Chainlink: How a ‘price discrepancy’ resulted in millions lost from DeFi protocols

By May 13, 2022DeFi
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Terra’s total value locked suffered a major fall, losing as much as $14 billion, amid the de-pegging fiasco resulting in reduced DeFi investor interest and a bearish market. The protocol lost around 78% in TVL since the first quarter of 2022. De-pegging of UST, the protocol’s stablecoins made the situation worse.

Following this, different other platforms, exchanges such as Binance suspended LUNA’s interaction over extreme market conditions.

One suspension of LUNA led to this…

Chainlink halted the price feed due to extreme market conditions with the LUNA token. As per the official announcement, the unprecedented volatility across the cryptocurrency markets triggered the minimum value circuit breaker for the LUNA/USD price feeds.

Official team statement on the Chainlink LUNA/USD Price Feeds situation pic.twitter.com/EjA5naYalu

— ChainLinkGod.eth (@ChainLinkGod) May 13, 2022

But this wasn’t it. This development affected two decentralized finance (DeFi) protocols due to a price discrepancy. DeFi lending platform, Venus Protocol explained that when Chainlink paused the LUNA price feed, the LUNA price on their platform remained at $0.107 while the market price stood at $0.01.

“In order to de-risk this situation, the protocol paused using PauseGuardian via multisig,” it stated.

Dear Venus Community,

Due to the unanticipated suspension of Chainlink's LUNA price feed, Venus has taken a precautionary measure to protect our users and is currently paused.

A VIP to unpause Venus following the disabling of LUNA has been launched: https://t.co/RSnGmshIeG

— Venus Protocol (@VenusProtocol) May 13, 2022

The protocol got its price feeds from Chainlink oracles- This is where the problems began. As per further investigation, the team discovered two large deposits of LUNA at the errant price, used to borrow assets on the platform. The blog post added:

“Upon this desyncing event, 2 accounts had suspiciously deposited a sum of 230,000,000 LUNA valued at over $24,000,000. Assets were borrowed totaling around $13,500,000.”

Overall, the platform lost $11.2 million due to Chainlink’s suspension of LUNA price updates, and the LUNA lending market remains suspended. Even though, the platform launched a proposal to resume the system, the damage seems to be done.

As per DeFiLama, XVS’ TVL had dumped 28% over the past 24 hours due to the incident.

Source: DeFiLama

In addition, Blizz Finance, a lending protocol on Avalanche suffered a similar fate. Several attackers deposited millions of LUNA, worth $0.10 according to the Chainlink oracle to borrow all the collateral. As a result, Blizz Finance mentioned that its protocol drained before the team could act to offset the situation.

We have built on the AVAX ecosystem in good faith with the expectation that @chainlink oracles would behave as expected. Sorry to those affected.

— Blizz Finance (@BlizzFinance) May 13, 2022

The blame game

Chainlink and its ecosystem faced criticism on the social media platform following the aforementioned fiascos. Some believe that the losses occurred due to the protocols’ negligence. However, not everyone rode this bandwagon. Twitter user TheSoftwareJedi pointed out that Chainlink’s feeds had the tools necessary to avoid the problem.

Feeds have a datetime associated with the price data. You should be using it, no excuse not to. That's simply negligent – and worse blaming Chainlink. Their docs call this out. See 4 things you didn't do: https://t.co/NdNHc9nwoP

— Dana �⚓ Glass Farm◎◎◎r (@TheSoftwareJedi) May 13, 2022

Nonetheless, despite raising fingers, the crypto community as a whole had suffered.

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