[Bitcoin-development] Draft BIP for Bloom filtering

Mike Hearn mike at plan99.net
Fri Oct 26 14:01:58 UTC 2012

> Presumably these components will just get implemented a few times in
> some carefully constructed library code, so I don't see an
> implementation complexity argument here— except the fact that it isn't
> what Matt has implemented so far.

Well, yes, that is basically the implementation complexity argument :)
Engineering time isn't free.

I don't feel I understand the effort required to do some kind of
partial tree encoding. Having a kind of custom compression whereby
branches are represented as varint indexes into a dictionary, I can
feel how much work that involves and maybe I can make time over the
next few weeks to implement it. Has anyone got example code for
representing partial Merkle trees?

> Also, it's not mentioned in the page— but the hash function used is
> not cryptographically strong,  so what prevents a complexity (well,
> bandwidth in this case) attack?  someone could start using txids and
> txouts that collide with the maximum number of other existing txouts
> in order to waste bandwidth for people.  Is this avenue of attack not
> a concern?

If you just want to waste bandwidth of nodes you can connect to nodes
and repeatedly download blocks, or fill the network with fake nodes
that spam random generated transactions to whoever connects. I don't
see how to avoid that  so it seems odd to worry about a much more
complicated attack.

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