The carmaker’s assistance to BTCPay Server is another sign of its serious commitment to bitcoin, beyond holding it in its treasury and accepting it as payment.
Tesla has just contributed to the open source software Bitcoin.
The automaker reported a bug in the open source Bitcoin payment processor and BTCPay Server wallet, and also helped the project team fix the flaw.
The electric vehicle and renewable energy company informed the BTCPay team about the bug after reviewing the project’s GitHub last week. This affects users who start BTCPay from “Docker Deployment, have an email server configured and registration enabled for users in Server Settings> Policies”, according to a post on BTCPay’s GitHub that included a patch. software.
“The security team did an audit and contacted us. Next, we focused on fixing most of the points they revealed, one by one. They are now helping us to improve our security-related disclosure process, ”BTCPay founder Nicolas Dorier told CoinDesk.
The BTCPay team wrote in their post on GitHub that more information about the bug would be released in their next major release.
“We want to thank @teslamotors for filing a responsible disclosure, helping us with remediation, and handling the situation professionally. We also want to thank Qaiser Abbas, an independent web-security researcher, for an additional responsible vulnerability disclosure that was handled in this release,” BTCPay’s team wrote in the software release fixing the bug.
Tesla + BTCPay Server?
The BTCPay team declined to comment on why Tesla was reviewing the project code or whether Tesla uses its platform (or a clone of the software) for its bitcoin payments. The code for bitcoin checkout invoices, however, shows traces of the same code found on most BTCPay invoices, and Elon Musk said the company uses open source software to process payments.
BTCPay Server was launched in 2017 by Dorier, a Bitcoin developer, in response to the controversial statements by the popular Bitcoin payment processor BitPay regarding the 2016 SegWit soft fork. Since its launch, BTCPay has been integrated as a donation portal for charitable initiatives around the world, including Nigeria and Venezuela.
The wallet is also used by many traders and companies in the Bitcoin industry as a selling point for online stores.
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Since Elon Musk announced Tesla’s billion-dollar bitcoin holdings, the company has also started accepting bitcoin in exchange for its services. Musk has publicly stated that the company plans to keep all bitcoins it receives and not convert them into cash.