Ethereum's Constantinople Hard Fork Testnet Launch Delayed to Address Vulnerability

Ethereum Hard Fork’s Upcoming Testing Has Been Delayed

Developers of the Ethereum blockchain have recently announced that they had to delay their plans to launch Constantinople, the new Ethereum upgrade. According to the report, Peter Szilagyi, acting as the leader of the team, has affirmed that the delay was made to offer more time for the clients to address vulnerability issues found in one of the updates.

Also, the delay would be able to let Ropstein users testing other ETH projects like Raiden, an off-chain scaling solution, to prepare for the possible split of the network that could occur as a result of Constantinople.

The Constantinople upgrades require a hard fork and they change the block reward issuance, the code execution and data storage, etc. Because of this, the active node on the Ropsten testnet need to implement the changes at the same time or the network might end up splitting in two.

Part of the issue is that Lefteris Karapetsas, a developer from the Raiden network, has told the ETH developers that causing a potential network split for even a temporary period could make it impossible for them to test the program because it is too close for the release of the mainnet and called them to postpone the date.

This way, to avoid issues and complications, Alexey Akhunov decided that a good alternative was to launch a temporary testnet on the Ropsten network to sole obvious problems in code while the main implementation would be later.

Constantinople is now set for October 14 before at the block 4.23 million. Any further delay, the developers have decided, will cause even more trouble, so there will probably not be any new delays.

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