[Bitcoin-development] Proposal to change payment protocol signing

Gavin gavinandresen at gmail.com
Tue Apr 29 19:12:49 UTC 2014


Consensus is the spec should be clarified to match current behavior, so it won't change.

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Gavin Andresen


> On Apr 29, 2014, at 9:44 AM, Jouke Hofman <jouke at bitonic.nl> wrote:
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> We have BIP70 already in use (over a hundred paid requests).
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> Could you elaborate on why this needs changing?
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>> On 28-04-14 14:39, Gavin Andresen wrote:
>> There is a discussion about clarifying how BIP70 signs payment
>> requests here: https://github.com/bitcoin/bips/pull/41
>> 
>> The issue is what to do with the signature field before signing.
>> The code Mike and I initially wrote does this:
>> 
>> request.set_signature(string(""));
>> 
>> (sets signature to the empty string)
>> 
>> I think that is a mistake; it should be:
>> 
>> request.clear_signature();
>> 
>> (clears signature field, so it is not serialized at all).
>> 
>> So: if you are implementing, or have implemented, the payment
>> protocol, please chime in. I'd like to change the spec and the
>> reference implementation NOW, while BIP70 is still a 'Draft'.
>> 
>> Because this type of "hey, I'm implementing your standard and it
>> doesn't work the way I think it should" mistake is exactly why BIPs
>> take a while before being declared 'Final.'
>> 
>> 
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