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Understanding delegations aka spending approvals in Solflare
Understanding delegations aka spending approvals in Solflare
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Written by Jakov
Updated over a week ago

This guide explains the "Signing this transaction will allow your funds to be spent at a future date without your approval" warning you might encounter in Solflare while interacting with decentralized applications (dApps).
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What Does the Warning Mean?

This warning appears when a transaction you're about to sign on Solflare requests a change to your token account authority delegation. In simpler terms, the dApp is asking permission to potentially perform additional transactions with your tokens in the future, without requiring your approval for each individual transaction.
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Technical Explanation (Optional):

For users interested in the technical details, this delegation is related to the Solana Token Program's concept of Authority Delegation: https://spl.solana.com/token#authority-delegation.
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Why Does This Happen?

This situation often arises when interacting with dApps that involve complex transactions with multiple steps. These steps might be interdependent, meaning one transaction relies on the successful completion of another. Granting future spend permission allows the dApp to execute these linked transactions efficiently.
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Why Be Cautious?

While some dApps have legitimate reasons for requesting future spend permission, it's essential to be vigilant:

  • Malicious Intent: This permission could potentially be misused by a malicious dApp to steal your funds in future transactions without your knowledge.

How to Stay Safe:

  • Double-Check the dApp: Before granting future spend permission, thoroughly verify the dApp's reputation. Use only trusted dApps with a proven track record. Reliable review platforms and community resources can help assess a dApp's legitimacy.

  • Consider a Burner Wallet: If you're unsure about a dApp but still want to interact with it, create a separate "burner wallet" with a small amount of cryptocurrency for testing purposes. This minimizes potential losses if the dApp turns out to be malicious. Remember to use a unique recovery phrase for the burner wallet for optimal security.

Additional Information:

  • Solflare is currently one of the few wallets that actively detects and displays a warning when a transaction attempts to change your token account authority delegation.

By understanding the meaning of this warning and following these security best practices, you can make informed decisions when interacting with dApps in Solflare and protect your cryptocurrency assets.

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