Popsicle Finance - REKT


~$20 million gone.

A complex hack of a simple bug leaves Popsicle Finance in a sticky situation.

The RewardDistribution bug has already been exploited in several other protocols.

Auditors and Smart contract developers need to stay up to date. This code should not have made it to production.

If only there was somewhere they could read about previous hacks and exploits...

Credit: @Peckshield & @Mudit__Gupta

Attacker address: 0xf9E3D08196F76f5078882d98941b71C0884BEa52

Transaction Hash: 0xcd7dae143…

The “Sorbetto Fragola” contract automatically manages Liquidity on Uniswap V3. Fragola adjusts the position so it is always in the correct range.

The hack was due to the lack of proper fee accounting when LP tokens are transferred.

Specifically, the attacker creates three contracts: A, B, and C and repeats in the sequences of:





C.collectFees() for eight pools.

Step 1: Flashloan 30M USDT, 13K WETH, 1.4KBTC, 30M USDC, 3M DAI and 200K UNI from Aave to attack eight PLP pools.

Below we take the USDT-WETH pool as an example.

Step 2: Alice calls deposit() to add 30M USDT and 5.467K WETH liquidity into the USDT-WETH PLP pool and gets 10.51 PLP tokens.

Step 3: A transfers the 10.52 PLP tokens to B

Step 4: B calls the collectFees() function to get its tokenRewards updated.

Step 5: B transfers the 10.52 PLP tokens to C

Step 6: C calls the collectFees() function to get its tokenRewards updated.

Step 7: C transfers the 10.52 PLP tokens back to A, so A will be able to remove the liquidity later on.

Step 8: A calls withdraw() to remove the liquidity and gets back 30M USDT and 5.46 WETH.

Step 9: B calls collectFees() to get 2.15M USDT and 392 WETH as rewards.

Step 10: C calls collectFees() to get 2.15M USDT and 402 WETH as rewards.

Step 11: The attacker repeats step 2 to 10 for several other PLP pools and repays the flashloan in step 1.

A portion of the attack's profits (4,100 ETH, about $10M) is immediately deposited to Tornado Cash.

At the time of writing, the remaining 2,560 WETH, 96 WBTC and 159,928 DAI are still in the attacker account: 0xf9E3D08196F76f5078882d98941b71C0884BEa52.

Everyone makes mistakes, but not many are responsible for $20M TVL…

It’s strange that Peckshield decided to publish a post-mortem of code that they audited, instead of waiting and releasing it as an official release from the Popsicle account.

Another client's funds lost, while Peckshield chase clout on Twitter.

There is little excuse for the auditors for missing an already known bug.

They did write a nice post-mortem though, so at least Popsicle Finance got something for their money.

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