Define a maximum block timestamp drift
EIP-1482 is a proposal to define a maximum block timestamp drift in the Ethereum protocol specification. Currently, there is a lack of clarity about how accurate timestamps in the block header must be, which can cause confusion and differing interpretations of what is considered a "reasonable" timestamp. This can create a risk of consensus failures.
To address this issue, EIP-1482 suggests including an explicit definition of the acceptable timestamp drift in the protocol specification. Specifically, the yellow paper should define a timestamp as a scalar value equal to the output of Unix's time() at the block's inception, and for the purpose of block validation, it must be greater than the previous block's timestamp and no more than 15 seconds greater than system time.
This proposal aims to establish a de facto standard for timestamp validation requirements, which is currently implemented by both Geth and Parity. By making this standard explicit in the reference specification, it can help prevent confusion and ensure that smart contract developers can safely use the TIMESTAMP opcode without risking consensus failures.
Overall, EIP-1482 is a proposal to improve the clarity and consistency of timestamp validation in the Ethereum protocol, which can help ensure the stability and reliability of the network.
Include an explicit definition of the acceptable timestamp drift in the protocol specification.
On the basis that both Geth and Parity implement the same timestamp validation requirements, this should be written into the reference specification.
There is a lack of clarity about how accurate timestamps in the block header must be. The yellow paper describes the timestamp as
A scalar value equal to the reasonable output of Unix’s time() at this block’s inception
This causes confusion about the safe use of the
TIMESTAMP opcode (solidity's
now) in smart contract development.
Differing interpretations of 'reasonable' may create a risk of consenus failures.
The yellow paper should define a timestamp as:
A scalar value equal to the output of Unix’s time() at this block’s inception. For the purpose of block validation, it must be greater than the previous block's timestamp, and no more than 15 seconds greater than system time.
It may be necessary to relax this requirement for blocks which were mined early in the main chain's history, if they would be considered invalid.
These would be important to have.
_The implementations must be completed before any EIP is given status "Final", but it need not be completed before the EIP is accepted. While there is merit to the approach of reaching consensus on the specification and rationale before writing code, the principle of "rough consensus and running code" is still useful when it comes to resolving many discussions of API details. _
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