Coinbase, Ledger and other crypto services affected by client sync issues after Ethereum’s Berlin hard fork

TO UPDATE: The OpenEthereum team said they identified and fixed the problem, according to a statement on Twitter.

Etherscan said it is testing the patch even though the service’s website is still showing the sync error message at the time of the update.

The latest network upgrade from Ethereum, Berlin, went live on Thursday morning. But a synchronization problem seems to have messed up a number of companies and services that rely on a particular Ethereum software client, including the Coinbase exchange service.

The client in question is OpenEthereum, formerly the software client managed by Parity. Developers for both OpenEthereum and the network’s core development team are working on a solution, according to a statement from data service provider Etherscan.

“The OpenEthereum team and core developers are aware of the synchronization issues that the OE is facing [OpenEthereum] Client and are working on diagnosis and remediation, “Etherscan said in a message on its website.

According to Etherscan, the synchronization problem occurred at block 12.244.294 shortly after Berlin went live at block number 12.244.000.

In the meantime, key services that appear to be affected by the synchronization problem have given explanations of possible interruptions in view of the problem.

“We have disabled ETH and ERC-20 withdrawals while we are investigating a potential problem with the recent network upgrade. Reception will also be delayed,” said Coinbase’s status page at press time.

Ledger said that its users’ ETH balance on the Ledger Live app may not be updated and new transactions may not be displayed due to the Berlin upgrade problem.

The services of other companies, including BitGo and Coin Metrics, were also affected.

In a tweet, the Gnosis team said: “[t]The Gnosis Safe Mainnet app can experience some issues related to today’s Ethereum hard fork. “Gnosis has been servicing the OpenEthereum client since Parity stopped working on the client in 2019.

After Istanbul in December 2019, Berlin is the fifth network upgrade in the history of Ethereum. As The Block Research recently reported, Berlin is mainly focused on lowering gas charges and enabling new types of transactions.

This is a development story and will be updated.

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