[Bitcoin-development] Presenting a BIP for Shamir's Secret Sharing of Bitcoin private keys

Matt Whitlock bip at mattwhitlock.name
Tue Apr 22 08:43:45 UTC 2014

On Tuesday, 22 April 2014, at 10:39 am, Jan Møller wrote:
> Necessary Shares = M+1, not a problem
> I would probably encode N-of-M in 1 byte as I don't see good use cases with
> more than 17 shares. Anyway, I am fine with it as it is.

I agree that M > 16 is probably not a viable use case for human beings, but machines would probably be able to make use of it. I, for one, welcome our new robot overlords.

Also, the byte that encodes M−1 is optional, so if you're concerned about space, you can omit it (and the checksum).

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