SCCP-12: Temporarily Deactivate Exploited Assets


Update (20/02/2020)

As part of the Achernar release, we are reactivating these assets.

Simple Summary

The vast majority of frontrunning activity is concentrated in three synth asset pairs:

  • sXTZ/iXTX
  • sLTC/iLTC
  • sBNB/iBNB

As Kain pointed out in SCCP 11, the volume of frontrunning transactions is increasing again. With Fee Reclamation still several weeks away, there needs to be some sort of short term fix. This SCCP proposes that these three pairs are disabled immediately and enabled in the same release as Fee Reclamation.


Disable these asset pairs immediately, but with the explicit intention to reactivate them in the same release as Fee Reclamation.


The suggestions to this point have been to either 1) raise fees system-wide to 100 bps, 2) slash frontrunner accounts, 3) or selectively disable assets.

Solution #1 may discourage frontrunners but will also harm good-faith stakers/hedgers and traders. It's also bad PR with traders who are potential future sX users.

Solution #2 is overly aggressive, sets a dangerous precedent, is somewhat arbitrary and could be deployed arbitrarily in the future. It would discourage frontrunners but at a high cost from a PR perspective and future governance perspective.

Solution #3 seems kind of weak, but achieves the goal of removing the surface space for these attacks. It's a potential PR problem, but to preempt that narrative, this SCCP suggests that all disabled synths should be explicitly scheduled to be re-enabled in the same release as Fee Reclamation. More deliberate conversations should be had then about whether certain of these assets (especially XTX) should be listed at all.

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