Buterin and OmniseGO to Urge to Boycott Consensus 2018

Co-founder of Ethereum is angry on popular web media due to number of articles and, as he says, link to scam website
27 April 2018   2461

Creator of Ethereum Vitalik Buterin and team of OmiseGO project announced a boycott of the upcoming conference Consensus 2018, organized by the CoinDesk. The reason for this was, in particular, two materials of the agency, one of which published a direct link to the web-site of scammers, and in the other - "sensational" information about the alleged Ethereum's hardfork.

Vitalik Buterin Twitter
Vitalik Buterin Twitter

He also noted that he had already warned media in such mistakes.

Vitalik Buterin Twitter
Vitalik Buterin Twitter

OmniseGO team decided to join Vitalik.

OmniseGO Twitter
OmniseGO Twitter

Buterin also criticized the EIP 999 related article.

Vitalik Buterin Twitter
Vitalik Buterin Twitter

It is worth noting that at the time of publication of the CoinDesk note, it was already known that representatives of the Ethereum community voted against the unlocking of 513 000 ETH on Parity wallets, and the developers of Parity Technologies assured that they did not achieve the new Ethereum hardware. Since then, the material CoinDesk has been repeatedly edited, but the screenshots of the original text can be easily found on the Internet.

Vitalik also reported on "gotchas".

Vitalik Buterin Twitter
Vitalik Buterin Twitter

He also said that he won't support the "level of rent seeking" of the conference.

Vitalik Buterin Twitter
Vitalik Buterin Twitter

Response from CoinDesk editor Pete Rizzo was quick and rough.

Pete Rezzo Twitter
Pete Rezzo Twitter

He also told about "bully pulpit move".

Pete Rezzo Twitter
Pete Rezzo Twitter

At the same time, the OmiseGO team wrote on Twitter that "People’s livelihoods are on the line when we fail to vet our sources."

OmniseGO Twitter
OmniseGO Twitter

Earlier Vitalik Buterin locked in a Twitter-drama with Australian businessman Craig Wright during the Bitcoin Cash promotional presentation.

Potentional Vulnerabilities Found in ETH 2.0

Least Authority have found potentional security issues in the network P2P interaction and block proposal system
26 March 2020   903

Technology security firm Least Authority, at the request of the Ethereum Foundation, conducted an audit of the Ethereum 2.0 specifications and identified several potential vulnerabilities at once.

Least Authority said that developers need to solve problems with vulnerabilities in the network layer of peer-to-peer (P2P) interaction, as well as in the block proposal system. At the same time, the auditor noted that the specifications are "very well thought out and competent."

However, at the moment there is no large ecosystem based on PoS and using sharding in the world, so it is impossible to accurately assess the prospects for system stability.
Also, information security experts emphasized that the specifications did not pay enough attention to the description of the P2P network level and the system of records about Ethereum nodes. Vulnerability risks are also observed in the block proposal system and the messaging system between nodes.

Experts said that in the blockchains running on PoS, the choice of a new block is simple and no one can predict who will get the new block. In PoS systems, it is the block proposal system that decides whose block will fall into the blockchain, and this leads to the risk of data leakage. To solve the problem, auditors suggested using the mechanism of "Single Secret Leader Election" (SSLE).

As for the peer-to-peer exchange system, there is a danger of spam. There is no centralized node in the system that would evaluate the actions of other nodes, so a “malicious" node can spam the entire network with various messages without any special punishment. The solution to this problem may be to use special protocols for exchanging messages between nodes.