Week in Ethereum News
August 6, 2022

Eth News and Links

PoW switch off (the Merge)

Execution layer

  • Latest core devs call video. Notes from Tim Beiko and Christine Kim:
    • Proposed post-merge Engine API & Checkpoint Sync changes
    • Flashbots open sourcing MEV-boost relay in September
    • Executable spec for execution layer to be tried in parallel to Core EIPs
  • Besu v22.7.0: peering improvements and Merge fixes
  • KZG ceremony call video: Python implementation of the spec
  • Verifying large amounts of KZG multiproofs for Data Availability Sampling
  • Academic paper finds F2pool manipulated time stamps to maximize their profits by uncling other blocks

Proof of Stake consensus layer

  • Beacon chain deposits: Lido at 31%, Coinbase + Kraken + Binance at 30%, only ~14% of validators are unlabeled
  • Lighthouse v2.5.1: fixes for 100MB per month memory footprint increase & fork choice error
  • Teku v22.8.0: MEV-boost support, libp2p & fork choice optimizations
  • Prysm v2.1.4-rc.1: Goerli merge support
  • Flashbots building a relay monitor & circuit breaker for MEV-boost as defense against block withholding attacks



  • EIP4987: Held token interface 
  • EIP5283: Semaphore for Reentrancy Protection
  • EIP5375: NFT Author Information and Consent
  • EIP5380: ERC721 Entitlement Extension
  • EIP5409: ERC1155 Non-Fungible Token extension

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Stuff for developers

  • Foundry fuzz test 2x speedup via caching bytecode analysis
  • Tenderly Sandbox: prototype contracts in a browser
  • web3.js v1.7.5: security update of dependencies, doc updates & fixes 
  • snekmate: Vyper building blocks; ECDSA, CreateAddress, Create2Address & EIP712
  • ethp2p (Rust): encode/decode raw Eth p2p messages
  • ConnectKit: React components to connect wallets, uses wagmi, beta 
  • Ethernaut DAO CTF EthernautDAOToken solution
  • evm.elf: code that is valid EVM and Linux binary (ELF)
  • BrainSTARK: guide to designing a Turing-complete zk-STARK engine for the Brainfuck language
  • Google Paranoid library: check cryptographic artifacts for known weaknesses




Application layer

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