One single computer could have crashed TRON's entire blockchain

06 May, 2019
by Joeri Cant
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One single computer could have crashed TRON's entire blockchain

A flaw in TRON‘s wallet allowed for a critical bug to take up all of the network‘s available memory by just one single computer, which would have crashed TRON's blockchain.

According to TNW, HackerOne, a major platform that allows white hat hackers to report security vulnerabilities and receive financial rewards in return, revealed that just one single computer could have crashed TRON’s entire blockchain.

The San Francisco-based platform stated that by using a single computer an attacker could send a DDOS attack to all or 51% of the SR node and render Tron network unusable or make it unavailable.

The critical bug was first flagged on January 14 and has since been resolved.

The Hackerone researchers who discovered the bug were rewarded their bug bounty of $1,500 by the Tron Foundation.

A DDoS attack is a malicious attempt to disrupt normal traffic of a targeted server, service or network by overwhelming the target or its surrounding infrastructure with a flood of Internet traffic. In other words, it is a traffic jam clogging up the highway, preventing regular traffic from arriving at its desired destination.

Exploited machines can include computers and other networked resources such as IoT devices.

Chepicap previously reported that, according to data from HackerOne, blockchain companies awarded a total of $878,504 in bug bounties to hackers in 2018.

Bug bounties are considered to be of the upmost importance for any crypto project due to the fact that user funds are directly at stake whenever a bug rears its ugly head.

The term 'white hat hackers' refers to ethical computer hackers, or computer security experts, who specialize in penetration testing and in other testing methodologies that ensure the security of an organization's information systems.

As there are plenty of malicious attackers out there, ready to exploit each bug, we must appreciate these 'white hats' and if you were looking for a great excuse to become a 'white hat hacker', take a look at Augur’s $200,000 bounty for critical issues. Maybe it could be yours!

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