Ethereum Forks Today

With Bitcoin attracting much of the attention lately, Ethereum has been operating in the background. But with a fork on the horizon today, the cryptocurrency contender is back on the front page. And it has a rising market cap to back up its presence.

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Byzantium update

Ethereum’s Byzantium update – one of the biggest software updates yet for the crypto giant – goes into effect on October 16. The update forms part of the company’s original road map and is designed to streamline the blockchain, making it lighter and faster. This will improve both network privacy and the implementation of decentralized apps (dapps). Dapps will constitute much of Ethereum’s future excitement as a technology. Dapps are made possible thanks to the Turing-complete Ethereum Virtual Machine.

Smooth fork

Byzantium is the first fork that forms part of the technology’s overall Metropolis update. Developers are positive that the update won’t result in a blockchain split, resulting in an Ethereum spin-off currency. Miners have already pretested the new update before its official go-live set for today.

Security vulnerability discovered

Mere days before today’s scheduled update, developers discovered a software bug. The team created a software update, urging users to update their wallets. The bug creates a denial-of-service (DoS) attack vulnerability.

There are concerns about how many users have indeed updated their clients. On Twitter, some were unimpressed with the last-minute security scramble.

Ethereum Fork Byzantium DOS Vulnerability Software Update Twitter Comments

Ethereum client Geth released a software update. However, at the time of going to press, mere hours before go-live, a mere 30 percent of Geth nodes had updated to version 1.7.2. Due to the fact that Geth nodes constitute 75 percent of all ethereum nodes, this could be a cause of security concern for computers running outdated software versions.

Ethereum fork Byzantium - Geth nodes software update

A software update by second-largest ethereum software protocol provider, Parity, has also seen low adoption rates.

Ethereum fork Byzantium Parity client node updates

The Parity team has since been outspoken that the fork should be postponed.

Live countdown

Thanks to smart contract company CodeTrack, you can watch the countdown to the update in real time. A live countdown ticker is counting down to the 4,370,000th block. At time of going to press, it stands at 4,369,784.

Ethereum fork Byzantium live countdown tracker

Market response

For now, the markets are positive. Ethereum is up by 1.83 percent and is currently trading at US$344.95. The market cap stands at US$32,8 billion. The next 24 hours will be telling.

Ethereum market trading and value October 16, 2017