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Ethereum [ETH] holders bridging to L1 & L2 should read this

  • Blockchain insight firm mentioned that L1 and L2 bridges could be risky for ETH.
  • The wallets provided by Optimism and Arbitrum may not be as safe as intended.

The Ethereum [ETH] blockchain, as big as it is, suffers from the challenges of scalability, efficiency, and finalizing transactions.

However, the advent of Layer-one (L1) and Layer-two (L2) came to solve these problems. But little did ETH holders know that more complications appeared as the “solutions” arrived, according to the recent Bankless newsletter

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ETH may be safest on the mainnet

Tagged as “Your Crypto Is not Safe as You Think,” Bankless focused on how these L1 and L2 protocols have used ETH held by investors rather than storing the alt on the Ethereum mainnet.

Since the mainnet is the origin of decentralized blockchain, Bankless noted that there is nowhere a safer place to hold the cryptocurrency. But why?  Well, the mainnet has 514,000 validators and 4655 nodes. With these structures in place, holders might be highly resistant to network attacks.

So why are holders bridging their assets to L1 protocols? Well, it is not a new development that L1 chains like BNB and Solana [SOL] offer enticing yields. So, it is “normal” for ETH holders to transfer their assets to the protocols.

However, keeping ETH on centralized cross-chain and multi-chain bridges puts it at risk. This is because the security of the asset no longer depends on the mainnet but on the bridge security and destination chain. 

But not every project seems to agree with the thought. Recently, VoltInu [VOLT], the deflationary token on the Ethereum blockchain, agreed to bridge to BNB.

And several occurrences have proved that the BNB and Solana chains are prone to exploits. Besides that, ETH becomes less and less sound.

A look at the ultra Sound Money data showed that the entire Ethereum blockchain has been affected. At press time, the supply change was -25,774.75 ETH, with the metric below equilibrium.

Source: Ultra Sound Money

Rollup chains still under development may not provide…

Further, Bankless admitted that the Layer-two (L2) scaling solutions like Optimism [OP] and Arbitrum might have done well with the rollup mechanism. 

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But the fraud-proof systems of these protocols were not yet live. Hence, putting ETH holders on the chain at risk of Maximal Extractable Value (MEV) attacks.

The impact has also surfaced at times, as holders have had to pay exorbitant gas fees at some point since users were currently using a centralized block.

However, these rollup chains integrate multisig wallets which seemed to fare better than private keys. But a few hacks have proved that holders might not be able to depend on them. The newsletter pointed out, 

“Unfortunately, multisig risks are far from ideal. Case in point: The $625M Ronin bridge hack and Harmony bridge’s $100M hack both stemmed from multisig exploits.”

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