Solana’s Wormhole Hack Post-Mortem Analysis

Extropy.IO
6 min readFeb 8, 2022

Introduction

Solana’s Wormhole is a communication enabling the transfer of tokenized assets seamlessly across blockchains and benefit from Solana’s high speed and low cost.

The Wormhole bridge was hacked on February 2nd, the attack exploited unpached Rust contracts in Solana that were manipulated into crediting 120k ETH as having been deposited on Ethereum, allowing for the hacker to mint the equivalent in wrapped whETH (Wormhole ETH) on Solana.

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