Avalanche spent several hours without processing transactions

The Avalanche network was temporarily stopped today, February 23, 2024. It spent more than three hours without generating new blocks with transactions. After investigating the case, the developers released a patch to fix the problem.

“Community developers are investigating a block completion stoppage that is preventing blocks from being accepted on the mainnet,” read the statement posted by Avalanche on the matter, confirming the existence of the flaw.

Updating the report hours later, they urged network validators to update their node to AvalancheGo version 1.11.1. This release disables logic added in version 1.10.18 that prevented queries issued by validators from being processed in a timely manner and caused consensus to stop. “As soon as enough of the validators upgrade to this version, the consensus should return to normal,” they say.

While the detention lasted, it could be seen in the web explorer, you can see that The last block mined on the primary network at the time of writing was block 1734930, “2 hours ago”. The issue affected both Avalanche’s main network and its subnetworks, which depend on it to validate transactions and add blocks to their ledger.

Kevin Sekniqi, one of the co-founders of Ava Labs, developer of Avalanche, said in X that The problem seems to be related to “a new wave of registrations launched an hour ago”. In Avalanche you can register content in transactions just like in Bitcoin with Ordinals, as reported in CriptoNoticias. Precisely in the C-Chain subnetwork, a significant volume of tests in this regard was carried out.

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The Avalanche network was temporarily down. Source: Avascan.

«Obviously, this is an esoteric error from some extreme case that must be resolved quickly. “There is probably some mempool management problem with inscriptions that affect some untested edge cases,” he explained.

Avalanche is a major network in the decentralized finance ecosystem (DeFi). It ranks eighth among the networks with the most total value locked (TVL), with USD 1,373 million in more than 300 protocols developed on the network.

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