Parity to Fix Serious Vulnerability

An error that could shut down the computers with ETH nodes was reported by the vice president of blockchain development at Amberdata
30 August 2019   304

Parity Technologies released a new version of the client that fixed a bug that could shut down computers running Ethereum nodes.

The first to discover the vulnerability and report it to Parity was Scott Bigelow, vice president of blockchain development at Amberdata analytic startup. According to him, only a small part of Parity's customers are at risk.

There was a vulnerability that [if exploited] would cause an immediate crash of the Parity client for all its services. There is no possibility to steal funds or do other malicious things but you could shut down some portion of ethereum nodes.
 

Scott Bigelow

Vice president of blockchain development,  Amberdata

Parity Technologies encouraged users to upgrade their clients to the latest version as soon as possible, especially those where the publicly available RPC and transaction history tracking module are activated.

Remote Procedure Call (RPC) is a protocol that allows you to request program data on third-party servers. In the blockchain industry, it is used to obtain information on balances at addresses, block numbers, and other information.

To date, the Parity client uses about 21% of nodes in the Ethereum network (3257, according to EtherNodes).

1st Alternative Zcash Client to be Created by Parity

The responsibility for the continued development and support of the new client called Zebra will be with the Zcash Foundation
18 June 2019   581

The leading developer of solutions for the Ethereum ecosystem, Parity Technologies, presented the first alternative client for cryptocurrency Zcash.

A new client called Zebra is designed to improve the security of the Zcash network. So, if the original Zcashd client will not be able to operate for some reason, the blockchain will be supported by nodes on Zebra.

In addition, with the help of an alternative client, developers will be able to identify bugs and eliminate defects in consensus.

The community wins across the board, as there are now more core developers working on clients, with more interests represented and clients taking different approaches on how to build apps on top. Zcash can now boast a more diversified community that can effectively tailor experiences for Layer 2 developers as well as end-users.
 

Fredrik Harryson
CTO, Parity Technologies

The responsibility for the continued development and support of the Zebra will be with the Zcash Foundation.