SlowMist: A brief analysis of yearn finance being hacked

2 min readFeb 7, 2021


On February 5, 2021, according to the intelligence of the SlowMist Zone, the DAI strategy pool of the well-known chain machine gun pool yearn finance was attacked. The SlowMist security team immediately followed up the analysis. The following is a brief analysis of SlowMist:

1. The attacker first borrowed a large amount of ETH from dYdX and AAVE using flash loans

2. The attacker uses the ETH loaned from step 1 to loan DAI and USDC in Compound

3. The attacker deposits all USDC and most of the DAI in step 2 into the Curve DAI/USDC/USDT pool. At this time, due to the huge liquidity deposited by the attacker, he has actually controlled the Curve DAI/USDC/USDT Most liquidity

4. The attacker withdraws a certain amount of USDT from the Curve pool, which makes the ratio of DAI/USDT/USDC imbalance and depreciates DAI/ (USDT&USDC)

5. In the third step, the attacker recharges the remaining DAI into the year DAI strategy pool, and then calls the earn function of the year DAI strategy pool to transfer the recharged DAI to the Curve DAI/USDT/USDC pool at an unbalanced ratio, and at the same time DAI strategy pool will receive a certain amount of 3CRV tokens

6. The attacker re-deposits the USDT removed in step 4 into the Curve DAI/USDT/USDC pool to restore the ratio of DAI/USDT/USDC

7. The attacker triggers the withdraw function of the year DAI strategy pool. Since the year DAI strategy pool is stored in an unbalanced ratio, the normal ratio is now used for withdrawal. The proportion of DAI in the pool has increased, resulting in the same number of 3CRV generations. The amount of DAI that can be retrieved by the coin decreases. This part of the less retrieved tokens remains in the Curve DAI/USDC/USDT pool

8. As the attacker already holds most of the liquidity in the Curve DAI/USDC/USDT pool in step 3, most of the DAI that the yearn DAI strategy pool failed to retrieve will be allocated to the attacker

9. Repeat steps 3–8 above 5 times, and return the flash loan to complete the profit.

Reference attack transaction:

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