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Stellar foundation urges delay of Protocol 20 upgrade after bug discovery

The Stellar Development Foundation acknowledged the bug poses “little risk” but said it could potentially impact applications once the smart contract platform is rolled out.

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Source: Cointelegraph

The Stellar Development Foundation (SDF) smart contract upgrade on the Stellar blockchain is delayed until the end of January after its team found 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 explained in a Jan. 27 blog post.

The foundation said the bug, which it found on Jan. 25, posed “little risk” but said it could potentially impact various applications. The SDF noted that a fix is already in the works, which should be available within two weeks.

However, the SDF stressed that it alone can decide whether or not to upgrade the network as it stands, as non-SDF validators on Stellar may still choose to vote in favor of the Protocol 20 upgrade on Jan. 30.

“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 a quorum is required by voting validators for the Protocol 20 upgrade to pass. There are 43 validator nodes as of December 2023, according to Stellarbeat.io.

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, the SDF explained in a Jan. 25 GitHub post.

Soroban is a smart contract platform that went live on a Stellar testnet in October 2022.

The SDF also launched a $100 million fund to attract developers to the platform in the same month.

One of Stellar’s core developers, Tyler van der Hoeven, noted 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 one of the oldest blockchain projects mainly focused on payments and asset tokenization. Stellar XLM$0.115, the token powering the Stellar blockchain, currently boasts a market cap of $3.2 billion.

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