Week in Ethereum News
January 27, 2024

Eth News and Links

Dencun (Cancun + Deneb) upgrade (meta EIP7569)

  • Final public testnets upgrade to Dencun Jan 30 (Sepolia) & Feb 7 (Holešky)
  • L2s testing blobs:
    • RollCall (L2 standards) EIP4844 readiness call: L2s testing on Goerli or waiting for Sepolia & improving communications with core devs
    • OP & Base devnets posting batches via blobs on Goerli testnet
    • Starknet sent state diff blob on Goerli testnet
  • Dencun interop testing call video: high memory usage after blob spamming, max churn limit (EIP7514) will be tested on Goerli and first blobs expire on Goerli Feb 5
  • EF DevOps Attacknet: chaos testing tooling, plan to open source after Dencun

Pectra (Prague + Electra) upgrade (meta EIP7600)

  • Latest all core devs – consensus (ACDC) call video. Notes from Christine Kim:
    • Electra upgrade scope (small cross layer fork targeting late 2024):
      • Client team priorities: Lighthouse, Lodestar & Prysm
      • Electra EIPs: EIP6110 (validator deposits onchain), EIP7002 (EL triggerable exits) & EIP7549 (move committee index outside attestation)
      • Not in Electra: EIP6914 (reuse validator indices)
      • Discussions ongoing: EIP7251 (increase max effective balance), EIP7547 (inclusion lists), EIP7594 (PeerDAS) & SSZification EIPs

Client releases for Sepolia & Holešky testnets Dencun upgrade

Centralization watch: threatening the value of your ETH

Layer 1


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Layer 2


  • ERCs (application layer):
    • ERC7601: Dapp permission framework
    • ERC7602: Ethereum mixing transaction supervision
    • ERC7603: Context-dependent multi-asset tokens (ERC1155 extension)

Stuff for developers

  • Solidity v0.8.24:
    • Cancun support (via EVM version flag): tstore & tload transient storage (EIP1153), blobhash & blobbasefee (EIP4844) and mcopy (EIP5656)
    • Apple silicon support
  • Mutexer: Solidity mutexes (contract, function & custom level), using Cancun transient storage (EIP1153)
  • Forge proposal simulator: framework to create proposals (multisig, timelock & Governor Bravo) and deployment scripts/tests
  • Ape (Python contract framework) custom network support
  • CTFs:


  • Concentric $1.7M exploit on Arbitrum using social engineering to compromise deployer


Job Listings

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Onchain stats

  • Gas fees (via ultrasound.money): 6.3 to 82.4 gwei, with 17.6 gwei average
    • Zero net issuance currently at 22.0 gwei 
    • 4k ETH net issuance this week
  • ETHUSD: $2,186 – $2,491, currently $2,267
  • ETHBTC: currently 0.054 (Flippening at ~0.16)

Notable at app layer

  • Synthetix Perps v3 live on Base (Andromeda)
  • UMA Oval live on mainnet, protocols can capture oracle extractable value
  • 0x Tx Relay API live on mainnet, gasless swaps & approvals
  • Ethereum Attestation Service MetaMask Snap decodes EAS attestation data for signing



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