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Ethereum Foundation Releases Ethereum 2.0 Dev Update: Audit, Explorer, 16K Validators

Fri, 12/20/2019 - 14:27
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Vladislav Sopov
Ethereum 2.0 is slowly moving towards its mainnet launch. With all eyes on the Ethereum Foundation, developmental updates are published weekly. What's new for today?
Ethereum Foundation Releases Ethereum 2.0 Dev Update: Audit, Explorer, 16K Validators
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The Ethereum Foundation is continuing to work step by step on its Ethereum 2.0 release. The latest update covers its technical audit, extended testnet, and new block explorer.

Audit & Mainnet-like Testnet: More Safety, More Validators

Danny Ryan, Core Researcher at the Ethereum Foundation, revealed that Ethereum 2.0 is ready for its first technical audit of its Phase 0. He said that "white hackers" will be focused on the following:

critical items such as Denial of Service (DoS) attacks, resource misuse attacks that could lead to unintended forks/adversarial chains, network related attacks, any attacks that impact funds, and more.

The Least Authority is a cybersecurity provider chosen by Ethereum for this type analysis. This team has previously checked the gas economics and Proof-of-Work (PoW) consensus of Ethereum 2.0. 

Sigma Prime, Ethereum's development partner, has also launched an Ethereum 2.0 testnet with mainnet specifications. This will include the participation of more than 16,000 validators, which is a realistic approximation for the number of validators in Ethereum 2.0.

Ethereum's Upcoming Istanbul Hard Fork Details Shared By Team Lead

Last Update of the Decade

Apart from the aforementioned updates, new specifications (rules) for Ethereum 2.0 have been released. The next update will come in January 2020:

This update will be focused on ensuring that Beacon Chain (Phase 0) is stable and ready for implementation of Phase 0 sharding. This includes numerous clean-ups, bug fixes, enhanced tests, and networking updates in its changelog.

Are you waiting for the release of Ethereum 2.0? Share your thoughts in the Comments Section below!

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