How To Revoke and Approve Token Allowance on BSC, Polygon Chains

Navigating the intricate landscape of blockchain technology, one often encounters the necessity of managing token allowances on the Binance Smart Chain (BSC). This crucial aspect of DeFi transactions, known as BSC allowance, plays a pivotal role in how we interact with smart contracts. However, the need to revoke BSC allowances can arise, especially when security concerns loom.

In this comprehensive guide, we delve into the process of BSC revoke, a critical step in maintaining control over your digital assets. We also explore the use of BscScan for revoking allowances, providing you with a step-by-step approach to ensure your crypto journey is as secure as possible. So, let’s dive in and demystify the process of revoking BSC allowances.

I’m always impressed by humanity’s capacity for thinking up new ways to do mean things to each other. So, did you know that bad guys are trying to steal your crypto! It turns out that a little-known feature of most DeFi wallets is exposing users to the risk of attack. If that sounds alarming, then it should do.

Let’s identify, assess, and mitigate this threat.

Quick summary
🔒 TopicSummary
🔑 Token Allowance and Its FunctionToken allowance is the maximum amount a smart contract has permission to spend from your wallet. This feature is necessary for transactions that require a smart contract to access your wallet to spend the tokens you are investing or swapping.
⚠️ Risks of Unlimited Token AllowanceUnlimited token allowance can pose a significant risk, especially when dealing with new, unknown companies. There have been instances where bad actors exploited this feature to steal not only the staked funds but all the tokens held in users’ wallets.
🔍 Checking Approval RecordsThere are several chain analysis tools available to help users revoke unnecessary permissions. These include Beefy Finance Revoke Feature,, BSCscan/PolygonScan Token Approval Feature,, and TAC.
🏦 Centralized ExchangesCentralized exchanges like Binance, Kucoin, and Kraken allow users to trade cryptocurrencies. They offer various features such as spot trading, futures, P2P trading, margin trading, and more.
🤔 Final ThoughtsAs DeFi continues to grow, so will the associated risks. It’s important for users to remain vigilant and meet each new challenge as it arises. Wallet applications could improve by providing a toggle next to each coin displaying whether it’s set to unlimited or beyond a user-defined threshold.

What is a token allowance and how does it work?

Whenever you make a transaction from your DeFi wallet, you have to click “Confirm” to proceed. But what are you confirming? Most people would never think to look, but if you open the contract details you might be in for a shock.

Why do we need approval?

Each transaction requires that a smart contract has access to your wallet to spend the tokens you are investing or swapping. The token allowance is the maximum amount the smart contract has permission to spend from your wallet. Say you have $10,000 worth of DAI, you don’t want to let a small transaction have access to the whole amount. Well, take a look at the permissions being afforded to the smart contract when you click the confirm button. More often than not, the amount will be set to ‘Unlimited.’ Yikes!

It sounds worse than it is but there’s still a significant risk, depending on which projects you interact with. In all situations when value is exchanged, there’ll be ingenious criminals hell-bent on subverting the process for their own gains. In an ecosystem as new and complex as smart contracts, there’ll always exist loopholes, backdoors, and weaknesses to exploit.

What’s the danger of unlimited token allowance?

During these nascent stages of DeFi, investing often involves sending money to a company you know nothing about. In a bid to get in early, yield farmers choose companies that might be a few weeks old at most. Allowing these anonymous service providers unlimited access to your tokens might well end in disaster.

The best-known case is the MEOW rug-pull. The UniCats project required users to deposit Uniswap tokens to start farming MEOW tokens. The smart contract requested unlimited allowance which nobody knew or cared about. People just clicked confirm as per usual. When the scammers are eventually rug-pulled, they could access not only the staked funds but all the UNI tokens held in users’ wallets.

Another case of thievery happened with the aptly named Degen Money. Two approval transactions were coded into the smart contract. One for a legitimate address for the application, but the other for an illicit address that had been prepared to steal crypto. Nobody ever checked the addresses, so the extra one wasn’t spotted until it was too late.

