[Bitcoin-development] CoinShuffle: decentralized CoinJoin without trusted third parties

Mike Hearn mike at plan99.net
Mon Aug 11 12:08:24 UTC 2014


Putting the efficacy of coinjoin to one side:

On Mon, Aug 11, 2014 at 1:38 PM, Tim Ruffing <
tim.ruffing at mmci.uni-saarland.de> wrote:

> Then the only remaining reason why it could be invalid is that the input
> could have
> been spent already otherwise. But in this case, only one honest client with
> full information would suffice: a signed transaction that spends the money
> would convince even SPV-clients that the participant with this inputs
> tries to
> cheat.


Bear in mind that getutxo does not return the spending transaction - it
can't because the UTXO set doesn't record this information (a spent txo is
deleted).

However, if you have sufficient peers and one is honest, the divergence can
be detected and the operation stopped/the user alerted. If all peers are
lying i.e. your internet connection is controlled by an attacker, it
doesn't really make much difference because they could swallow the
transaction you're trying to broadcast anyway. Ultimately if your peers
think a TXO is spent and refuse to relay transactions that spend them, you
can't do much about it even in the non-SPV context: you *must* be able to
reach at least one peer who believes in the same world as you do.
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