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Client malfunction brings down Ethereum’s most popular block explorer

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The OpenEthereum consumer for Ethereum, previously generally known as the Parity consumer, is reportedly malfunctioning for quite a lot of customers on Thursday afternoon UTC, together with the popular block explorer Etherscan.

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

The problem appears to be solely affecting OpenEthereum nodes, with the extra popular Geth functioning as regular. Points with the OpenEthereum consumer resulted in an outage on Etherscan, the popular block explorer. Its homepage reveals block 12,244,294 because the final block to be mined, though different explorers are updating appropriately.

It’s nonetheless unclear what brought about the problem, with the staff presently 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 lots of service suppliers, comparable to Infura, proceed to be working appropriately. Not like the earlier consensus bug, there isn’t any different chain with its personal transactions this time. Given the timing with the Berlin arduous fork, it seems probably that a few of its modifications had been carried out incorrectly.

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