Other cases of abuse center around developers inserting proxies, and code being copied and applied lazily by developers. There’s a great explanation by the man behind DeFi is new, unregulated, and there are plenty of bad people out there. So how do we protect ourselves?

How to check approval records?

There are several chain analysis tools designed to help you revoke any unnecessary permissions. They’re simple to use and do more or less the same thing for different blockchains and wallets. Some of these are sites built by kind-spirited individuals for no reward, other than the satisfaction of helping decentralized finance progress.

●     Beefy Finance Revoke Feature

Beefy finance revoke features

Apart from providing vaults for its yield farming, Beefy Finance has a revoke function. It automatically opened my Metamask browser extension wallet and asked me to click confirm. The tool displays, “Find & revoke all the addresses that can spend your tokens,” then gives you the option to revoke the unwanted permissions. It’s simple, free, and effective.


unrekt revoke feature

A free basic website enables wallet holders to revoke permissions on multiple blockchains, such as ETH, BSC, HECO, FTM, and MATIC.

●     BSCscan/PolygonScan Token Approval Feature

BscScan homepage

The BSC Chain tool helps you to review and revoke token approvals for all your Dapps. You enter a wallet address and view the Dapps that have access to your tokens.


Revoke cash

These guys are transparent enough to show their code on GitHub. This is important as you never know who’ll be the first to exploit this revoke issue. Someone will inevitably build a tool that purports to help you revoke unlimited allowances, then steals all your crypto. I wouldn’t put it past them! is compatible with Brave Browser, Metamask, MathWallet, Safepal, and TrustWallet.

●     TAC

Token allowance checker

From the TAC/Dappstar webpage, you can revoke permissions in the following wallets.

  • MetaMask
  • WalletConnect
  • Ledger
  • Trezor
  • Lattice
  • Authereum
  • Opera
  • Torus
  • Frame
  • Gnosis Safe

Also, check out our other decentralized finance platform reviews:

Final Thoughts

It’s an arms race. The good guys build something, then the bad guys hack it. The good guys fix the leak, but the bad guys are dreaming up new ways to get around these latest security updates. This is not necessarily a bad thing. It’s how security develops over time, indeed it inspired the entire enterprise of cryptography, to which we owe everything.

This could all be handled from within the wallet application. There should be a toggle next to each of your coins displaying whether it’s set to unlimited, or beyond a user-defined threshold. There’s also the challenge that revoking permission needs 5 to 15 minutes to take effect. If you are defending against a known crook, would it be possible for bad actors to be in and out of your wallet before you can reasonably stop them?

As DeFi continues to boom, so will the associated crime. There are exploits as yet of unthought-of that will require solutions. Who knows what scam I will be writing about next year? Until the DeFi sector is on a firmer foundation, we need to remain vigilant and meet each new challenge as it arises.

[One of the most aggravating parts of the whole debacle is turning the word ‘Rug’ into a verb. For example, you might now hear it said, “The latest meme coin staking platform was offering 80000%APY, but just rug-pulled all its fanboys.” Expect to hear this, and worse, at dinner parties from now on.]

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Torsten Hartmann
Torsten Hartmann

Torsten Hartmann has been an editor in the CaptainAltcoin team since August 2017. He holds a degree in politics and economics. He gained professional experience as a PR for a local political party before moving to journalism. Since 2017, he has pivoted his career towards blockchain technology, with principal interest in applications of blockchain technology in politics, business and society.

  1. Reflections have become very popular lately. I have several coins that receive them. If I revoke does that prevent from receiving reflections or any kind interest of interest that doesn’t show up as transactions?

  2. I approved the unlimited transaction in Metamask account via BscScan app. I have hacked and scammed. But this transaction was fake. I understand now. Can I revoke those approvals and contracts via BscScan? Please help me about it 🙁

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