IIP-46: Security - Operations & Investment Account

iip: 46
title: Security - Operations & Investment Account
status: Draft
author: Matthew Graham (@Matthew_Graham), Dylan Tran (@dylan), Accelerated Capital (@AcceleratedCapital) )PrairieFi (@prairiefi) Elliot (@ElliottWatts) DarkForestCapital (@DarkForestCapital) verto0912 (@verto0912) Mr Madila (@MrMadila) George (@george)
created: 2021-05-21


We propose creating two separate multisig wallet addresses: one for each of the Operations and Investment accounts. We discuss the responsibilities of each multisig from an account security perspective.


As outlined in the Treasury Diversification Proposal, the Treasury Working Group intends to split the current treasury into two accounts: an Operations Account and an Investment Account. In order to accomplish this, it is necessary to create two separate Gnosis multisig wallet addresses.

Initially, each account will have its own multisig wallet that will require 3 of 4 owners to approve a transaction. The four Index Coop representatives are: primary focal point for each account, TWG lead and 2 members of the Treasury Committee. The initial requirement for a minimum of 3 addresses approving a transaction from an eligible 4 addresses can be amended in the future as required.


Currently, all transactions from the Treasury Committee Wallet are controlled via a 3 person multisig with a 1 of 3 approval requirement and the main Treasury Wallet is controlled by a 3 person multisig with a 2 of 3 approval requirement. Although the Treasury Committee has proven viable, due to the rapid growth Index Coop has experienced and the frequency of transactions increasing, we now need to cascade responsibility amongst the broader community.

With regards to overseeing Index Coop’s finances, some responsibilities are being transitioned from the Treasury Committee to the Treasury Working Group (TWG). The first step in this transition is for the TWG to set up the security structure around Operation and Investment accounts. The Operations and Investment Accounts are to be funded from the Treasury Wallet as we transition to a more DAO-lead approach.

Multisig wallet addresses enable DAOs to delegate transaction approval authority to selected contributors - known as owners. The DAO places the trust in owners to transfer funds efficiently and securely knowing multiple owners need to approve each transaction, see infographic below.

One core feature of a multi-signature wallet is to be operated by multiple accounts known as owners. OwnerManager.sol allows you to add, remove, and replace owners. Furthermore, a threshold number of owners required to confirm a transaction for it to be executed can be specified and modified. This is a great feature as it allows the DAO to modify the control features as the DAO evolves over time. There is also the ability to set daily transfer limits on ERC20 tokens and approve whitelisted addresses that do not require confirmations. Initially we are opting for the basic version and will revisit the functionality of the wallet in time when the need to do so emerges. Multi-sig signers are expected to use hardware devices linked to their web3 wallet when performing these transactions, thus maximising the security against a potential attack.

There have been 6 audits on Gnosis Safe with the most recent being 4th May 2020. All findings have been implemented and currently, there is $7.5M bug bounty funds that offers $100K per bug. Gnosis Safe is trusted by many big name DeFi protocols like Aave, Yearn and Balancer.

The initial names listed on the multisig accounts are as shown below:

Roles Operations Account Investment Account
Treasury Committee @DarkForestCapital, @dylan @DarkForestCapital, @dylan
Treasury Work Group Lead @Matthew_Graham (:fire:Fire :fire:) @Matthew_Graham (:fire:Fire :fire:)
Account Manager @prairiefi @AcceleratedCapital



Create Operations & Investment Account wallet addresses according to the IIP-46 proposal.


DO NOT create Operations & Investment Account wallet addresses according to the IIP-46 proposal.


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@Matthew_Graham I think you are missing a poll in the voting section.

I am all FOR splitting the Treasury Wallet into an Operations Account and an Investment Account.

One concern I have, with the existing Treasury Wallet set-up, and the suggested Investment Account set-up, is that there is not enough redundancy with a 2-of-3 multsig.

The Ethereum Foundation uses a 4-of-7 multisig wallet to secure its funds (~$1B in value). It’s not difficult to imagine the Index Coop Investment account being over 1B in value in the future. Why should the Coop have less redundancy than the Ethereum Foundation?


I think it is good practice to allow time for some discussion before opening the poll. Then all the voters can have a chance or review the initial discussion before voting.

