Understanding the Bridge
ALEX Bridge is custodial in that the tokens being bridged are held in contracts on Ethereum and Finance Smart Chain. Users can monitor the reserves real-time at
You can check the latest circulating supply of sUSDT by calling
get-total-supplyfunction of the contract (please note the number is in 8-digit fixed notation, i.e. the last 8 digits represent the decimals).
Alternatively the same is also available at
ALEX Bridge also is bi-directional or “two-way” bridge, meaning you can freely transfer assets between Stacks and Ethereum and vice versa.
Asset transfers from users to Endpoints are monitored by a group of "validators", who produce cryptographic proofs that say "X amount of source asset are sent by address A on the source blockchain for address B on the destination blockchain to receive Y amount of destination asset."
There is a minimum threshold of such proofs that must be provided and verified before the assets received into Endpoint can be sent to the relevant address.
Users use Endpoints to trigger transfer of source assets. The destination assets are then sent by a relayer by producing cryptographic proofs.
That the assets are held by contracts owned by multisig contracts is important because this minimises the risk of a malicious actor stealing the private key and assets sent by users.
CoinFabrik audited the Endpoints.
Validators are responsible for producing cryptographic proofs, which must be verified by the Endpoints before transferring the destination assets to an address. Validators consist of ALEX LAB Foundation members and active community contributors.
Validators are important because this set-up minimises the risk of a malicious actor taking over the system (for example, a relayer).
CoinFabrik audited the codes relavant to Validator.
Relayers are responsible for triggering the destination asset transfer upon gathering a minimum threshold of cryptographic proofs produced by the validators.
CoinFabrik audited the codes relavant to Relayer.