Implementation bug in the go client leads to steady increase of difficulty independent of hashing power.
Affected configurations: All Go client versions v1.0.x, v1.1.x, release and develop branches. The bug was introduced in a recent update and release through commit which went into the affected client versions. All miners running earlier mentioned versions are affected and are advised to update as soon as possible.
Impact: Increase in block time will lead to an exponential increase in difficulty
Details: A bug in the go client leads to steady increase in difficulty in the following block, as timestamp in new block = timestamp + 1 of old block, regardless of the actual time, when mining. This leads to an increase in the difficulty independently of the hashing power
Effects on expected chain reorganisation depth: None
Proposed temporary workaround: None
Remedial action taken by blog.nyoc: Provision of hotfixes as below:
If using the PPA:
sudo apt-get update then
sudo apt-get upgrade
If using brew:
brew update then
brew reinstall blog.nyoc
If using a windows binary: download the updated binary from the
If you are building from source: git pull followed by make geth (please use the Master branch