Client malfunction brings down Ethereum’s most popular block explorer

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The OpenEthereum consumer for Ethereum, previously often called the Parity consumer, is reportedly malfunctioning for numerous customers on Thursday afternoon UTC, together with the favored block explorer Etherscan.

Based on a number of person experiences on GitHub, the OpenEthereum consumer has been caught on block 12,244,294, or simply 294 blocks after the Berlin hard fork was executed. The error message appears to point that the consumer is rejecting the brand new blocks, pondering that its state Merkle root is invalid.

The difficulty appears to be solely affecting OpenEthereum nodes, with the extra well-liked Geth functioning as regular. Points with the OpenEthereum consumer resulted in an outage on Etherscan, the favored block explorer. Its homepage exhibits block 12,244,294 because the final block to be mined, although different explorers are updating accurately.

It’s nonetheless unclear what induced the problem, with the staff at present engaged on diagnosing and fixing the issue. Till that occurs, Etherscan will stay unusable.

As the problem solely impacts OpenEthereum, the Ethereum blockchain itself and plenty of service suppliers, similar to Infura, proceed to be working accurately. Not like the previous consensus bug, there isn’t a different chain with its personal transactions this time. Given the timing with the Berlin exhausting fork, it seems probably that a few of its modifications had been applied incorrectly.

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