February 26, 2021 - weekly forum update

Here are your weekly Zcash updates:

Mark your calendars -

  • Tues, 3/2: Gardening Club w/ guests Brian Hoffman (from OpenBazaar) and Gemini

Community Shout Outs - Shoutout to @wobbzz for setting up a ZcashWiki. Shout out to @just_Zart and @carls for sharing your zcash art with the world! Check out The Zeal Battles the Troll Bear - Part 3 and this psychedelic portrait.


  • 4.3.0-RC1 Released and Tested
  • 4.3.0 Tested, Released
    • Detectors updated
    • Apt packages uploaded
    • Testnet faucet updated
    • Debug binaries are now uploaded with every release
  • Explorer.z.cash decommissioned, explorer.testnet.z.cash updated


  • Making great progress on Orchard specification and draft ZIPs for NU5
    • Working toward the Draft ZIP Submission Deadline, March 1st
  • Finished the outline of Halo 2 security proof
  • Merged the hash to curve PR
  • Migrated to traits from the group crate (see the PR here)
  • Making progress on backporting upstream PRs
    • SIP Hash
    • Landed two PRs that were opened in December 2017
  • We’ve added comprehensive changelogs to our Rust crates


  • Working on dependency security (“redwood”)
  • Started project Ouroboros to attack Halo - it has its own board
    • Learning prereqs (inner product argument, Fiat-Shamir, SafeCurves, Poseidon)
  • Engaging with security assessment vendors for NU5 assessments


  • Team-wide design sprint focused on Handling Multiple Addresses
  • Bug flow statistics

Can you post these on https://lbry.tv/ or https://d.tube/?

I would like to watch but prefer to avoid Google services either directly or indirectly (with NewPipe, etc). Google hates privacy (users and their data are the product they sell to advertisers). It would be nice to learn about a privacy focused cryptocurrency without helping one of the biggest enemies of consumer privacy (google) in the process.