As per Bitcoin [BTC] node statistics ‘reported‘ on the web-site of bitcoin core developer named ‘Luke Dashjr’, 60.22% of the coin’s full-nodes are operating softwares still susceptible to the inflation bug at the reporting time.
In line with the reported data, the software operating on 60,101 bitcoin full-nodes is susceptible to the CVE-2018-17144 bug. As reported earlier in the month of Sept. last year, the bug permits malicious miners to artificially inflate bitcoin’s supply via a simple form of double input.
However at the reporting time – seemingly because of the potential catastrophic consequences of the presence of the bug — the developers decided to keep it a secret and solely unconcealed that the bug created the network vulnerable to DDos attacks. The developers ‘disclosed‘ the complete danger of the vulnerability at a later period of time, when it had been already fixed.
The statistics on Dashjr’s web-site conjointly claim that there are around 99,638 Bitcoin full-nodes presently running at the reporting time, around 10 times higher than reported by most bitcoin analytics platforms. For instance, BitNodes ‘claims‘ that there are currently 9,515 bitcoin full nodes, whereas CoinDance ‘reports‘ that there are solely 9,391 nodes running at the reporting time.
Technology news outlet ‘The Next Web’, cited Dashjr as antecedently explaining that this discrepancy is formally due to the very fact that almost all such platforms solely embrace listening full-nodes. Still, in keeping with the report, whether or not a node is “listening” or not is a mostly-irrelevant technical detail.
A consequence of a node “listening” is that it’s alot more visible and easier to seek out, in line with ‘The Next Web’. Dashjr reportedly added that “economic nodes – those handling transactions – may be both listening and not,” and concluded:
“Frankly, observing at just listening nodes isn’t a very helpful metric — non-listening nodes are just as relevant.”
Dashjr’s chart of bitcoin nodes relies on four weeks of data and is updated every hourly.