Coinbase open sources code for layer-2 network Base


Coinbase layer-2 network Base has announced it has open-sourced its code repositories and smart contracts to increase transparency and accountability while simultaneously allowing public contributions to the project. 

In an Oct. 19 blog post, Base announced that as of today, developers would be granted full access to the network’s codebase.

“By sharing our work openly, we enable the community to track our progress and ensure that we’re living up to our commitments.”

“Open source is a win-win for our onchain future. Builders get access to a trove of knowledge, improve on what’s already been done, and in turn inspire others in the space,” Base added.

A core part of the decision to open-source its code is the goal of providing developers with increased transparency into the project’s development. Base said all of its smart contracts and scripts are now publicly available on GitHub.

This means that developers can now assess and experiment with the code responsible for deposits and withdrawals on Base, allowing access to increased tools for developers looking to spin up similar functions.

Base network’s code and smart contract repository. Source: GitHub

Open-source development is an integral part of the crypto ethos. By making code public, anyone in the community can audit the code, which, hypothetically, allows vulnerabilities and potential exploits to be noticed and patched more quickly than if kept in-house.

It’s also worth noting that open-source code means that nefarious actors could spot and exploit vuln before another more noble developer can flag the issue.

In light of this concern, Coinbase has encouraged “security-minded” developers to sieve through the layer-2’s code and keep a close eye out for any vulnerabilities, offering a bounty of up to $1 million for the discovery of bugs.

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As well as open-sourcing its repositories and smart contracts, Base also open-sourced its web properties, including base.org, docs.base.org and bridge.base.org.

Base has been one of the most active layer-2 networks in the crypto ecosystem, with a large wave of activity being driven by the rise of Friend.tech, a decentralized social finance application built on top of the network.

On Sept. 21, Coinbase legal counsel Paul Grewal raised eyebrows when he told Decrypt that Coinbase had not “ruled out entirely” the idea of issuing a native token for the layer-2 network.

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