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In the context of Permissive and EIP 4337, an operator is a designated entity that handles the execution of transactions on behalf of abstracted accounts (smart contract accounts with user-defined logic). Operators play a crucial role in the account abstraction process, as they facilitate the seamless interaction between abstracted accounts and the Ethereum network.
The Key aspects of operators in EIP 4337 are:
  • Transaction Submission: The responsibilities of an operator is to submit transactions for the abstracted account. This means that the operator submits the transaction to the Ethereum network, with or without paying the associated gas fees using Ether or an alternative payment method as specified by the abstracted account. By doing so the owner of the account isn’t required for granted permissions.
  • State Updates: Operators perform state updates for abstracted accounts as part of the transaction execution process. They interact with the Ethereum network to update the state of the account, reflecting the changes resulting from the transaction (e.g., balance updates, contract interactions, etc.).
In the Permissive framework, we leverage the concept of operators to enable a seamless and secure user experience. Our users can rely on trusted operators to manage their transactions, while still retaining full control over their accounts through the implementation of custom validation rules and transaction processing logic. By incorporating the operator model, Permissive ensures that users can interact with the Ethereum network efficiently and with greater flexibility.