SIP-25: Decouple Gas Limiter from Oracle


Simple Summary

Allow the control of setting the gasPriceLimit to be detached from the centralized SNX oracle.


The current gasPriceLimit in Synthetix can only be changed by the central SNX Oracle. This proposal is to change this access to a separate address, controlled by a setter only callable by the owner.


Due to the way Ethereum handles nonces, all transactions from a single account have to be mined in (nonce-based) order, one at a time. Thus any invocation of the setGasPriceLimit() function has to be mined before a price update can be mined on-chain. This creates an unnecessary delay in serving timely oracle updates.


In Synthetix.sol:

  • Add a new public address property on Synthetix called gasLimitOracle
  • Add a new onlyOwner setter function to mutate the setGasLimitOracle called setGasLimitOracle
  • Modify setGasPriceLimit(), removing the onlyOracle modifier and adding a require(msg.sender == gasLimitOracle)


I propose modifying Synthetix.sol rather than moving the limiter into ExchangeRates and thus requiring a change of that contract as well. Further, I propose using a require rather than a modifier for the setGasPriceLimit function, to reduce gas usage on the already very large Synthetix contract.

Test Cases


The implementations must be completed before any SIP is given status "Implemented", but it need not be completed before the SIP is "Approved". While there is merit to the approach of reaching consensus on the specification and rationale before writing code, the principle of "rough consensus and running code" is still useful when it comes to resolving many discussions of API details.

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