[Bitcoin-development] Proposal: Encrypt bitcoin messages

Gregory Maxwell gmaxwell at gmail.com
Tue Aug 19 16:38:21 UTC 2014


On Tue, Aug 19, 2014 at 9:07 AM, Justus Ranvier
<justusranvier at riseup.net> wrote:
> If that's not acceptable, even using TLS with self-signed certificates
> would be an improvement.

TLS is a huge complex attack surface, any use of it requires an
additional dependency with a large amount of difficult to audit code.
TLS is trivially DOS attacked and every major/widely used TLS
implementation has had multiple memory disclosure or remote execution
vulnerabilities even in just the last several years.

We've dodged several emergency scale vulnerabilities by not having TLS.




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