Week in Ethereum News
August 19, 2023

Eth News and Links

Dencun (Cancun + Deneb) upgrade

  • Latest all core devs – execution (ACDE) call video. Recap by Tim Beiko.  Notes from Tim Beiko and Christine Kim:
    • Devnet-8 launched with all Dencun EIPs, Besu & Erigon EL clients still to join
    • EIP4788 (beacon block root in EVM) contract to be deployed with a regular transaction
    • Holešky testnet to launch with 1.6B HETH supply
    • ERCs being split from EIP repo, EIP editors remaining as single group
    • EIP7212 (secp256r1 precompile) presented
  • KZG Ceremony has 138k contributions, lobby closes August 23

Layer 1

For stakers

Client releases

  • Execution layer:


  • Proposed inclusion list design, split into a proposer signed summary & an unsigned list of transactions, solves free data availability problem

Layer 2


Check out Evan’s new podcast: web3 Builders

Web3 Builders

On the latest weekly show Evan and Will discuss Tether abandoning Bitcoin, timelines for Dencun/danksharding/getting our under 5 cent transaction fees, rollups piling on Optimism, Gitcoin + BigOil and Evan’s user review of FriendTech.

Watch web3 builders episodes on YouTube, or listen on Apple, Spotify or RSS.  Or get pinged for new episodes on Telegram or Substack.

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Stuff for developers

  • Remix v0.35.0: adds quick fix functionality for license, visibility & mutability
  • Foundry:
  • OpenZeppelin Contracts low-severity issue: ERC2771Context used with custom forwarder may lead to zero address _msgSender, patched in v4.9.3
  • RareSkills: Solidity style guide
  • Vyper clones with immutable arguments: example contract compatible with CWIA proxy factory
  • ERC6909 (minimal multi-token interface) implemented in Vyper
  • Sol2uml diff can compare Etherscan verified contracts to local files
  • WhatsABI v0.7 (guesses ABI from bytecode): adds proxy contract support
  • heimdall-rs v0.5.0 adds contract snapshot module
  • Nethereum v4.16 (.NET): adds data services package to interact with Etherscan/Sourcify/4Bytes, multi query using RPC batching and extra extensions for ABI decoding & ABI storage
  • Wallet test framework testing the tests: currently requires window.ethereum (excludes mobile wallets) & custom network support
  • Cryo v0.2 (extract blockchain data): adds python adapter, contracts & native_transfers datasets, transaction selectors, command chaining and summary report
  • Advanced guide to Dune SQL & Ethereum data analytics
  • ERC5564 (stealth addresses) bn254: generate derivable commitments for users belonging to other membership sets and add them to others, using arkworks-rs & RLN


  • Exactly Protocol on Optimism $7M exploit via unverified input
  • Zunami Protocol $2M exploit, price manipulation by donation
  • RocketSwap on Base $870k exploit, deployer private key compromised
  • Auditor toolbox: docker with Foundry, Halmos, Heimdall, Slither, Echidna & Mythril etc
  • Audit wizard: use contract address or GitHub, scan with Slither, view AST & generate graph, beta
  • Trail of Bits: Rekt Test 12 yes/no questions for a project to assess security (modeled on Joel Test)



  • Zynga Sugartown gaming platform announced, access via free mint of Ora NFTs
  • Shell donating to Gitcoin Grants climate solutions rounds; Gitcoin provides context

Notable at app layer

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