eth2 quick update no. 14

All eyes on Medalla testnet — genesis in lower than 24 hours 👀


Medalla testnet launches tomorrow 🏅

The minimal validator deposits (16k+ of them) required to kick off the Medalla testnet have been met on Friday, which suggests the genesis of this testnet is ready to occur at 1596546008 Unix time, or 8 seconds after August 4th at 1pm UTC. In case you’re curious as to how that point is calculated, try Ben Edgington’s quick genesis explainer.

The launch of Medalla is a large milestone within the growth of eth2 — if Medalla proves steady, mainnet launch is subsequent — and represents years of hardwork by numerous engineers, researchers, and group members. We hope you might be as excited as we’re :).

Bear in mind, the overwhelming majority of validators on the Medalla testnet are run by you, the group. We’re counting on you to deal with this as a costume rehearsal for mainnet launch — have your nodes operating effectively prematurely, keep watch over your validator’s efficiency, and be looking out for any crucial updates to your shopper’s software program (in different phrases, deal with your testnet validators as in the event that they’re securing actual ETH).

Consumer range 👯‍♀️

The group will likely be operating 5 totally different shoppers at genesis!

An enormous congratulations goes out to every of those groups. In case you are operating any of the above shoppers, be sure that to thank the shopper group and think about dropping some ETH or DAI into their tipjars. They’ve greater than earned it.

Remember! Medalla has particular POAP NFTs for operating every shopper sort at launch. Learn up on the details here 🏅

Along with the extraordinary work carried out by the eth2 shopper groups, I would like to spotlight ethstaker — a burgeoning user-driven useful resource for the fledgling validator group. This community-run effort goals to supply a house to the hobbyist staking group within the type of a subreddit and discord server.

I’ve spent a bit of little bit of time on the discord this previous week, and it is an important place to share data, ask (and reply!) technical questions, and customarily simply collaborate across the new and thrilling eth2 staking know-how. In case you are staking on Medalla or are eager about getting concerned, undoubtedly test it out.

I count on ethstaker, together with the client-specific discords, to be a should for validators trying to preserve updated with all issues validator-related.

mc-attack-0 attacknet launch

mc-attack-0, a brand new multi-client attacknet, launched right this moment!

This new attacknet falls underneath the beta-1 categorization with up to date guidelines and elevated bounties — as much as $15k for crucial exploits.

For the reason that launch of the preliminary beta-0 attacknets, we have awarded for the next assaults:

  • $5000 awarded to Jonny Rhea for performing a simple DoS attack on teku-attack-0, highlighting some lacking fundamental DoS protections in JVM-libp2p
  • 🏆💪🐿 awarded to Martin Swende for locating a critical bug in Prysm SSZ decoding, which allowed a distant attacker to crash nodes on prysm-attack-0 (no financial award resulting from Martin engaged on safety on the EF)
  • $5000 awarded to AlexSSD7 for performing an L4 DDoS on prysm-attack-0, halting finality on the 4-node community and highlighting a clock-skew that prevented nodes from mending themselves after the assault
  • $1000 awarded (honorable point out) to Jonny Rhea for taking down the discovery mechanism in lighthouse-attack-0

As at all times, be a part of us within the Eth R&D discord #attacknet channel for discussions and tricks to get began 🚀

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