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Cardano Founder Explains Reasons Behind Vasil Delay, But Is This The Last Time?

The Cardano Vasil hard fork has now experienced its second delay in the last two months. This upgrade is important to the network’s growth, and as always, Cardano developers continue to stay true to form by only shipping out safe products. The second delay was announced at the end of July, and founder Charles Hoskinson has made a video explaining what was behind the delay and what is expected for Vasil hard fork going forward.

Delay Was Caused By Bugs

Now, a big thing that has plagued the crypto space has been bugs that have been found in the code of developers. These bugs, when left unnoticed, have been exploited on various platforms by bad actors who have made off with millions of dollars in crypto. However, despite how rampant such bugs and exploits have been, Cardano projects have not been subject to them, and that can be attributed to the rigorous process the developers go through before shipping a product.

According to founder Charles Hoskinson, this process of making sure a product is safe before shipping was what was behind the second postponement of the Vasil hard fork. As with the first time the hard fork was postponed, he explained that they had found bugs that they needed to fix to make sure it was safe to use. The thing with these bugs, though, is not just about finding them but the process of fixing them across the whole product.

Hoskinson explained that not only do they have to fix the bugs, but they also need to go back and verify that it is fixed. Then they have to go through the entire testing pipeline once more, which takes time. “So you get to a situation where you feature complete,” said the founder. “But then you have to test, and when you test, you may discover something, and then you have to repair that, and then you have to go back through the entire testing pipeline. So this is what causes release delays.”

Any More Delays From Cardano?

After the Vasil hard fork had been postponed for the second time, the question on everyone’s lips was when the hard fork would be taking place and if there will be any more delays. Hoskinson also took time out to address these questions.

ADA trending at $0.49 | Source: ADAUSD on TradingView.com

The Cardano founder explained that since they had found so many bugs already and addressed them, he did not believe that there would be any more delays with the hard fork. He revealed that the developers have now over to the final stages of testing the product. “So unless anything new is discovered, I don’t anticipate that we’ll have any further delays,” he added.

As for the price of Cardano’s native token ADA, the news of the postponement seems to have not hit it hard. The digital asset was trending around $0.55 when the announcement was made, and while there has been some decline, it was only by a small margin.

ADA is trading at $0.49 at the time of this writing. It remains the 8th largest cryptocurrency with a market cap of $16.7 billion.

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What prevent users from cheating in an HTLC contract

I was reading about HTLC and how Charlie have to create a random number and generates its SHA256 hash that is supposed to be used by Bob in the end to finalize the payment he has received from Alice. Here are the steps from https://en.bitcoin.it/wiki/Hash_Time_Locked_Contracts Alice opens a payment channel to Bob, and Bob opens::Listen

I was reading about HTLC and how Charlie have to create a random number and generates its SHA256 hash that is supposed to be used by Bob in the end to finalize the payment he has received from Alice.

Here are the steps from https://en.bitcoin.it/wiki/Hash_Time_Locked_Contracts

  1. Alice opens a payment channel to Bob, and Bob opens a payment channel to Charlie.
  2. Alice wants to buy something from Charlie for 1,000 satoshis.
  3. Charlie generates a random number and generates its SHA256 hash. Charlie gives that hash to Alice.
  4. Alice uses her payment channel to Bob to pay him 1,000 satoshis, but she adds the hash Charlie gave her to the payment along with an extra condition: in order for Bob to claim the payment, he has to provide the data which was used to produce that hash.
  5. Bob uses his payment channel to Charlie to pay Charlie 1,000 satoshis, and Bob adds a copy of the same condition that Alice put on the payment she gave Bob.
  6. Charlie has the original data that was used to produce the hash (called a pre-image), so Charlie can use it to finalize his payment and fully receive the payment from Bob. By doing so, Charlie necessarily makes the pre-image available to Bob.
  7. Bob uses the pre-image to finalize his payment from Alice

But what would happen if Bob and Charlie decided to cheat and at the step 4 just after Alice send the 1000 sats Charlie give to Bob the secret number that was supposed to be used in step 7 share the sats between them and then Bob said that Alice payment was wrong and she have to do it again or something else.

I suppose this kind of attack would not be worth because

  1. you have to wait for Alice to pick a cheating peer Bob and Charlie.
  2. the attack would not bring many benefit since lightning is not made for big payment.
  3. Bob and Charlie would become suspect and loose reputation in the network.

I was wondering if I was missing something here or this kind of attack can happen

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Cardano Founder Explains Reasons Behind Vasil Delay, But Is This The Last Time?

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