Updates and improvements to Sonr.

  • January 17, 2023
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    Mercury Upgrade Deployed!

    The final software upgrade for our DevNet chain has been deployed, and we're all in on transitioning to TestNet! This release builds on the "rebuilt from scratch" announced on January 17, 2023.

    ➡ Highlights

    • IPFS Gateway and Resolver Deployed!

    • UCAN Storage Encryption

    • Tightened x/identity and Cosmos SDK Integration

    • Standardized Type Definitions

    • Cosmos Signature Authentication (Next Step IBC)

    • ...and introducing ETHAccount, and BTCAccount interfaces!

    ➡ UCAN ❤️ Sonr

    The UCAN Specification by the Fission Labs team was a stunningly seamless integration within the Sonr DID Spec. Documents can Issue/Verify Claims and create Attestation/Origin Tokens - all while using JWKs as an authorization header for the Vault API endpoints. We plan to utilize the recent WebTransport implementation by the Libp2p team for the upcoming motor.js.

    ➡ Generic Blockchain Accounts

    There's little dispute that we will live in a Multi-Chain future. The Sonr MPC protocol offers a Decentralized Solution to the traditional onboarding mechanism in Web3, greatly alleviating user friction points. Our latest release has begun migrating our Account Interface to allow for custom transaction signing implementations. This includes the initial development of accounts for BitCoin and Ethereum.

    So far, we have incorporated the following hashing functions:

    • Keccak-256 (Ethereum)

    • SHA-256 (Bitcoin)

    • BLAKE-3 (Sonr Authentication)

    What's Next?

    The primary focus of our next upgrade (Venus) is to coordinate the launch of our Testnet to the general developer audience. We anticipate reaching this goal by the end of March - Early April. Outside of what's on our roadmap, we will be prioritizing these initiatives:

    • IBC Integration and Cosmos Hub Testnet Interactions

    • Interchain Account Support with DIDDocuments

    • Rosetta Client Implementation for Generic Accounts

    • Upgrade Motor API to support x/identity

    Full Changelog


    • Build Account Abstraction for Network Fine-Tuning

    • Interface cryptotypes.pubkey over Share Config

    • Separate Vault, Auth Service for UCAN/MPC

    • Use Bitswap for PubKey Varints Encoding

    • Allow DID Service to operate as a Relaying party

    • Create protocol implementation under x/identity

    • Provide Server Context to underlying WebAuthn Service

    • Use Blockchain Keeper State to Query Accounts

    • Integrate Nebula Design System

    • Implement API Playground for Core Cosmos Modules

    • Inherit IPFS API and IPFS Node methods for Motor


    • Introduce OrbitDB for structured IPFS Storage

    • Create Wallet Store Interface

    • Add WalletConfig to DID Controller Interface

    • IPFS NACL Secret Box Encryption

    • Introduce OrbitDB for structured IPFS Storage

    • Create Wallet Store Interface

    • Add WalletConfig to DID Controller Interface

    • IPFS NACL Secret Box Encryption

    • Support UCAN Token Generation Over Account

    • Implement x/identity PubKey MultiCodec

    • Add Challenge and Authentication Methods

    • Add Alias/Domain Registration Methods

    • Enable Proposal Based Upgrades


    • Add Method to return SignerData from AccountConfig.

    • Create Enum Types for Common Token Denominations

    • Build Conversion Ramp for Credentials

    • Utilize CosmoVisor for Upgrades

    • Backup Genesis File on Network Upgrades

    • Migrate Generation to buf.gen.yaml

    • Add Generation Script for Types

    • Integrate Upgrade Module

    • Merge Docs Repo with Blockchain Repo for Mint

    • Transfer CI/CD Pipeline from GitHub Actions to Buddy.Works

    Bug Fixes

    • Publish IPFS Gateway to Sonr.Space API Endpoints

    • Restrict IPFS HTTP API Access to Validator Nodes

    • Publish the latest types to the registry on GitHub Actions Tag


    We got your feedback. Thank you!

  • January 17, 2023
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    A New Beginning: Introducing x/Identity

    We are excited to announce the (soft launch) of our latest module for our Cosmos Blockchain. Sonr is a self-sovereign data platform that enables developers to build user-centric, privacy-preserving applications, all secured by a Cosmos-powered blockchain.

    Sonr utilizes DID documents, Webauthn, IPFS, and multi-party computation, to provide a fully decentralized mechanism for identity and crypto asset management. This allows developers to create user-friendly and secure applications while ensuring users maintain control of their data and assets.

    The x/identity module results from the culmination of multiple existing elements in the Sonr component stack. By leveraging the default P2P nature, we were able to optimize our "Decentralized-Wallet-As-A-Service" significantly.

    • 180% Faster - Execution Time dropped on all tests from roughly 40s to >2s (huge news!!)

    • 150M+ Encryption Parameters - Secure IPFS Storage

    • Much better Web Support - Libp2p over gRPC, HTTP, and WebTransport

    • And most recently, BTC, ETH, and FileCoin Wallet Generation Support.


    • Implement x/Identity Module Query Methods

    • Implement x/Identity Keeper gRPC Message Service

    • Support CGGMP Algorithm

    • Build Host Interface for MPC Online Network

    • Create Motor Interface for Interacting with Remote P2P Peer

    • Design and Implement Next.js Login/Register Panel for WebAuthn

    • Design and Implement Flutter Dashboard View for Account Management

    • Integrate Libp2p JS to Interact with Vault Methods over gRPC

    • Enable Pubsub and IPLD on Highway Node

    • Build Offline Implementation of Point Network for MPC


    • Add Docs API Playground for Core Cosmos Modules

    • Inherit IPFS API and IPFS Shell methods for Motor

    • Utilize Kubo as Library for Sonr Highway Protocol

    • Integrate Libp2p Pubsub for Broadcast Communication

    • Build gRPC Server with Libp2p Host for Vault System

    • Utilize GPT-3 for Generating Docs Glossary Terms

    • Create Vercel Serverless Functions to Store Docs

    • Enable Namespaced Routing Discovery for All Nodes


    • Utilize CosmoVisor for Upgrades

    • Merge Docs Repo with Blockchain Repo for Mint

    • Remove Deprecated Protocols

    • Remove Pseudo Network Interface

    • Upgrade Module to v0.46.x

    • Remove Isolated Process Generation

    • Build Protocol Initialization Sequence

    • Migrate Node Interface to Utilize IPFS CoreAPI for Embedded Node

    • Add x/Identity API Playground to Docs

    • Add Ecosystem to Links in Docs

    • Deploy Private IPFS Cluster

    Bug fixes

    • Fix DID Document Resolution Tests

    • Fix DID Specific Query Methods

    • Transfer CI/CD Pipeline from GitHub Actions to Buddy.Works

    • Remove Deprecated Modules

    • Remove IPFS Shell Reference for Add/Get with Node


    We got your feedback. Thank you!

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