The Layer 2 Ethereum Scaling Solution Polygon hasn’t produced a new block for over 11 hours, and developers attribute the problem to a network technical update.
On Thursday at 4:20 p.m. UTC, the Polygon network developers notified users on the project forum that there would likely be downtime beginning at 5:50 p.m. UTC due to necessary maintenance on one of the three network layers. A recent update is believed to have caused a bug in the network’s ability to achieve consensus.
“We suspect that there may have been a bug in the update that affected the consensus and caused different Heimdall validators to be on different versions of the chain, so 2/3 consensus was not reached.”
As expected, the outage started around 5:54 pm UTC.
The Polygon team issued an update around 1:30am UTC, explaining that they were still working on fixing the bug. and that a hotfix had been deployed to help continue making blocks. At the time of writing this article, that fix does not appear to have taken effect..
the team too assured to its users that all funds and on-chain data are safe.
Apparently, Polygon users understood that the outage was expected, but around the sixth hour, rumors began to appear among the community. Most users have raised concerns about the long outage period.
So uhhhhh…..Polygons been down for 6 hours and counting….
— King (@0xgodking) March 11, 2022
So uhhhhh…..Polygons has been down for 6 hours and counting….
“I am literally unable to work because of this, can you send us a time when we can expect the network to be back up?”
The Polygon network consists of three layers, each serving a unique function.. Smart contracts run on the Ethereum layer and the Bor layer helps produce blocks. The third layer, Heimdall, is where the problem lies.
Heimdall is a set of Proof-of-Stake (PoS) nodes that help the network reach consensus. With the Heimdall issue, Polygon can’t reach network consensus.
The Last Big Bug Fixed by Polygon Put $24 Billion in Funds at Riskbut was seamlessly patched in late 2021.
In related news, Polygon recently partnered with multichain music non-fungible token (NFT) marketplace TokenTraxx to support the marketplace in the Polygon ecosystem.. TokenTraxx will allow musicians to tokenize their work and sell it as NFTs.
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