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Specify restricted address range for precompiles/system contracts
Alex Beregszaszi (@axic)
Draft
Standards Track
Core
2018-07-27

Simple Summary

Specify an Ethereum address range occupied by precompiles and future system contracts. Regular accounts and contracts cannot obtain such an address.

Abstract

The address range between 0x0000000000000000000000000000000000000000 and 0x000000000000000000000000000000000000ffff is reserved for precompiles and system contracts.

Motivation

This will simplify certain future features where unless this is implemented, several exceptions must be specified.

Specification

The address range between 0x0000000000000000000000000000000000000000 and 0x000000000000000000000000000000000000ffff is reserved for precompiles and system contracts.

Due to the extremely low probability (and lack of adequate testing possibilities) no explicit checks should be added to ensure that external transaction signing or the invoking of the CREATE instruction can result in a precompile address.

Rationale

N/A

Backwards Compatibility

No contracts on the main network have been created at the specified addresses. As a result it should pose no backwards compatibility problems.

Test Cases

N/A

Implementation

N/A

Copyright

Copyright and related rights waived via CC0.

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