Decentralized finance (DeFi) platform Aave has suspended operations in a number of markets after receiving a problem report on a certain function of the protocol.
DeFi Protocol Discovers Vulnerability; Is User Funds At Risk?
On Saturday, November 4, decentralized lending protocol Aave announced – via a post on X (formerly Twitter) that it has paused the Aave V2 Ethereum market and suspended certain assets on Avalanche. In addition, the protocol has frozen specific assets on Aave V3 on Polygon, Arbitrum, and Optimism.
Today we received a report of an issue on a certain feature of the Aave Protocol. After validation by community developers, the guardian has taken the following temporary prevention measure (no funds are at risk):
— Aave (@aave) November 4, 2023
According to the protocol’s announcement, these actions serve as a temporary precautionary measure following a problem report on a specific feature.
Furthermore, Aave said in the post that the Aave V3 markets on Ethereum, Base, and Metis and the V2 markets on Polygon and Avalanche are unaffected. Meanwhile, no funds on any of the markets were at risk, according to DeFi lending protocol.
🚨🚨 🚨 On 11-04 17:38:35 UTC, Aave Guardian has taken necessary protection measurements to pause AaveV2 protocol (and all Aave pools are safe): https://t.co/3xJzfiejig
Given the protocol is “forked” by multiple third parties and the exact details are not disclosed yet, it is… pic.twitter.com/OkO1EZv6pW
— PeckShield Inc. (@peckshield) November 4, 2023
While Aave did not specify what the issue is or the feature that caused the problem, the protocol said it would release a detailed explanation once there is a full resolution. The statement read:
A governance proposal to restore the normal operation of the protocols will be submitted shortly. A detailed postmortem will be released once the issue is fully resolved.
Aave further clarified that users supplying or borrowing from a frozen assets pool can still withdraw and repay positions. However, these users can’t supply or borrow more funds from the frozen assets pool until the issue is resolved. The protocol added:
On paused assets, no action can be done until unpaused.
AAVE Price Remains Steady Despite Protocol Vulnerability
There is no evidence to suggest that the problem has had any impact on the value of the protocol’s native token, AAVE. As of this writing, the token is valued at $90.15, reflecting a negligible 0.9% price dip in the past 24 hours.
Nevertheless, the token is outperforming on a bigger timeframe. Over the past week, AAVE’s price has swelled by more than 10%, touching the $100 mark – for the first time since February – at some point during the week.
Although the price of AAVE has been moving mostly sideways in the past few days, a resolution of the current issue might trigger renewed momentum for the token. Hence, there is a chance that the cryptocurrency might revisit $100 again, especially considering the optimistic climate of the crypto market.
AAVE price slows down upward momentum on the daily timeframe | Source: AAVEUSDT chart on TradingView
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