[Bitcoin-development] Draft BIP for Bloom filtering

Matt Corallo bitcoin-list at bluematt.me
Wed Oct 24 19:00:33 UTC 2012


On Wed, 2012-10-24 at 14:54 -0400, Gavin Andresen wrote:
> RE: sharing parts of the merkle branches when returning a 'merkleblock' :
> 
> I think I agree that complicating the BIP for what should be a very
> rare case (more than a handful of transactions in a block match the
> transactions in your wallet) is the right decision.
I believe you meant NOT complicating?
> 
> I want to make sure I'm understanding this bit correctly:
> 
> "In addition, because a merkleblock message contains only a list of
> transaction hashes, any transactions that the requesting node hasn't
> either received or announced with an inv will be automatically sent as
> well. This avoids a slow roundtrip that would otherwise be required
> (receive hashes, didn't see some of these transactions yet, ask for
> them)."
> 
> Requiring serving/relaying nodes to keep track of which transactions
> they have or have not sent to their peers makes me nervous. I think
> requiring an extra 'inv' round-trip would be simpler to implement and
> less likely to lead to some kind of DoS attack.
> 
Sadly that requires (potentially) more DoS potential because you require
nodes to store each transaction that could be requested instead of just
going ahead and forwarding them.  I agree the BIP should not specify
that the sending node is required to keep track of which transactions
have been announced/sent to clients, however since the reference client
does so currently, that implementation is significantly simpler (note
that it is a bounded set in the reference client, so even the reference
client doesn't really fully comply with the BIP as stated here).  

Matt





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