Prysmatic Labs employee Raul Jordan (Raul Jordan) said that the bug that disrupted the operation of the test network of Ethereum 2.0 Medalla will not affect the planned timing of the launch of the update.
The final test network of Ethereum 2.0 was launched earlier this month. However, on August 14, Medalla split into four chains due to failures in the CDN Cloudflare service used by the Prysm client. This led to a change in the internal time of the nodes for four hours, so the validators were not able to confirm blocks. Jordan said that as a result of this failure, there was a “mass slaughter” of about 3,000 validators. However, he is optimistic and believes that such incidents should occur and be worked out in the test network. The consequences could have been more disastrous if such a vulnerability had been discovered in the main network with real user funds.
After discovering this bug, a message from CoinGeek appeared on Twitter that Ethereum 2.0 is not ready to launch, and the deployment of the update will have to wait for a very long time. The situation is aggravated by the fact that transaction fees in the current Ethereum network continue to grow. However, Jordan believes that the past week has been full of events, thanks to which developers have managed to gain valuable experience and they will take all necessary measures to ensure that this situation does not happen again in the main network. Jordan added that statements about the” death ” of the test network are incorrect, because if a sufficient number of validators are connected to the network, Medalla will become operational again.
“We still have hope. The number of network members increased from 0-5% to 40%. It remains to gain another 66%,” he said in the publication.
According to the developer Prysmatic Labs, the incident will not affect the launch date of the zero phase of Ethereum 2.0, which is expected in 2-3 months after the release of the zero block Medalla. In the near future, developers will publish a list of new requirements for launching the update, related to the security and stability of clients. In addition, this week the Prysmatic Labs team presented the Alpha solution.22, which will help solve current synchronization problems in the Medalla test network.