Parity Team Publishes Postmortem on $160 Million Ether Freeze

The team behind the Parity ethereum software client has released new details on how a critical code flaw resulted in the freezing of $160 million worth of ether.

As it stands, there remains no immediate solution to renewing access to those funds – a situation which Parity acknowledged has caused “distress and anxiety” within the community. According to the post, there is “no timeline” for the release of the locked-up ETH – a move which may require a platform-wide upgrade to restore functionality to the more than 500 affected wallets.

The hack, which saw the “accidental” deletion of the code library which supports Parity’s multi-signature wallets (those that require multiple keys to issue transactions), was due to an oversight in the wallet code, the blog post states. While the risk was identified on Github back in August, it was misinterpreted by the Parity team, and no action was taken to further secure the wallets.

As for the process of finding a solution, Parity said that it would work on ethereum improvement protocols that might offer a way to bring back access. Following the attack, discussion has been circulating as to whether updating the code to unwind the problem would constitute a “bail-out” akin to the DAO controversy from last year…

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