Week in Ethereum News
August 12, 2023

Eth News and Links

Dencun (Cancun + Deneb) upgrade

  • Latest all core devs – consensus (ACDC) call video. Notes from Terence and Christine Kim:
    • Devnet 8 planned for early next week 
    • Fork-choice filtering change will be bundled with Deneb release
  • EIP4788 (beacon block root in EVM) draft assembly contract, optimizations for gas welcome
  • Latest Dencun testing call video (previously EIP4844 call)
  • KZG Ceremony has 136k contributions, lobby closes August 23

Layer 1

For stakers

Client releases

  • Execution layer:
    • Geth v1.12.1: maintenance release, includes development for Dencun
    • Reth v0.1.0-alpha.6: follow up to fix in alpha.5 that handles reorgs 


Layer 2


  • EIPs:
    • EIP7480: EOF – Data instructions

Check out Austin Griffith on the Week in Ethereum Web3 Builders podcast

Web3 Builders

Check out Austin Griffith on the first interview of web3 builders. This was a great episode.

What does Austin think is by far the worst part of building in web3?  

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Stuff for developers

  • Solmate v6.2.0: fix silent overflow edge case in SignedWadMath:wadMul; found using Trail of Bits Medusa
  • Iter: lazy evaluated iterators in Solidity 
  • Cove: contract verification, alpha is for Solidity Foundry projects using deployment tx hashes
  • EVM Diff updated
  • Bulloak: Solidity test generator based on branching tree technique
  • Vyper compiler deep dive
  • Fe v0.24.0: adds support for user defined libraries
  • Halmos v0.1.2 (symbolic testing): adds support for DELEGATECALL, CALLCODE, CREATE2, struct types as test parameters and library linking
  • Agent buttercup: agent-based simulation engine for DeFi researchers/engineers, uses revm
  • yAcademy zk auditing fellowship modules: zk, Rate-limiting Nullifier & Spartan-ECDSA
  • CTFs:
  • p0tion v1: toolkit for Groth16 zk-application development
  • Noble curves typosquat: malicious npm package sends private key to remote server




Notable at app layer

  • Rune’s Maker endgame and SubDAO farming overview
  • Maker Enhanced DSR (Dai Savings Rate) started at 8% and reduced to 5.8%
  • Nexus Mutual providing small UK retailers coverage via Retail Mutual
  • Safe social login: sign up with Google or Apple ID on iOS, experimental
  • MultiSafe: clone or deploy a Safe to multiple chains with the same address
  • Y00ts NFTs migrating to Ethereum after previously migrating from Solana to Polygon
  • DAO’s shutting down & distributing Arbitrum airdrop: Saddle (Curve fork) & Hundred Finance
  • Base apps:
    • BasePaint: shared pixel canvas, open edition NFT every 24 hours
    • Words3: scrabble with fluctuating price letter tiles, game ends this weekend
    • Friend Tech: buy shares in people to DM, PWA on mobile, invite only

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General computer security (Defcon edition)

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