Bitcoin research that can be found on the website of BTC core developer Luke Dashjr, explains that 60% of the full-nodes of the coin are exposed to the inflation bug. The latest cryptocurrency news explains some more about it.
According to the data in the bitcoin study, the software which is running on 60,101 bitcoin full-nodes is exposed and extremely vulnerable to the inflation bug CVE-2018-17144. By the end of September 2018, the bug allowed miners to take advantage of the network and maliciously inflate the supply of the number one cryptocurrency via a simple double input method.
At that time, the consequences of the presence of the bug were disastrous; the developers decided to keep their mouths shut and to only reveal that the bug has made the network vulnerable to Distributed Denial of Service attacks. However, the current bitcoin research shows that the developers needed to disclose the full danger of the vulnerability at that time after they successfully fixed it.
The coming altcoin news also has the stats from the bitcoin study on Dashjr’s website where it can be seen that 99,638 bitcoin full-nodes are running at the time of writing. This is a number ten times higher than the one reported by multiple analytics platforms. For example, BitNodes says that there are only 9,515 bitcoin full nodes while CoinDance claims there are only 9,391 full nodes running at press time.
The Next Web tech news outlet cited Dashjr when he explained that the discrepancy happened because of the fact that most of the analysis platforms only include the listening full nodes. However, according to the bitcoin study, whether a node is ‘’listening’’ or not, is totally irrelevant for the technical data and details. The listening part means that the node is easier to find but Dashjr says that economic nodes can be both listening and not:
“Frankly, looking at just listening nodes isn’t a very useful metric — non-listening nodes are just as relevant.”
Also, The number of reachable nodes was 11,845 and it has now reached 9,597 but the number of unreachable nodes also dropped by 33 percent going down to 65,500 from the previous 98,000.
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