After going through a planned update this Wednesday, May 15, 2019, the Bitcoin Cash network stopped processing transactions for various blocks, over what some are claiming to be an issue with the Bitcoin ABC client.
According to Coin.Dance data, most blocks on the Bitcoin Cash blockchain mined after the hard fork are only processing the coinbase transaction, meaning unconfirmed transitions are piling up on the network and users aren’t being able to transact.
Behind the issue, according to a Reddit thread, is an “issue” with Bitcoin ABC, a client most cryptocurrency miners are running, that’s stopping transactions from being processed. The issue, first spotted by BitMEX Research, appears to be related to the scheduled hard fork.
It appears as if there may be a problem with the Bitcoin Cash hardfork upgrade, the number of txs per block is low (0 in the last 9 blocks, other than the coinbase txn). Our mempool has 1622 txs— BitMEX Research (@BitMEXResearch) May 15, 2019
Below chart is number of txs per block and the orange line is the hardfork point pic.twitter.com/UR3jQuN6Zm
On social media, some users have argued miners are processing empty blocks to avoid processing transactions that could be malicious, or that could be rolled back while the network is facing technical difficulties.
BCH’s mempool has, since the hard fork upgrade, been adding large transactions (in terms of data) to it, which could suggest someone is indeed trying to take advantage of the situation. Currently, it’s known Bitcoin Cash’s core developers are working on fixing the problem as soon as possible.
According to Cornell University Professor Emin Gün Sirer, the BCH network isn’t processing transactions as it came “under attack,” thanks to an “old bug in block template creation.” Gün Sirer added that someone spent “months sitting on this bug,” but only chose to exploit it now, during the network upgrade.
BCH came under attack today, due to an old bug in block template creation. Attack led to empty blocks for a short while, until patched, otherwise had little effect.— Emin Gün Sirer (@el33th4xor) May 15, 2019
Meanwhile, cryptocurrency exchanges have started to react to the problem, with Poloniex revealing it has disabled deposits and withdrawals in the cryptocurrency in the meantime.
BCH had an issue with the planned hard fork scheduled for today. As a result, we have disabled deposits and withdrawals for BCHABC until further notice. BCH core developers are working on it. Thank you for your patience.— Poloniex Exchange (@Poloniex) May 15, 2019
CryptoGlobe will keep updating this story as it develops.