Geth security release


Variations of geth constructed with Go <1.15.5 or <1.14.12 are almost certainly affected by a crucial DoS-related security vulnerability. The golang crew has registered this flaw as ‘CVE-2020-28362’.

We advocate all customers to rebuild (ideally v1.9.24) with Go 1.15.5 or 1.14.12, to keep away from node crashes. Alternatively, if you’re working binaries distributed through certainly one of our official channels, we’ll release v1.9.24 ourselves constructed with Go 1.15.5.

Docker photos will likely be outdated as a result of a lacking base picture, however you’ll be able to verify the release notes on methods to quickly construct one with Go 1.15.5. Please run geth model to confirm the Go model your binary was constructed with.


In early October, go-ethereum enrolled into Google’s OSS-Fuzz program. We had previosly executed fuzzers on an ad-hoc foundation and examined some totally different platforms.

On 2020-10-24, we have been notified that certainly one of our fuzzers had discovered a crash.

Upon investigation, it turned out that the foundation reason behind the problem was a bug in the usual libraries of Go, and the problem was reported upstream.

Particular due to Adam Korczynski of Ada Logics for the preliminary integration of go-ethereum into OSS-Fuzz!


The DoS problem can be utilized to crash all Geth nodes throughout block processing, the consequences of which might be {that a} main a part of the Ethereum community went offline.

Exterior of Go-Ethereum, the problem is almost certainly related for all forks of Geth (corresponding to TurboGeth or ETC’s core-geth). For a fair wider context, we’d consult with upstream, because the Go-team have carried out an investigation of doubtless affected events.


  • 2020-10-24: Crash report from OSS-fuzz
  • 2020-10-25: Investigation discovered that it was as a result of flaw in Go. Particulars despatched to
  • 2020-10-26: Acknowledgement from upstream, investigation ongoing
  • 2020-10-26 — 2020-11-06: Potential fixes mentioned, upstream investigation of doubtless affected events
  • 2020-11-06: Upstream tentatively scheduled fix-release for 2020-11-12
  • 2020-11-09: Upstream pre-announced the security release:
  • 2020-11-11: Notified customers concerning the upcoming release through the official Geth twitter account, our official Discord-channel and Reddit.
  • 2020-11-12: New Go model have been launched, and new geth binaries have been launched

Further points

Mining flaw

One other security problem was dropped at our consideration through this PR, containing a repair to the ethash algorithm.

The mining flaw might trigger miners to erroneously calculate PoW in an upcoming epoch. This occurred on the ETC chain on 2020-11-06. It seems that this could be a problem for ETH mainnet round block 11550000 / epoch 385, which can happen early January 2021.

This problem can also be fastened as of 1.9.24. This problem is related just for miners, non-mining nodes are unaffected.

Geth shallow copy bug


Mounted: 1.9.17

Sort: Consensus vulnerability

On 2020-07-15, John Youngseok Yang (Software program Platform Lab) reported a consensus vulnerability in Geth.

Geth’s pre-compiled dataCopy(0x00…04) contract did a shallow copy on invocation, whereas Parity’s did a deep copy. An attacker might deploy a contract that

  • writes X to an EVM reminiscence area R,
  • calls 0x00..04 with R as an argument,
  • overwrites R to Y,
  • and eventually invokes the RETURNDATACOPY opcode.
  • When this contract is invoked, Parity would push X on the EVM stack, whereas Geth would push Y.


This was exploited on Ethereum Mainnet at block 11234873, transaction 0x57f7f9. Nodes <v1.9.18 have been dropped off the community, inflicting ~30 blocks to be misplaced on a sidechain. It additionally prompted Infura to drop off, which prompted issues for lots of people and providers who have been relying on Infura as a backend supplier.

Extra context will be present in the Geth post-mortem and Infura post-mortem and here.

DoS in .16 and .17

Affected: v1.9.16,v1.9.17

Mounted: v1.9.18

Sort: DoS vulnerability throughout block processing

A DoS vulnerability was discovered, and glued in v1.9.18. We’ve got chosen to not publish the small print at this cut-off date.


Within the brief time period, we advocate that every one customers improve to geth model v1.9.24 (which needs to be constructed with Go 1.15.5) instantly. Official releases will be discovered here.

In case you are utilizing Geth through Docker, there could possibly be a number of issues. In case you are utilizing ethereum/client-go, there are two issues to pay attention to:

  1. There is perhaps a delay earlier than the brand new picture seems on docker hub.
  2. Until the Go base photos have been created shortly sufficient, there’s an opportunity that they change into constructed with a susceptible model of Go.

In case you are constructing docker photos your self, (through docker construct . from the repository root), then the second problem is perhaps trigger issues for you aswell.

So watch out to make sure that Go 1.15.5 is used as the bottom picture.

In the long run, we advocate that customers and miners look into different purchasers too. It’s our robust feeling that the resilience of the Ethereum community shouldn’t rely upon any single consumer implementation.
There’s Besu, Nethermind, OpenEthereum and TurboGeth and others to select from aswell.

Please report security vulnerabilities both through, or through or through

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