Review ERC-6358: Omniverse Distributed Ledger Technology (O-Token Protocol)


  • [2023.3.1] The name of this EIP might be changed according to the suggestions
  • [2023.3.9] Submit some updates and add the source codes for trying.
  • [2023.3.20] The updates have been merged. The latest version can be found here
  • [2023.4.6] Slim down and make the presentation more succinct. We are preparing the first Demo of an ERC-6358 token.
  • [2023.4.18] Add a detailed analysis for the double-spend attack issue.
  • [2023.5.30] Update the implementation examples
  • [2023.6.1] A simple Testnet (Demo) to try the first ERC-6358 tokens. The related front can be found at the Omniverse Demo, and we are preparing the related auto-deployment tools.


The ERC-6358 (Omniverse DLT) is a new application-level (ERC) token protocol built upon multiple existing L1 public chains, enabling asset-related operations such as transfers and receptions running globally and synchronously over different consensus spaces.

Figure.1 Architecture


  • The current paradigm of token bridges makes assets fragment.
  • If tokens like ETH were transferred to another chain through the current token bridge, if the chain broke down, it will be lost for users.

The core of ERC-6358 is synchronization instead of bridge-transferring, even if all the other chains break down, as long as one chain is still running, user’s assets will not be lost.

  • The fragment problem will be solved.
  • The security of users’ multi-chain assets can be greatly enhanced.


With ERC-6358, we can create a global token protocol, that leverages smart contracts or similar mechanisms on existing blockchains to record the token states synchronously. The synchronization could be made by trustless off-chain synchronizers.


As shown in Figure.1, smart contracts deployed on different chains execute o-transactions of ERC-6358 tokens synchronously through the trustless off-chain synchronizers.

  • The ERC-6358 smart contracts could be referred to as Abstract Nodes. The states recorded by the Abstract Nodes that are deployed on different blockchains respectively could be considered as copies of the global state, and they are ultimately consistent.
  • Synchronizer is an off-chain execution program responsible for carrying o-transactions from the ERC-6358 smart contracts on one blockchain to the others. The synchronizers work trustless as they just deliver o-transactions with others’ signatures, and details could be found in the workflow.


  • There should be a global user identifier for ERC-6358, which is recommended to be referred to as Omniverse Account (o-account for short) in this article. The o-account is recommended to be expressed as a public key created by the elliptic curve secp256k1. A mapping mechanism is recommended for different environments.

  • The synchronization of the o-transactions guarantees the ultimate consistency of token states across all chains. The related data structure can be found here: solidity and here: rust.

    • A nonce mechanism is brought in to make the states consistent globally.
    • The nonce appears in two places, the one is nonce in o-transaction data structure, and the other is account nonce maintained by on-chain O-DLT smart contracts.
    • When synchronizing, the nonce in o-transaction data will be checked by comparing it to the account nonce.


  • Suppose a common user A and her related operation account nonce is $k$.
  • A initiates an o-transaction on Ethereum by calling IERC6358::sendOmniverseTransaction. The current account nonce of A in the ERC-6358 smart contracts deployed on Ethereum is $k$ so the valid value of nonce in o-transaction needs to be $k+1$.
  • The ERC-6358 smart contracts on Ethereum verify the signature of the o-transaction data. If the verification succeeds, the o-transaction data will be published by the smart contracts on the Ethereum side. The verification includes:
    • whether the balance (FT) or the ownership (NFT) is valid
    • and whether the nonce in o-transaction is $k+1$
  • The o-transaction SHOULD NOT be executed on Ethereum immediately, but wait for a time.
  • Now, A’s latest submitted nonce in o-transaction on Ethereum is $k+1$, but still $k$ on other chains.
  • The off-chain synchronizers will find a newly published o-transaction on Ethereum but not on other chains.
  • Next synchronizers will rush to deliver this message because of a rewarding mechanism. (The strategy of the reward could be determined by the deployers of ERC-6358 tokens. For example, the reward could come from the service fee or a mining mechanism.)
  • Finally, the ERC-6358 smart contracts deployed on other chains will all receive the o-transaction data, verify the signature and execute it when the waiting time is up.
  • After execution, the account nonce on all chains will add 1. Now all the account nonce of account A will be $k+1$, and the state of the balances of the related account will be the same too.

Reference Implementation

Omniverse Account

  • An Omniverse Account example: 3092860212ceb90a13e4a288e444b685ae86c63232bcb50a064cb3d25aa2c88a24cd710ea2d553a20b4f2f18d2706b8cc5a9d4ae4a50d475980c2ba83414a796
    • The Omniverse Account is a public key of the elliptic curve secp256k1
    • The related private key of the example is: cdfa0e50d672eb73bc5de00cc0799c70f15c5be6b6fca4a1c82c35c7471125b6

Mapping Mechanism for Different Environments

In the simplest implementation, we can just build two mappings to get it. One is like pk based on sece256k1 => account address in the special environment, and the other is the reverse mapping.

