Governance of BSC


There are many system parameters to control the behavior of the BSC:

  • All these parameters of BSC system contracts should be flexible: slashing threshold, cross-chain transfer fees, relayer reward amount and so on.
  • params of Staking/Slash/Oracle modules on BC

All these parameters will be determined by BSC Validator Set together through a proposal-vote process based on their staking. Such the process will be carried on BC, and the new parameter values will be picked up by corresponding system contracts via cross-chain communication if needed.

Design Principles

For BC:

  • Codebase reuse: Reuse most of the structure of proposal and vote, and the logic about propose and vote.
  • Cross chain package Available at once: The cross-chain package should be available once the proposal passed.
  • Native params change take place at breath block: The param change of Staking/Slash/Oracle modules on BC take place at breath block after the proposal passed.

For BSC:

  • Uniform interface. The contracts who are interested in these parameters only need to implement the same interface.
  • Extensible. When adding a new system contract, there is no need to modify any other contracts.
  • Failure toleration. Validators could vote to skip false proposals and go on.
  • Multiplexing. Now we have only parameters gov, but in the future, there will be more governance functions.



Contract Interface

Every contract that wants to subscribe param change event, should implement the following interface: function updateParam(string key, bytes calldata value) external

Some following check must be done inside the interface:

  • The msg sender must be the gov contract.
  • Basic check of value. (length, value range)

An example implementation:

modifier onlyGov() {
    require(msg.sender == GOV_CONTRACT_ADDR, "the msg sender must be the gov contract");

function updateParam(string key, bytes calldata value) external onlyGov{
    if (key == "relayerReward"){
        require(value.length == 32, "the length of value is not 32 when update relayer_reward param");
        uint256 memory paramValue = TypesToBytes.ToUint256(0, value);
        require(paramValue >= MIN_RELAYER_REWARD, "the relayerReward is smaller than the minimum value");
        require(paramValue <= MAX_RELAYER_REWARD, "the relayerReward is bigger than the maximal value");
        relayerReward = paramValue;
        require(false, "receive unknown param");

Gov Contract

Implement the cross chain contract interface: handlePackage(bytes calldata msgBytes, bytes calldata proof, uint64 height, uint64 packageSequence)

And do following step: – Basic check. Sequence check, Relayer sender check, block header sync check, merkel proof check. – Check the msg type according to the first byte of msgBytes, only param change msg type supported for now. Check and parse the msg bytes. – Use a fixed gas to invoke the updateParam interface of target contract. Catch any exception and emit fail event if necessary, but let the process go on. – Claim reward for the relayer and increase sequence.

Fee Table

Msg typeFeeFee For
MsgSideChainSubmitProposal10 BNBsProposer
MsgSideChainDeposit0.00125 BNBProposer
MsgSideChainVote1 BNBProposer
Relayer reward0.05 BNBcome from system reward pool