Episode 35 · 2 years ago
Hashing It Out #35: Constantinople Postponement - Trail of Bits & ChainSecurity
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Back with season 2 of Hashing It Out, and we have a doozy! This Episode features Trail of Bits and ChainSecurity to talk about their amazing last-minute catch of EIP-1283's impact on the Constantinople Ethereum hard fork. We go over how they found it, what recommendations they made, and how the hard fork was postponed to quickly. We also discuss the tooling behind analyzing such a vulnerability, the true impact had it been released, and how the processes around hard fork release candidates could be altered by this detection.
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Episode 43 · 1 year ago
We are excited to have the Kadena team back on with an update. The erudite Stuart Popejoy and brilliant Emily Pillmore speak more on Pact, the smart contract language with built-in formal verification used in the Kadena Chainweb. We learn more about formal verification: what it means, how it works, and a bit of its limitations. They also give us an update on Chainweb itself and talk us through some of the challenges since we last spoke... AND their innovated solutions to those challenges!
- EVM is fundamentally unsafe
- Turing Complete vs Turing Incomplete
We'd like to thank our sponsor for this episode Trail of Bits for supporting us. Now go sign up for automatic github-integrated smart contract security at www.crytic.io !
Episode 42 · 1 year ago
We shouldn't pick favorites, but this is definitely one of our favorite episodes so far. We have the extreme pleasure of learning from Brandon Goodell, Research Associate at Monero Research Lab, about Monero, how it's designed, privacy in Monero and how it compares to other coins like ZCash, scalability, and consensus mechanisms in general. This is exactly the kinda conversations we built this show for, and there were more than one eye opening moments. Definitely scope this one out!
Thanks again to Trail of Bits for sponsoring this week's episode. Go check out their great article on how to safely store cryptocurrency and while you're there, check out all their content on the blog! Stay safe out there.
Episode 41 · 1 year ago
Ahoy-hoy! Today we have Director of Security at MyCrypto, Harry . We talk about phishing attacks! No, not assaults at jam band concerts, the kind where you lose your money. We go over the process of finding these attacks, reacting to them, and staying ahead of the scammers. We talk about the tools used to intercept and analyze these attacks, and the processes surrounding gathering the evidence against the attackers. Harry is doing amazing work, and he's really putting effort into keeping us all safe. Thanks, Harry!
Thanks to Trail of Bits and GiveCrypto.io for sponsoring this week's episode!
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Trail of Bits has some exciting projects we'd like to mention here:
- Slither, their open-source static analyzer
- Empire Hacking's December event
- How to safely store cryptocurrency
- Their new product being launched in a few weeks, Crytic -- it's all of their security tools integrated with Github and using a private database of checks. For a low monthly fee you get every commit and PR reviewed. They'll be adding formal verification to it soon too!
Episode 40 · 1 year ago
Liam Horne is a developer, decentralization expert, and an open source entrepreneur with a focus on state channels. L4 and Counterfactual have released a new development playground that lets software engineers learn and play with state channels right from their browser. Liam gives us insights on what it's taken to get to this point, where the state of state channel development is right now, and where we're going with layer 2 solutions for scaling blockchains.