Singapore to Test ETH Based DLT Voting System

Creators believe the main issues of traditional voting systems is the lack of anonymity and the possibility of manipulating public opinion
14 January 2020   290

The Association of Cryptocurrency Enterprises and Startups in Singapore (ACCESS) has tested the voting system based on the Ethereum blockchain.

According to the developers of the system the main problems of traditional voting systems is the lack of anonymity and the possibility of manipulating public opinion. With the help of the blockchain, ACCESS ensured the lack of communication between the voters and the votes, which means it ensured anonymity.

The blockchain voting process helps uphold the true values of democratic voting in ensuring authentic votes are being legitimately accounted for with a transparent audit trail. We are seeing the future of corporate governance through the implementation of blockchain technology starting with our most important corporate governance event, our AGM.

 

Anson Zeal

The ACCESS chairperson

For voting, ACCESS participants used the generated QR codes stored in a special smart contract. Voting status was also controlled through this smart contract, which eliminated the re-cast of votes.

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   912

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.