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Introduce concept of 'test' and 'main' Ethereum networks #2470

ulope opened this Issue Sep 13, 2018 · 1 comment


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ulope commented Sep 13, 2018


We keep a list of well-known Ethereum networks, their IDs and the deployed contract addresses in the Raiden client.
We should add a flag to each network that indicates whether the network is a 'test' or 'main' one.


This came out of our discussion about security issues.

We need this flag to be able to en-/disable certain features that are desirable for debugging but have an impact on security or performance.
Those features currently are:

  • [Matrix] is_public flag on Rooms
  • [Matrix] e2e encryption (only after red eyes)
  • [WebUI / Core] Allow registering new tokens
  • [WebUI / Core] Deposit / channel limits



  • Add a type parameter (values test and main) (suggestions for better names welcome) to the list of well-known Ethereum networks
  • Add a CLI option --network-type to allow unknown networks to be marked as test networks. This option must not be able to override a network marked as main in the well-known list with test. The other way around (i.e. setting a test network to main) is fine and useful for testing.
  • Switch the features described under Motivation depending on the value (only those that are currently implemented
  • Switch the Unrecoverable Errors to logging instead of crashing the node if we are on the mainnet
  • Add changelog entry

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LefterisJP commented Sep 14, 2018

We should also conditionally add these to the features enabled on testnets:

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