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B Protocol PQ Review

Score : 80%

This is a Process Quality Review of B protocol completed on 2/3/2021. It was performed using the Process Review process (version 0.6.1) and is documented here. The review was performed by Lucas of DeFiSafety. Check out our Telegram.

The final score of the review is 80%, a clear pass. The breakdown of the scoring is in Scoring Appendix.

Summary of the Process

Very simply, the review looks for the following declarations from the developer's site. With these declarations, it is reasonable to trust the smart contracts.

  • Here are my smart contracts on the blockchain

  • Here is the documentation that explains what my smart contracts do

  • Here are the tests I ran to verify my smart contract

  • Here are the audit(s) performed on my code by third party experts

Disclaimer

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Code and Team

This section looks at the code deployed on the Mainnet that gets reviewed and its corresponding software repository. The document explaining these questions is here. This review will answer the questions;

  1. Are the executing code addresses readily available? (Y/N)

  2. Is the code actively being used? (%)

  3. Is there a public software repository? (Y/N)

  4. Is there a development history visible? (%)

  5. Is the team public (not anonymous)? (Y/N)

Are the executing code addresses readily available? (Y/N)

Answer: Yes

They are available from the GitHb readme; https://github.com/backstop-protocol/dss-cdp-manager/blob/update-readme/DEPLOYED.md as detailed in the Appendix.

Is the code actively being used? (%)

Answer: 100%

For contract BCdpManager there are more than 10 transactions a week, as indicated in the Appendix.

Percentage Score Guidance

100% More than 10 transactions a day 70% More than 10 transactions a week 40% More than 10 transactions a month 10% Less than 10 transactions a month 0% No activity

Is there a public software repository? (Y/N)

Answer: Yes

GitHub: https://github.com/backstop-protocol/dss-cdp-manager

Is there a public software repository with the code at a minimum, but normally test and scripts also (Y/N). Even if the repo was created just to hold the files and has just 1 transaction, it gets a Yes. For teams with private repos, this answer is No.

Is there a development history visible? (%)

Answer: 100%

There are 488 commits and 17 branches making this a healthy repo.

This checks if the software repository demonstrates a strong steady history. This is normally demonstrated by commits, branches and releases in a software repository. A healthy history demonstrates a history of more than a month (at a minimum).

Guidance: 100% Any one of 100+ commits, 10+branches 70% Any one of 70+ commits, 7+branches 50% Any one of 50+ commits, 5+branches 30% Any one of 30+ commits, 3+branches 0% Less than 2 branches or less than 10 commits

How to improve this score

Continue to test and perform other verification activities after deployment, including routine maintenance updating to new releases of testing and deployment tools. A public development history indicates clearly to the public the level of continued investment and activity by the developers on the application. This gives a level of security and faith in the application.

Is the team public (not anonymous)? (Y/N)

Answer: Yes

Information about the team can be found on their website.

Documentation

This section looks at the software documentation. The document explaining these questions is here.

Required questions are;

  1. Is there a whitepaper? (Y/N)

  2. Are the basic software functions documented? (Y/N)

  3. Does the software function documentation fully (100%) cover the deployed contracts? (%)

  4. Are there sufficiently detailed comments for all functions within the deployed contract code (%)

  5. Is it possible to trace from software documentation to the implementation in codee (%)

Is there a whitepaper? (Y/N)

Answer: Yes

Are the basic software functions documented? (Y/N)

Answer: Yes

Basic docs are evident in the GitHub readme

Does the software function documentation fully (100%) cover the deployed contracts? (%)

Answer: 80%

Guidance:

100% All contracts and functions documented 80% Only the major functions documented 79-1% Estimate of the level of software documentation 0% No software documentation

How to improve this score

This score can improve by adding content to the requirements document such that it comprehensively covers the requirements. For guidance, refer to the SecurEth System Description Document . Using tools that aid traceability detection will help.

Are there sufficiently detailed comments for all functions within the deployed contract code (%)

Answer: 12%

There are an extremely small set of comments present in the functions.

Code examples are in the Appendix. As per the SLOC, there is 12% commenting to code (CtC).

The Comments to Code (CtC) ratio is the primary metric for this score.

Guidance: 100% CtC > 100 Useful comments consistently on all code 90-70% CtC > 70 Useful comment on most code 60-20% CtC > 20 Some useful commenting 0% CtC < 20 No useful commenting

How to improve this score

This score can improve by adding comments to the deployed code such that it comprehensively covers the code. For guidance, refer to the SecurEth Software Requirements.

Is it possible to trace from software documentation to the implementation in code (%)

Answer: 40%

The documentation lists all the functions and describes their functions.

Guidance: 100% - Clear explicit traceability between code and documentation at a requirement level for all code 60% - Clear association between code and documents via non explicit traceability 40% - Documentation lists all the functions and describes their functions 0% - No connection between documentation and code

How to improve this score

This score can improve by adding traceability from requirements to code such that it is clear where each requirement is coded. For reference, check the SecurEth guidelines on traceability.

Testing

This section looks at the software testing available. It is explained in this document. This section answers the following questions;

  1. Full test suite (Covers all the deployed code) (%)

  2. Code coverage (Covers all the deployed lines of code, or explains misses) (%)

  3. Scripts and instructions to run the tests (Y/N)

  4. Packaged with the deployed code (Y/N)

  5. Report of the results (%)

  6. Formal Verification test done (%)

  7. Stress Testing environment (%)

Is there a Full test suite? (%)

Answer: 100%

Test to Code ration is 915% so definitely a full test suite.

