The Ethereum (ETH) network suffered from a seemingly hard fork today. when reports of failures and irregularities surfaced at infrastructure providers Infura and Blockchair.
While this was originally believed to be an internal problem with Infura, a hosting service used by some exchanges and service providers to interact with the Ethereum network, Independent node operators also reported problems.
During the incident Binance stopped withdrawalsand its CEO Chanpheng zhao I know referenced to a “possible division of the chain” as responsible. Since then, the exchange resumed Withdrawals at 10:20 a.m. UTC.
Block chair, a popular block researcher, reported A discrepancy between the blocks you viewed and the blocks posted by Etherscan. After block 11234873 at 7:08 a.m. UTC, the two browsers showed two different blockchains.
Posted a picture by the team shows at least 14 mined blocks in a minority chainsuggesting that some miners also suffered from the problem.
When the developers tried to classify the problem, Peter Szilagyi, Head of Ethereum’s leading node software, Geth, indicated The first action should be to update to the latest version.
Shortly thereafter, Block chair reported This geth update fixed the problemand realized that there was probably one Unplanned incompatibility introduced in new versions by Geth developers.
Szilagyi noted that Infura “uses an old version of Geth” and therefore You could have suffered a similar timing problem.
In an interview with Cointelegraph, the Chief Development Officer of Blockchair, Nikita Zhavoronkovsaid: “It appears that a little fork has occurred without anyone noticing.”
According to him, Developers “broke something in the latest versions”which led to a consensus problem and an unplanned fork. Anyone who hasn’t been updated to the latest version was banned from the rest of the network. Szilagyi took up the problem differently, The new version “fixes a consensus error”.
In any case, Two parts of the network could not communicate with each otherwhich caused major, if temporary, problems. At the time of publication, however, Infura has yet to restore full functionality.
Update: Binance resumed withdrawals at 10:30 a.m. UTC.