[it can also allow modifications to the proposal in light of the discussion before the voting opens]


The Treasury Wallet is a legacy structure in place from last year. As we grow, we have the ability to build out more security. We did increase the level of security on the Operations & Investment Account relative to the Treasury Wallet.

In time as these accounts receive more capital - I do think we will need to modify the structure from 3 of 4 to something more robust. The 4 of 7 is a good idea. It is good to keep in mind, these accounts are only going to be partially funded initially.


diving rrrrright on into question/notes :swimming_man:

Question one is the biggie and then the rest dig into the the role of the TWG.


Supposing this proposal as-is gets voted in, what is the impact for the Coop? Is it simply, “two, empty multi-sig addresses will exist”?

  • If this is simply the case 1) my below-questions may be moot for this proposal 2) it seems like we can expect a subsequent proposal that covers funding amounts & responsibilities & the sunsetting of the Treasury Wallet

Given that many of the payments below (via (TWG - Operations Account) aren’t actually happening today (smart treasury, distribution of rewards as stablecoins, KPI rewards, etc.)

  • Is approving this IIP approving those unexecuted programs?
  • What specifically is the Operations account responsible for funding?
  • Is the TWG Operations account a decision making body that decides what gets funded? Or is it a guidance body that shares the impact of potential spending? (or some other option I’m missing)

Which responsibilities are being transitioned from* the Treasury Committee to the TWG?

I’m a bit hazy on the motivation

  • What is the motivation behind this? In the explanation above I see mentions of the Treasury Committee, the Treasury Wallet, overseeing Coop finances, a deep dive on Gnosis multi sigs and more

Confirming understanding

Under this proposal, the TWG Operations account will control the following payments

  • Methodologist Rewards
  • Smart Treasury
  • Liquidity Mining Framework
  • Full Time Employee Package
  • Distribution of Community Rewards in Stable Coins, wETH & INDEX
  • Contributor Token Ownership Plan
  • KPI Rewards Program
  • Governance Mining
  • Working Groups

Source: TWG - Operations Account

Hi @gregdocter,

Great questions.

In a nut shell, let’s create 2 accounts with no funds now, let’s talk just security and everything else will be dealt with via separate forum posts. :slight_smile:

The focus of this post is to communicate setting up the account structure and emphasising how the accounts will function from a security perspective. We limited the scope of the post to focus conversation around the security aspect. There will be many more posts around the Operations and Investment accounts as we work through those details of transitioning Index Coop into a sustainable DAO model.

Our initial push to setup these accounts is to facilitate creating the Balancer Private Pool (was Smart Treasury). We wish to do this as soon as the strategic raise is completed. There will be a separate IIP requesting funding from the Treasury Committee to the Operations Account for setup the Balancer Pool. I would expect this IIP post tentatively next week.

Each major decision affecting the accounts, like the Balancer Pool, will go via a separate IIP. The IIP process will be the way each account is funded and any delegation of responsibility from Treasury Committee to TWG captured (we really do need to change that Treasury Committee name :rofl:). We see this as a transition over time as we collectively scale our community.


:pray: appreciate all the clarification!

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Further to today’s planning call, I would like to highlight the above multi-sig can be amended to reflect how the account will change over time.

Initially the funds in the Operations Account are less than what is in the Treasury and the security is significantly enhanced. We elected for a 3 of 4 based on the fact this is more restrictive than the 1 of 3 currently in place on the Treasury account. If Set Labs wants more presences on the multi-sig we can add more people. If we we need Balance Specific skills, then I can reach out to a Balancer dev and add them temporarily to the multi-sig to launch the pool.

There are many ways to do this, we just need to be transparent and have open dialogue with the community.

Sharing some clarity here, appreciate the patience and conversation :pray:

There is no pushback on this specific proposal, as the outcome is creating 2 accounts with no funds.

Where it gets a bit stickier is around moving $20MM+ to Balancer Private Pool.

I will add specific comments there now ^

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Hi @gregdocter,

This is great news!

As both accounts are to be created without funds, what the TWG intends to do is present IIPs each time we wish to transfer capital into one of these accounts.

The initial Balancer Private Pool proposal may have been ambitious :slight_smile: .

We have since discussed starting with smaller sums of capital. In time, the TWG will demonstrate ability to manage capital and these account will grow to have significant AUM within them. I am looking forward to seeing the community vote on the proposal. Thank you everyone for all the help and feedback.