Week in Ethereum News
September 24, 2022

Eth News and Links

Execution layer

  • Candidate EIPs for the next upgrade (Shanghai)
  • Erigon roadmap: alpha/beta designations dropped
  • Besu v22.7.3: fixes for empty block proposals and improvements for missed attestations
  • Erigon v2022.09.03: improves sync stability
  • Verkle transition prototyped using Erigon at ETHBerlin
  • Microsoft research claims 6x EVM execution speed improvement with Forerunner speculative transaction execution

Consensus layer

  • View-merge potential replacement for proposer boost, defend against balancing & ex-ante attacks
  • Censorship resistance list (crList) proposal, builders forced to fully use block space otherwise they must include proposer-selected transactions in the unused space
  • Consensus layer call video. Notes from Christine Kim, next CL call November 3
  • Lodestar v1.1.0: stability improvements and configure proposer metadata per validator
  • Nimbus v22.9.1: fixes for several reported issues and minor performance improvements
  • Teku v22.9.1: performance improvements
  • consensus-specs v1.2.0: mainnet Bellatrix specs, R&D for withdrawals & EIP4844
  • MEV order flow auction options to address exclusive order flow
  • Superlight client with logarithmic sync time, assumes connected to one honest full node


Layer 2


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Stuff for developers

  • execTransaction: pattern to allow an NFT contract owner to execute any transaction, don’t use if contract manages user funds/allowances
  • Whitenoise CTF optimize challenge on Optimism
  • Impersonator: adds viewing dapps in iFrame to impersonate an address
  • Embed.Art: shareable NFT pages for social media, supports SVG
  • Mockthereum: mock a node or proxy to an actual node
  • Zerokit v0.1: zk library in Rust, RLN Module, use Rust API or C FFI, beta
  • Isokratia: trust minimized governance with off-chain voting using recursive SNARKs, proof of concept



Application layer

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