Thor and Travala Officially declare Strategic Partnership

A NEO-based blockchain startup, Thor has announced about its cooperation with the smart platform Travala
14 June 2018   963

The both companies creating freedom for workers and reducing costs for firms or contractors. Travala’s platform is to be applied by independent travel service providers who is able to benefit from the access to benefits that the Thor platform provides.

We are very excited to partner with Travala. They’re a smart team building a great project, and their platform would be of great use to the contractors in our network, just as our platform could help independent contractors using theirs.
 David Chin
CEO, Thor Token

In turn, contractors from around the world in the Thor network can use Travala to both find work and high-quality decentralized travel services.

Partnering with Thor made logical sense for Travala. We aim to create a smart travel ecosystem that covers all angles including optimizing suppliers workforce. By enabling our supplier to have direct access to the Thor gig economy, our suppliers will never be left under-staffed. We are pleased to be partnering with such a strong and capable team.
 Matthew Luczynski
Co-Founder, Travala.com

So, the companies are glad to work together and see what the future holds. This partnership creates the extensive possibilities, it will provide users from both platforms with significant profits and advantages. 

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   982

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.