I think I experienced a random bit flip while updating Linux on one of my
machines today. My laptop was humming along happily during compilation until GCC
suddenly aborted with an error: invalid preprocessing directive #lefine; did
you mean #define?.
On the 21th of June 2018, the release of the new wallet applications for Nano
was announced on
Shortly after that, another
was made telling users of the Android app to transfer their funds to a wallet
with a seed that was not generated by the app. I quickly looked up the source
code and found that the app was using a random number generator that is not
cryptographically secure. Let’s analyze how bad this really is. Spoiler: it’s
As most Go programmers probably know, strings are immutable in Go. This has its
advantages, but there are times when one might want to make changes to a string.
Using reflection, we can obtain the underlying StringHeader struct of strings
and modify the contents.