The Ethereum Browser Mist which was the pioneer in dApp integration and cryptocurrency GUI wallets as well as the ERC20 token standards, was disbanded. An announcement stated that the browser was being discontinued because of mounting security issues and the availability of better alternatives, such as Brave or Opera.
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Sande said that they faced extreme security problems, which made them reexamine their entire plan and question whether keeping the project alive was a wise use of resources from the Ethereum Foundation.
The Mist team decided that these security problems were too serious and they would like to remove the browser from the internet and extract the valuable parts to be integrated into other Ethereum projects.
Why mist was discontinued
Mist used to be one of the leading browsers for blockchain. It was the original wallet that introduced the “token standard” with Fabian Vogelsteller (author of ERC20 papers) as the lead developer. Mist also had the first GUI wallet, which allowed users to access ether and import presale key–this was back when you could only interact via the command line.
Unfortunately, security flaws in the browser were a result of Ethereum node synchronization (which was slowing down to take minutes, but now takes hours due to constraints on transaction throughput) and Electron. This open-source software framework is maintained by GitHub.
Van de Sande stated.
“… In late 2013, we discovered a number of very serious bugs that could allow hackers to access your computer, and your crypto keys. They can simply visit an untrusted web page [due to Electron] This attack is very serious .
While the Mist group had considered other alternatives, they were unable to provide the required resources for a secure browser. Therefore, Mist will cease support for active development and the browser will not be available anymore. Sande said that this was due to the expansion of excellent web3-focused organisations.
Sande then went on to say that these other browsers had more resources and were closer to providing the features.
“Other browser development teams have more resources, and are closer to native web3 features than we were in having a secure framework.
While the Mist team continues to work together, they will be transitioning to improving the user experience and front end of other teams within the Ethereum Foundation. Brave and Opera are expected to carry the web3 torch from this point.
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