[Bitcoin-development] Miners MiTM

slush slush at centrum.cz
Fri Aug 8 00:29:31 UTC 2014


AFAIK the only protection is SSL + certificate validation on client side.
However certificate revocation and updates in miners are pain in the ass,
that's why majority of pools (mine including) don't want to play with
that...

slush


On Fri, Aug 8, 2014 at 1:45 AM, Luke Dashjr <luke at dashjr.org> wrote:

> On Thursday, August 07, 2014 11:02:21 PM Pedro Worcel wrote:
> > Hi there,
> >
> > I was wondering if you guys have come across this article:
> >
> > http://www.wired.com/2014/08/isp-bitcoin-theft/
> >
> > The TL;DR is that somebody is abusing the BGP protocol to be in a
> position
> > where they can intercept the miner traffic. The concerning point is that
> > they seem to be having some degree of success in their endeavour and
> > earning profits from it.
> >
> > I do not understand the impact of this (I don't know much about BGP, the
> > mining protocol nor anything else, really), but I thought it might be
> worth
> > putting it up here.
>
> This is old news; both BFGMiner and Eloipool were hardened against it a
> long
> time ago (although no Bitcoin pools have deployed it so far). I'm not
> aware of
> any actual case of it being used against Bitcoin, though - the target has
> always been scamcoins.
>
>
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