Stellar foundation urges to delay Protocol 20 upgrade after bug discovered

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The Stellar Development Foundation (SDF)  smart contract upgrade on the Stellar blockchain set for the end of the month after finding a bug in Stellar Core v20.1.0.

“We’ve decided to disarm our validators in support of postponing the Protocol 20 vote on Jan. 30 until after a bug fix,” the SDF You can learn more about this by clicking here.In a blog entry on January 27.

The foundation said the bug (which was found by SDF on Jan. 25) posed “little risk” but said it could potentially impact various applications. SDF has noted that a patch is already being developed and should be available in two weeks.

SDF, however, stressed that they alone decide whether or not to upgrade Stellar as it is, since validators who are not SDF members may still choose to vote for the Protocol 20 Upgrade on Jan. 30, 2019.

“If validators opt to postpone the upgrade, we will coordinate to determine a future vote date once a new version of Stellar Core that contains a bug fix is released.”

“No matter the outcome, the SDF will continue to work to resolve the bug, and to engage in discussions with other validators in both public and private channels,” the SDF added.

SDF said that a majority of validators must vote for the upgrade to Protocol 20 in order for it to pass. As of December 2023 there were 43 validator nodes. You can also read about it hereStellarbeat.io

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The bug occurs when a “Soroban” transaction request is made but results in a refund and is fee-bumped. Under the current code, the refund isn’t sent to the fee-bump’s source account as it should, SDF You can learn more about this by clicking here.In a GitHub posting from Jan. 25,

Soroban was a smart contracts platform that went live in a Stellar testnet on October 2022.

SDF also launched $100 million fundAttract developers in the same calendar month.

One of Stellar’s core developers, Tyler van der Hoeven Note: in a Jan. 26 X post that Protocol 20 will be a “phased rollout” but didn’t state how long it would take for a full implementation of Soroban smart contracts on Stellar.

Stellar is an old blockchain project that focuses primarily on payment and asset tokenization. XLM,The token powering Stellar’s blockchain has a current market cap of $3.2 Billion.

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