Ethereum Service Providers Experience Issues After Reported Blockchain Split

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Ethereum Service Providers Experience Issues After Reported Blockchain Split

The Ethereum blockchain network looks to be suffering issues Wednesday morning, with knock-on effects at related service providers [updated].

  • In a service announcement soon after 08:00 UTC, Ethereum infrastructure provider Infura said it is experiencing a service outage for its Ethereum mainnet API and it was investigating the issue.
  • Infura provides API access to the Ethereum network for other applications and services.
  • The outage has prompted some Infura users to halt Ethereum-based services over the issue, including Metamask and Binance.
  • The problems at Infura look to stem from a problem with Ethereum itself.
  • Binance and Blockchair tweeted soon before press time that there had possibly been a split in the Ethereum blockchain.
  • Blockchair added that it had fixed the issue by upgrading Geth, an Ethereum client.
  • “At some point Ethereum developers introduced a change in the code that led today to a chain split starting from block 11234873 (07:08 UTC),” said Nikita Zhavoronkov, lead developer at Blockchair, on Twitter.
  • Calling it “technically an unannounced hard fork,” Zhavoronkov added that third-party services need to upgrade to fix the issue.
  • Talking to CoinDesk, he said that the changes may have been made months ago that caused the split today.
  • “Those who haven’t been upgrading their geth nodes for a while (I presume several months at least) got split with those with new geth versions,” Zhavoronkov said, adding Infura’s outage likely arose from the same issue.
  • The price of Ethereum’s ether cryptocurrency is unaffected at press time, according to CoinDesk data.
  • Updates:
  • 10:28 UTC – Binance says it has reinstated services for Ethereum-based tokens.
  • 10:37 UTC – Infura says its team has “identified the root cause and are preparing a fix to restore service functionality.”
  • 10:41 UTC – added clarifying information from Nikita Zhavoronkov.

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