[Bitcoin-development] Proposal: MultiBit as default desktop client on bitcoin.org

Mike Hearn mike at plan99.net
Fri Jun 28 10:20:03 UTC 2013

I suspect what you saw is mining nodes restarting and clearing their
mempools out rather than an explicit policy of replace by fee.

On Fri, Jun 28, 2013 at 12:09 PM, John Dillon
<john.dillon892 at googlemail.com> wrote:
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> On Fri, Jun 28, 2013 at 9:05 AM, Mike Hearn <mike at plan99.net> wrote:
>>> I see some of the the other things that were concerning for me at the
>>> time are still uncorrected though, e.g. no proxy support (so users
>>> can't follow our recommended best practices of using it with Tor),
>> Yeah. That's not the primary privacy issue with bitcoinj though. I'm
>> much, much more concerned about leaks via the block chain than the
>> network layer. Especially as Tor is basically a giant man in the
>> middle, without any kind of authentication you can easily end up
>> connected to a sybil network without any idea. I'd be surprised if Tor
>> usage was very high amongst Bitcoin users.
> Tor does not act as a particularly effective man in the middle for nodes
> that support connections to hidden services because while your
> connections to standard Bitcoin nodes go through your exit node, the
> routing path for each hidden service peer is independent. Having said
> that we should offer modes that send your self-generated transactions
> out via Tor, while still maintaining non-Tor connections.
> Anyway Sybil attacks aren't all that interesting if you are the one
> sending the funds, and receivers are reasonably well protected simply
> because generating false confirmations is extremely expensive and very
> difficult to do quickly. After all, you always make the assumption that
> nearly all hashing power in existence is honest when you talk about
> replace-by-fee among other things, and that assumption naturally leads
> to the conclusion that generating false confirmations with a sybil
> attack would take more than long enough that the user would be
> suspicious that something was wrong long before being defrauded.
> I'd be surprised if anyone has ever bothered with a false confirmation
> sybil attack. I wouldn't be the slightest bit surprised if the NSA is
> recording all the Bitcoin traffic they can for future analysis to find
> true transaction origins. Which reminds me, again, we need node-to-node
> connections to be encrypted to at least protect against network-wide
> passive sniffiing.
> Regarding usage I would be interested to hear from those running Bitcoin
> nodes advertising themselves as hidden services.
>> It's not a library limitation anyway, it's a case of how best to
>> present information to a user who is not familiar with how Bitcoin
>> works. "Safe" and "Not safe" is still a rather misleading distinction
>> given the general absence of double spends against mempool
>> transactions, but it's still a lot more meaningful than "2 confirms"
> For what it is worth I ran a double-spend generator a month or so ago
> against the replace-by-fee node that Peter setup and I found that a
> small number of the double-spends did in fact appear to be mined under
> replace-by-fee rules.
> Specifically the generator would create a transaction from confirmed
> inputs, wait 60-180 seconds (randomized) to allow for full propagation,
> and then create a double-spend if the transaction hadn't already been
> mined. The transactions were randomized to look like normal traffic,
> including occasional bets to Satoshidice and similar for fun. (for the
> record the script had no way of knowing if a bet won and would happily
> attempt to double-spend wins) Fees for the replacement were power-law
> distributed IIRC, with some occasionally set to be quite hefty.
> Though possibly just an artifact of unusually slow transaction
> propagation it appeared that about 0.25% of hashing power was following
> replace-by-fee rules. (not including transactions involving gambling, I
> know Eligius and perhaps others block such transactions from their
> mempools making double-spends easy to accomplish by including
> Satoshidice outputs)
> I'm actually surprised by that figure myself given Peter Todd and I
> haven't made a serious attempt yet to get miners to use replace-by-fee
> rules. An interesting experiment would be to advertise that money is
> being given away by such a tx generator in the mining forum, although I
> would prefer to see solid mempool support for the "scorched-earth"
> double-spend countermeasure first; Peter sounds like he has some great
> ideas there, although as usual I am seeing very little in the way of
> code. :)
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