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An Update on Integrating Zcash on Ethereum (ZoE)

Posted on January 19th, 2017.

Members of the Ethereum R&D team and the Zcash Company are collaborating on a research project addressing the combination of programmability and privacy in blockchains. This joint post is being concurrently posted on the Zcash blog, and is coauthored by Ariel Gabizon (Zcash) and Christian Reitwiessner (Ethereum). Ethereum’s flexible smart contract interface enables a large variety […]

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zkSNARKs in a nutshell

Posted on December 5th, 2016.

The possibilities of zkSNARKs are impressive, you can verify the correctness of computations without having to execute them and you will not even learn what was executed – just that it was done correctly. Unfortunately, most explanations of zkSNARKs resort to hand-waving at some point and thus they remain something “magical”, suggesting that only the […]

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Analysis of Storage Corruption Bug

Posted on November 9th, 2016.

This blog post provides an update on our findings following the discovery of the storage corruption bug last week. In summary, the bug was much less severe than we initially thought. The small number of affected contracts we found is either only exploitable by the owner, or the exploit can only cause a disruption in the user interface and not […]

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Security Alert – Solidity – Variables can be overwritten in storage

Posted on November 1st, 2016.

Summary: In some situations, variables can overwrite other variables in storage. Affected Solidity compiler versions: 0.1.6 to 0.4.3 (including 0.4.4 pre-release versions) Detailed description: Storage variables that are smaller than 256 bits are packed together into the same 256 bit slot if they can fit. If a value larger than what is allowed by the […]

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Dev Update: Formal Methods

Posted on September 1st, 2016.

Today, I am delighted to announce that Yoichi Hirai (pirapira on github) is joining the Ethereum project as a formal verification engineer. He holds a PhD from the University of Tokyo on the topic of formalizing communicating parallel processes and created formal verification tools for Ethereum in his spare time. In his own words: I’m […]

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C++ DEV Update – July edition

Posted on July 8th, 2016.

Since the last C++ DEV Update, a lot of things happened in the engine room which were not really visible to the outside. This post wants to give an overview about what we are currently working on. Apart from the features side, Bob has been working on a proposed process for re-licensing of the C++ […]

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Smart Contract Security

Posted on June 10th, 2016.

Solidity was started in October 2014 when neither the Ethereum network nor the virtual machine had any real-world testing, the gas costs at that time were even drastically different from what they are now. Furthermore, some of the early design decisions were taken over from Serpent. During the last couple of months, examples and patterns […]

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Security Alert – cpp-ethereum’s account unlocking problem not yet fixed [Now fixed]

Posted on June 3rd, 2016.

Affected configurations: cpp-ethereum (eth, AlethZero, …) version 1.2.0 up to 1.2.6 Note: Neither “geth” nor “Mist” nor the “Ethereum Wallet” (unless explicitly used together with cpp-ethereum) are affected by this, they lock accounts correctly again. This is just a quick head’s up that cpp-ethereum’s security issue around account security is not yet properly fixed. The […]

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Security Alert – cpp-ethereum keeps accounts unlocked

Posted on May 31st, 2016.

Affected configurations: cpp-ethereum (eth, AlethZero, …) version 1.2.0 up to 1.2.5 (fixed in 1.2.6) Note: Neither “geth” nor “Mist” nor the “Ethereum Wallet” (unless explicitly used together with cpp-ethereum) are affected by this, they lock accounts correctly again. Severity: High Possible Attacks: Attackers can spend funds from previously used accounts if they have access to […]

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C++ DEV Update: Announcing Remix

Posted on May 4th, 2016.

After almost three months into the “reboot” of the C++ team, I would like to give an update about the team itself, what we did and what we plan to do. Team update The so-called C++ team currently consists of Paweł Bylica (@chfast), Greg Colvin (@gcolvin), Liana Husikyan (@LianaHus), Dimitry Khokhlov (@winsvega), Yann Levreau (@yann300), Bob […]