Chief Technical Officer Samuel Westrich announced via tweet on the morning of May 21 that the Dash blockchain experienced a stall during the activation of its Dash Core v19 hard fork. Developers subsequently announced a v19.1.0 fix approximately 13 hours later.
During the Dash blockchain downtime, developers pointed out that blocks and transactions lacking ChainLock and InstantSend locks should not be considered final. ChainLocked and InstantSend are exclusive security features of Dash.
During the Dash blockchain downtime, Binance temporarily halted the distribution of Dash mining rewards.
The update, revealed on April 10, aimed to enhance security through BLS signatures and introduce efficient master node implementation and wallet enhancements. These improvements were made in anticipation of the Dash Platform release on the mainnet.
The upcoming v19.1.0 release aims to address bugs, while the release of v19.0.0 has been postponed until June 14. As of now, the Dash blockchain explorer indicates that the most recent Dash block was processed approximately 1 day ago.
Dash’s v18 update was rolled out on September 13, 2022, and underwent further upgrades in January following a hacking attempt that caused certain master nodes to go offline. The blockchain was halted due to the release and subsequent withdrawal of Dash Core v18.2.0.
Dash Core is the underlying network for the Dash privacy coin, which separated from Litecoin in 2014. In April, the United States Securities and Exchange Commission alleged that Dash coin constituted security in its complaint against Bittrex.
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