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Horizen mandatory update: ZEN 2.0.18

By Rafał - 2019-07-22

The Horizen team announced the ZEN 2.0.18 release replacing the current version 2.0.17, which is set to deprecate (no longer run).
The focus of this version is the RPC method ‘getblockfinalityindex’ update. This update informs the user after how many blocks a transaction can be considered safe without the possibility of being reverted. In addition, the update adds a check block at height safety control for orphaned blocks, preventing mistakes in raw transaction creation.
The next software upgrade (2.1.0) will bring the full implementation of Sapling and other features that will be announced later. The public release was postponed due to a known denial of service bug in upstream Sapling.

Download links

Users will be able to access the new ZEN 2.0.18 here : https://github.com/ZencashOfficial/zen/releases/tag/v2.0.18
Alternatively, the new 2.0.18 version is available through the APT repository, see instructions HERE.
Swing wallet: https://github.com/ZencashOfficial/zencash-swing-wallet-ui/releases/tag/0.87.0
Sphere by Horizen:
https://github.com/ZencashOfficial/Sphere_by_Horizen/releases/tag/desktop-v1.1.2-beta
You can find directly the upgrade instructions and changelog at:
https://horizenofficial.atlassian.net/wiki/spaces/ZEN/pages/714309893/Sphere+1.1.2-beta+For+ZEN+2.0.18+and+Bug+Fixes
UPDATES ON ZEN 2.0.18
  • Update RPC method ‘getblockfinalityindex’
  • Check block at height safety control for orphaned blocks
Users must update their ZEN software before the 23rd of July.

What happens if users do not upgrade before the 23rd of July?

Exchanges and Partners: Users won’t be able to access to funds until the upgrade to the latest version.
Pool operators: ZEND will not work and mining will be impossible until ZEN 2.0.18 upgrade.
Node operators: ZEND will not work and owners wont be eligible to earn ZEN until the upgrade to ZEN 2.0.18.
Full node wallet users (Swing wallet, Sphere by Horizen): Users won’t be able to access to funds until the upgrade to the latest version
You can find more information directly on the official website at https://www.horizen.global