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Ethereum developers have proposed a new date for the Ethereum Constantinople hard fork after postponing in January 2019.
Now, the Ethereum Constantinople hard fork is planned to be activated in late February, somewhere between Feb. 26 and Feb. 28. The block number is yet to be decided at a future date. Earlier, the Constantinople hard fork activation was set for block number 7,280,000.
The proposal for Feb end was decided during a core developer phone call on Friday morning. The participants included all the big names of the Ethereum project, like Vitalik Buterin, Hudson Jameson, Lane Rettig, Afri Schoedon, Peter Szilagyi, Danny Ryan and Alexey Akhunov among others.
Earlier, as reported, the smart contract audit firm ChainSecurity flagged a security vulnerability of EIP- Ethereum Improvement Plan, which was to be included in the Constantinople for data storage cost on the blockchain.
For the sake of safeguarding, the activation set for next month will not feature the inclusion of the buggy EIP. Now, Ethereum Constantinople will be issued in two parts. The first upgrade will include all the five original EIPs and the second upgrade will specifically remove EIP 1283.
The idea of the Ethereum team is to ensure that test networks and private networks that have already implemented the full Constantinople can easily implement a fix without rolling back any of the blocks. In a way, it will be two hard forks. One as it is currently and the other which will disable this EIP feature.
A quick decision to reactivate Ethereum Constantinople was evident sooner due to the prolonged activation of Ethereum difficulty bomb – a code embedded into the blockchain making block times increasingly longer over time.
Let’s hope, everything goes well this time for the Ethereum community!