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Macbook Pro OS X 10.10.5 Mist/Ethereum-Wallet 0.8.1 Node type: Geth 1.4.10 (Go)

When running Ethereum-Wallet I have been receiving this pop-up message (presumably from within the application) quite regularly:

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Unable to connect. Please start geth with the following options:

geth --rpc --rpccorsdomain "https://wallet.ethereum.org"

Optional add: --unlock <yourAccount>.

This does not prevented me from syncing with the network; nor have I experienced any problems with transactions or my balance.

Is this a potential security issue I, and other users, should be concerned about?

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The error is saying that Mist cannot connect to geth's endpoint (due to the same origin policy of most browsers (which are expected to be used when interacting with geth)).

The second suggestion is necessary only when making transactions to the block chain (which require private key recovery for signing).

You can sync since geth's functionality is not concerned, only the apps interfacing with it. This is clearly not a security issue as it's how geth (and all current implementation of Ethereum clients) was designed and expected to work.

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I would recommend that, when you launch Geth manually for use within Mist/Ethereum-Wallet, you do not use the --rpc flags, but instead rely on the IPC file.

For the web page you open in Mist to work, it needs to initialise web3 gracefully. See https://github.com/ethereum/wiki/wiki/JavaScript-API#adding-web3.

  • Thanks for your suggestion Xavier. I'm not really familiar with the coding side of things yet, so just making sure I am using best practices as a user (ie, choosing the appropriate node, backing up my files, ensuring my everything is secure) for the moment. Will look into it the future though. – user3962 Aug 21 '16 at 11:16
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I found that switching between networks "corrects" this problem.

  1. Develop / Network / Testnet; then
  2. Develop / Network / Main network

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