[Bitcoin-development] Coinbase reallocation to discourage Finney attacks

Peter Todd pete at petertodd.org
Wed Apr 23 15:55:31 UTC 2014

On Wed, Apr 23, 2014 at 05:41:26PM +0200, Pieter Wuille wrote:
> On Wed, Apr 23, 2014 at 5:34 PM, Kevin <kevinsisco61784 at gmail.com> wrote:
> > I have some questions:
> > 1.  How can we work towards solving the double-spending problem?
> We have this awesome technology that solves the double-spending
> problem. It's called a blockchain. Of course, it only works when
> transactions are actually in a block.
> This issue is about double-spending preventing before they're
> confirmed. This is (and has always been) just a best-effort mechanism
> in the network.
> > 2.  Is it possible to "scan" for double-spending and correct it?
> That is what is being proposed here, by introducing a mechanism where
> miners can vote to penalize other miners if they seem to allow (too
> many?) double spends.

Worse, it's a mechanism where miners can vote to penalize other miners
for any reason at all. Nothing in the mechanism requires any proof that
a double-spend happened, nor can it.  Even if you require the simple
"two signatures for same output" mechanism, that just proves the
existance of a second signature, and says nothing at all about whether
or not that signature was ever broadcast on any network.

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