The OpenZeppelin Defender smart contract security platform is now integrated with Coinbase’s Base network, allowing Base-based web3 application developers to automate security tasks.
According to an April 19 announcement from cybersecurity firm OpenZeppelin, Base app developers can now use Defender software to create multi-signature administration contracts and timelocks, use relays to store keys, and sign transactions while creating automated “sentinels” to monitor the blockchain and react when events occur.
These tools can be used for routine but sensitive administrative tasks such as upgrading contracts, changing numeric settings, or suspending a contract in an emergency, as per program documentation.
The Defender app was available on Ethereum and most other networks in the past, but since it wasn’t integrated with Base, developers couldn’t use it on the new testnet until now.
OpenZeppelin CTO Jonathan Alexander said in the announcement that the integration will make smart contracts “more secure and more expansive,” while Base Manager Jesse Pollak expressed enthusiasm for the integration. team saying that “security is key to a thriving onchain ecosystem”.
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Coinbase announced the launch of the Base testnet on February 23. It plans to release a mainnet version as Layer 2 of Ethereum once testing is complete.
Some Ethereum users have speculated that Coinbase wants to help institutional investors integrate Web3 through the new network, as it will feature identity verification tools from Masa Finance.
OpenZeppelin is best known for its library of open-source smart contracts that are often modified by developers and used for their own purposes across the Ethereum ecosystem.