This score is guided by the Test to Code ratio (TtC). Generally a good test to code ratio is over 100%. However the reviewers best judgement is the final deciding factor.

Guidance: 100% TtC > 120% Both unit and system test visible 80% TtC > 80% Both unit and system test visible 40% TtC < 80% Some tests visible 0% No tests obvious

How to improve this score

This score can improve by adding tests to fully cover the code. Document what is covered by traceability or test results in the software repository.

Code coverage (Covers all the deployed lines of code, or explains misses) (%)

Answer: 50%

No code coverage results, so 50% die to a full test suite.

Guidance: 100% - Documented full coverage 99-51% - Value of test coverage from documented results 50% - No indication of code coverage but clearly there is a reasonably complete set of tests 30% - Some tests evident but not complete 0% - No test for coverage seen

How to improve this score

This score can improve by adding tests achieving full code coverage. A clear report and scripts in the software repository will guarantee a high score.

Scripts and instructions to run the tests (Y/N)

Answer: Yes

No testing instructions found in the readme.

How to improve this score

Add the scripts to the repository and ensure they work. Ask an outsider to create the environment and run the tests. Improve the scripts and docs based on their feedback.

Packaged with the deployed code (Y/N)

Answer: Yes

Report of the results (%)

Answer: 0%

No report of testing was found.

Guidance: 100% - Detailed test report as described below 70% - GitHub Code coverage report visible 0% - No test report evident

How to improve this score

Add a report with the results. The test scripts should generate the report or elements of it.

Formal Verification test done (%)

Answer: 0%

No formal validation is evident.

Stress Testing environment (%)

Answer: 0%

No stress testing network is evident.

Audits

Answer: 90%

B. Protocol has an audit, as indicated below.

Location: https://github.com/solidified-platform/audits/blob/master/Audit%20Report%20-%20Backstop%20Protocol%20%5B02.10.2020%5D.pdf

Guidance:

  1. Multiple Audits performed before deployment and results public and implemented or not required (100%)

  2. Single audit performed before deployment and results public and implemented or not required (90%)

  3. Audit(s) performed after deployment and no changes required. Audit report is public. (70%)

  4. No audit performed (20%)

  5. Audit Performed after deployment, existence is public, report is not public and no improvements deployed OR smart contract address' not found, question 1 (0%)

Appendices

Author Details

The author of this review is Rex of DeFi Safety.

Email : [email protected]defisafety.com Twitter : @defisafety

I started with Ethereum just before the DAO and that was a wonderful education. It showed the importance of code quality. The second Parity hack also showed the importance of good process. Here my aviation background offers some value. Aerospace knows how to make reliable code using quality processes.

I was coaxed to go to EthDenver 2018 and there I started SecuEth.org with Bryant and Roman. We created guidelines on good processes for blockchain code development. We got EthFoundation funding to assist in their development.

Process Quality Reviews are an extension of the SecurEth guidelines that will further increase the quality processes in Solidity and Vyper development.

DeFiSafety is my full time gig and we are working on funding vehicles for a permanent staff.

Scoring Appendix

Executing Addresses

Code Used Appendix

Example Code Appendix

contract DssCdpManager is LibNote {
address public vat;
uint public cdpi; // Auto incremental
mapping (uint => address) public urns; // CDPId => UrnHandler
mapping (uint => List) public list; // CDPId => Prev & Next CDPIds (double linked list)
mapping (uint => address) public owns; // CDPId => Owner
mapping (uint => bytes32) public ilks; // CDPId => Ilk
mapping (address => uint) public first; // Owner => First CDPId
mapping (address => uint) public last; // Owner => Last CDPId
mapping (address => uint) public count; // Owner => Amount of CDPs
mapping (
address => mapping (
uint => mapping (
address => uint
)
)
) public cdpCan; // Owner => CDPId => Allowed Addr => True/False
mapping (
address => mapping (
address => uint
)
) public urnCan; // Urn => Allowed Addr => True/False
struct List {
uint prev;
uint next;
}
event NewCdp(address indexed usr, address indexed own, uint indexed cdp);
modifier cdpAllowed(
uint cdp
) {
require(msg.sender == owns[cdp] || cdpCan[owns[cdp]][cdp][msg.sender] == 1, "cdp-not-allowed");
_;
}
modifier urnAllowed(
address urn
) {
require(msg.sender == urn || urnCan[urn][msg.sender] == 1, "urn-not-allowed");
_;
}
constructor(address vat_) public {
vat = vat_;
}
function add(uint x, uint y) internal pure returns (uint z) {
require((z = x + y) >= x);
}
function sub(uint x, uint y) internal pure returns (uint z) {
require((z = x - y) <= x);
}

SLOC Appendix

Solidity Contracts

Language

Files

Lines

Blanks

Comments

Code

Complexity

Solidity

10

866

170

73

623

49

Comments to Code 170/ 623 = 12%

Javascript Tests

Language

Files

Lines

Blanks

Comments

Code

Complexity

JavaScript

13

7749

1695

355

5699

165

Tests to Code 5699/ 623 = 915%