Ethereum Community to host a meetup in Bangkok

Ethereum Bangkok Community Meetup ETHBKK 2018 to be held on June 3 with featured guests to discuss different perspectives of the renowned blockchain
31 May 2018   2015

Chulalongkorn University, OmiseGO, Status and Hoard are participating at ETHBKK 2018 meetup held by Bangkok community. The event will take place on June 3 and explore various points of view on Ethereum. This will be the first meetup in Bangkok for the community.

The speakers list include Chulalongkorn University lecturer Dr. Kunwadee Sripanidkilchai, OmiseGO software developer Kridsada Thanabulpong, Status.im co-founder Jarrad Hope and Hoard.exchange CEO Martin Amor. Currently, OmiseGO members lead the Bangkok community. The agenda for the meetup is as follows:

12:30 - 13:00 Registration
13:00 - 13:30 Introduction
13:30 - 14:30 Session #1
14:30 - 14:45 Break
14:45 - 16:00 Session #2
16:00 - 16:10 Closing

More details on the meetup can be found here.

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   964

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.