This article covers the release of ElectrumSV 1.3.16, and some of the more important changes that have been made since ElectrumSV 1.3.15.
This release, ElectrumSV 1.3.16, is the only version we support. If you use older versions and encounter bugs and security problems, you do so at your own risk. You are advised to upgrade ElectrumSV to 1.3.16.
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Do you need an introduction to how ElectrumSV works?
We have a selected range of guides to common tasks that our users may want to do in our documentation, please check it out.
Where can you download ElectrumSV?
The only safe downloads are available from: electrumsv.io
Where can you get help?
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What has changed in this release?
The main changes in this release have been listed below. If you don’t want to know the details, just read the titles. If you want to find out about smaller fixes, you can check the release notes in the Github repository.
Browser root certificate revoked
Due to the packages we depend on, we bundle the root certificates that are used to verify that when we connect to a web site it is the legitimate web site. One of these certificates was revoked, and we need to do a release to provide a version of the wallet that does not contain that revoked certificate. The version of the certifi package we include has been updated.
This is the primary reason for this release.
User interface bug
User interface: There seems to be a bug where restoring a wallet would leave the history tab list of transactions not correctly updated. Specifically, the dates would still show "Unknown" despite the transaction having been verified as in a block with the merkle proof. It should have been updated with the date of the block. A workaround was added to force an update, but the whole model seems to need a rewrite however the current focus is on the 1.4 release.
Updated header checkpoints
We do not include all the past blockchain headers with the wallet, and before the wallet can work properly it used to download all the headers. Nowadays we have built-in checkpointing so that we can fetch the headers we need on demand, and not require that long startup time. In order to make this release more user-friendly, we have updated the mainnet and testnet header checkpoints.
Header bug fix
There is an occasional bug where the file headers are stored in does not get written correctly. This mainly happens on Windows, but has been observed on Linux. We have included a fix that flushes and closes the file storage on exit, and should hopefully fix this rare but continuing problem.
The documentation covering how to verify your download with our PGP signatures referred to a different file suffix ".sig" for the file signatures rather than ".asc" which the tooling appears to have switched to, causing user confusion. This has now been aligned with the tooling, and uses ".asc".
Technical debt (Python language)
The Python standard library has provided a range of useful hashing functionality out of the box. One of these, RIPEMD-160, is used in Bitcoin primarily for things like public key hashes (as used in P2PKH addresses) and script hashes (as used in the past in P2SH addresses). The Python support for RIPEMD-160 comes from the support for it in the OpenSSL library. With the removal of it from OpenSSL 3, it is also no longer available in Python and ElectrumSV errored when it tried to access it. We now bundle a giant hack that intercepts Python language RIPEMD-160 usage in both ElectrumSV and in our bitcoinx dependency and reroutes it through Cryptodomex (which we included anyway and primarily used to speed up AES encryption/decryption).
Technical debt (Hardware wallets)
Our hardware wallet support has always been something we have to maintain ourselves. This leaves us and our users in a non-ideal position. Anyone using a hardware wallet has to avoid updating it or they risk putting their device in a state where ElectrumSV cannot communicate with it.
- Ledger hardware wallets have declared the way we use them the legacy approach and the latest updates from them no longer support the legacy approach. It is unclear if this is a firmware or an on-device application issue. If it is an issue caused by firmware upgrades, then given that Ledger do not allow downgrades the upgraded hardware wallet is likely now unusable with ElectrumSV. If it is in the Bitcoin or Bitcoin Cash application, then it is possible a user who is updating the application might be able to work out how to revert to earlier versions. In either case it is best to avoid updating them.
- The Ledger Python packages we rely on are older versions compatible with the legacy approach which means we cannot use the newer versions. The Python packaging ecosystem maintainers have broken backwards compatibility for some aspect of packaging and the Ledger packages do that thing. So now we have forked those versions of the Ledger packages and maintain custom versions.
- Keepkey do not have official Python packages. We have had to fork an earlier version of their repository we know works (later versions gave us protobuf related errors) and publish our own packages for this device brand.
- Broken hidapi dependency. Ledger and Trezor rely on hidapi. But on MacOS the newer versions of this library cause segmentation faults on exit. So after a lot of experimenting we've pinned to older versions that are known to work. This is related to how ElectrumSV communicates with Ledger and Trezor devices.
- Broken protobuf dependency. We spent a lot of time trying to update our version of protobuf but encountered numerous problems. In the end we pinned to the old version we know worked for 1.3.15. This is related to how ElectrumSV communicates with Keepkey devices.
We spent a lot of time trying to work out the most stable combination of packages we depend on and get everything working as well as it used to for this release. We managed to do that, but there are known issues.
- Some users on Windows will get an error when they click on something that opens a camera window for scanning QR codes. Whether we use the old qrcode support from 2012 we inherited from Electrum Core or a new version we compile from a modern maintained Github repository, this problem exists. After some examination it was found that this was already present in 1.3.15 and preceding versions. Without a rewrite of the QR code support will not get fixed, and we cannot justify that work for the 1.3 line. It has already been fixed in 1.4 but the backporting work for an uncommon problem cannot be justified.
What changed before this release?
Each of our release articles links to the article for the release before it. You can follow our releases back and see what changed in each, by the article that accompanied that release.
Read about what changed in ElectrumSV 1.3.15