Common Flaws & Misconceptions of Ethereum Smart Contracts

Common Flaws & Misconceptions of Ethereum Smart Contracts

Flaws & Misconceptions about Ethereum Smart Contracts

Smart contracts enables to trade cash, property, offers, or anything which is of significant worth in a straightforward, clash freeway while maintaining a strategic distance from the administrations of any agent. Its an aid to note that bitcoin was the first to be supporting smart contracts as in the system can exchange an incentive starting with one individual then onto the next. The system of nodes will just approve and validate the exchanges if certain conditions are met.

Besides that, yet bitcoin is constrained to the currency use. However, ethereum replaces bitcoin’s more restrictive language and replaces it with a language that allows developers to write their own programs.

There are flaws about these smart contracts, prompting disarray about what they are and what they can do. Here are two of the most common flaws which are as follows;

1. Security Risk
The security risk factor is said to be a major flaw of the ethereum smart contracts. The study by Andrew (2017) states that since 2015 when ethereum was introduced, its security dangers is not any mystery within the blockchain group. Since the $50m hack in the year 2016, the group moved back to the computerized records with another “hard fork” – basically introducing two forms of Ethereum, one preceding the hack and one after. Another $30m was stolen in July by hackers.

According to the study by newsbtc, it is said that there are a wide range of perspectives of smart contract. In the same way, layouts can be utilized through with any extra code it ends as a security hazard. It is necessary to know if ethereum-based contracts are secure or not, as it is indicated by new researchers that the future of ethereum does not seem bright. There are researchers working to improve the security standards and reduce the vulnerabilities.

The fundamental issue is the manner the smart contracts are utilized to oversee other individuals’ cash. It seems to be an easy and comfortable way but there is a trade-off to be made. These existing contracts can’t be revised which is a major issue.

2. Analyzing the Code

Despite the fact that smart contracts are intended to reduce the complexity of the operations though their code is truly mind boggling. Each smart contract is composed by a human coder, yet their information is hard to break down.

The above mentioned are just the flaws of the ethereum smart contract but it just doesn’t end here, as there are many misconceptions about the smart contacts as well. From which a few are listed below;

#1. Smart contacts: they are codes and not contracts: A common phrase quoted by Oliver is that “smart contracts are neither smart nor contracts, they are just dumb code”.

  • #2. Smart contracts can operate fully autonomously: The most well-known perception is that individuals have their assumption that a smart contract can effectively examine the surroundings and execute because of changes automatically, i.e. a smart contract proactively questions an outer/external database and changes its own particular state on the bases of the outcome.

However, in the practical world we have possessed the capacity to computerize the forms since we have computers. Whenever you read something and arrive at conclusions that require smart contracts to automate logic like make a payment based on a share which has a specific date, that is when you have been misdirected. Financial market trading businesses at investment banks have been making automatic payments based on share prices or other data for many years now.

  • #3. Smart contracts can make payments in normal currencies: As of now, smart contracts can only make payments in digital currencies (BTC, ETH, and so on), and different balances stored on blockchains, called as coins or tokens. Ethereum smart contracts can make ETH installments, or move around coin/token balances which are recorded on Ethereum. Smart contracts can’t make payments in fiat monetary forms/currencies such as SGD, USD and others, in general they reside in bank accounts, and bank accounts are currently recorded on private ledgers – not distributed ledgers.

Smart contracts have the capacity to make fiat cash payments when the representation of fiat is put onto a blockchain, by an entity with the lawful potential to do this, regardless of whether it’s a business bank or national bank or payment institution. This is only reason getting a representation of fiat currency on the distributed ledger is so important in order to realize the promise of smart contracts and distributed ledgers.

  • #4. Smart contracts are self-executing bits of code: This misconception isn’t true. That is because, when you place the cash into a candy machine to influence it to distribute, similarly with open blockchains you have to pay to deploy/run the contract. With a blockchain, for example, Ethereum, you run a smart contract by paying it with ETH (Ether, Ethereum’s native cryptographic money) – this is just as similar to placing the cash into a candy machine.

By and large, smart contracts have significant limitations for certifiable applications. They are not yet ready to contend with contracts/money related items by budgetary/financial establishments, as these organizations are still fundamentally better at managing the unpredictability of contingent esteem exchange. However, as a strategy to oversee and computerized methods in a decentralized database, smart contracts are useful.

References
1.0 https://www.coindesk.com/3-common-smart-contract-misconceptions-explored/
2.0 https://bitsonblocks.net/2017/03/07/three-common-misconceptions-about-smart-contracts/
3.0 https://www.newsbtc.com/2018/02/24/over-3000-ethereum-smart-contracts-contain-major-security-flaws/

 

 

Author: Raj Sanghvi

Raj Sanghvi is a technologist, innovator and founder/CEO of BitCot, a full service award-winning application development company. With BitCot, Sanghvi has helped over 100 clients develop mobile apps & SaaS platforms, making them affordable and successful. Visit Raj Sanghvi on LinkedIn and follow him on Twitter, @BitCot.View Full Bio

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