Geth bug found in Ethereum network

Ethereum developers find Geth bug as hardfork date is coming closer 
15 October 2017   3650

The developers of Ethereum's Geth software release a new version just days before the Byzantium hard fork due to the discovery of a denial-of-service (DoS) attack vulnerability.

Ethereum's Geth 1.7.2
Ethereum's Geth 1.7.2 urgent update

With Geth comprising about 75% of all Ethereum nodes, the vulnerability could leave nodes running the previous Byzantium-compatible release more susceptible to DoS attacks after the hard fork.

Casey Detrio, Ethereum developer, explains on reddit.com that the vulnerability stems from an oversight in one of the new Byzantium features. The risk is that this bug could be exploited by an attacker who wants to take ethereum nodes offline – a form of attack that the Ethereum community has dealt with in the past. 

The second concern is that there may be more undiscovered consensus bugs that could be found after the activation block, which would then result in needing to perform emergency client updates.
 

Casey Detrio
Ethereum developer

It's also worth mentioning, that yesterday, the team behind Parity issued a new release of its software that corrected a "consensus bug" – an error which could have caused the network to partition during the hard fork. 

BitPay to Add Ethereum Support

The company will implement Ethereum support on BitPay Visa prepaid debit cards and allow merchants to accept coin as a mean of payment
17 September 2019   202

BitPay cryptocurrency processing will add support for Ethereum in the coming weeks. Merchants will be able to accept a coin as payment, and users can store it in their wallet.

BitPay is consistently at the forefront of using cryptocurrency to solve real-world problems and offer our global customers the best options to accept and pay with multiple blockchain assets. As one of the largest crypto currencies by market cap and one used by thousands of companies, Ethereum is the next logical choice.
 

Stephen Pair

CEO of BitPay

The company will also implement Ethereum support on BitPay Visa prepaid debit cards.

It is exciting to see BitPay leading the way in integrating Ethereum into global payment systems. This truly opens up a new world of possibilities for the Ethereum ecosystem, and together we can continue to be a leading innovator for real world use cases for cryptocurrencies.
 

Vitalik Buterin
Founder and creator, Ethereum

At the moment, the service supports Bitcoin and Bitcoin Cash, and also offers merchants settlements in stablecodes USDC, GUSD and PAX and 12 world currencies.