The Account System on Flow is a typical example.

  • Flow has a built-in mechanism for account address => pk. The public key can be bound to an account (a special built-in data structure) and the public key can be got from the account address directly.
  • A mapping from pk to the account address on Flow can be built by creating a mapping {String: Address}, in which String denotes the data type to express the public key and the Address is the data type of the account address on Flow.

Security Considerations

Attack Vector Analysis

According to the above, there are two roles:

  • common users who initiate a o-transaction (at the application level)
  • and synchronizers who just carry the o-transaction data if they find differences between different chains.

The two roles might be where the attack happens:

Will the synchronizers cheat?

  • Simply speaking, it’s none of the synchronizer’s business as they cannot create other users’ signatures unless some common users tell him, but at this point, we think it’s a problem with the role common user.

  • The synchronizer has no will and cannot do evil because the transaction data that they deliver is verified by the related signature of others(a common user).

  • The synchronizers will be rewarded as long as they submit valid o-transaction data, and valid only means that the signature and the amount are both valid. This will be detailed and explained later when analyzing the role of common user.

  • The synchronizers will do the delivery once they find differences between different chains:

    • If the current account nonce on one chain is smaller than a published nonce in o-transaction on another chain
    • If the transaction data related to a specific nonce in o-transaction on one chain is different from another published o-transaction data with the same nonce in o-transaction on another chain
  • Conclusion: The synchronizers won’t cheat because there are no benefits and no way for them to do so.

Will the common user cheat?

  • Simply speaking, maybe they will, but fortunately, they can’t succeed.

  • Suppose the current account nonce of a common user A is $k$ on all chains.

  • Common user A initiates an o-transaction on ERC-6358 smart contracts on Chain P first, in which A transfers 10 o-tokens to an o-account of a common user B. The nonce in o-transaction needs to be $k+1$. After signature and data verification, the o-transaction data(ot-P-ab for short) will be published on ERC-6358 on Chain P.

  • At the same time, A initiates an o-transaction with the same nonce $k+1$ but different data(transfer 10 o-tokens to another o-account C) on Ethereum. This o-transaction(named ot-E-ac) will pass the verification on ERC-6358 smart contracts on Ethereum first, and be published.

  • At this point, it seems A finished a double spend attack and the ERC-6358 states on Chain P and Ethereum are different.

  • Response strategy:

    • As we mentioned above, the synchronizers will deliver ot-P-ab to the ERC-6358 smart contracts on Ethereum and deliver ot-E-ac to the ERC-6358 smart contracts on Chain P because they are different although with the same nonce. The synchronizer who successfully submits the o-transaction first(or in the first few) will be rewarded as the signature is valid.
    • Both the ERC-6358 smart contracts on Chain P and Ethereum will find that A did cheating after they received ot-E-ac and ot-P-ab respectively as the signature of A is non-deniable.
    • We mentioned above that the execution of an o-transaction will not be done immediately and instead there needs to be a fixed waiting time. So the double spend attack caused by A won’t succeed.
    • There will be many synchronizers waiting for delivering o-transactions to get rewards. So although it’s almost impossible that a common user can submit two o-transactions to two chains, none of the synchronizers deliver the o-transactions successfully because of a network problem or something else, we still provide a solution:
      • The synchronizers will connect to several native nodes of every public chain to avoid the malicious native nodes.
      • If it indeed happened that all synchronizers’ network break, the o-transaction will be synchronized when the network recovered. If the waiting time is up and the cheating o-transaction has been executed, we can still revert it from where the cheating happens according to the nonce in o-transaction and account nonce.
  • A will be punished (lock his account or something else, and this is about the certain tokenomics determined by developers according to their own situation).

  • Conclusion: The common user maybe cheat but won’t succeed.


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Additional Information

We are a team focusing on multi-chain interoperability for years, and we have some experience and open-source contributions in this field. We are always dedicated to improving the convenience and security of the cross-chain experience, and we have proposed the first multi-chain interoperability solution Granted by W3F, with milestones all achieved.
In addition, we will provide a mechanism to make Omniverse Token compatible with current ERC20/ERC721 and native tokens, that is, omniverse tokens could be exchanged on current DEX like Uniswap with others. This is related to an abstract account smart contract mechanism, as it is highly recommended that a single EIP contain a single key proposal or new idea, we won’t describe more details about this point here but still we will provide an implementation of it.