[Bitcoin-development] Proposal: Encrypt bitcoin messages

Peter Todd pete at petertodd.org
Wed Aug 20 00:57:53 UTC 2014


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On 19 August 2014 20:49:01 GMT-04:00, Justus Ranvier <justusranvier at riseup.net> wrote:
>On 08/20/2014 12:16 AM, Peter Todd wrote:
>> The easiest way to do this would be to make the Debian/Ubuntu
>> packages depend on Tor, and include a install-time script to setup
>> the hidden service. I've verified with the Tor devs that they would
>> welcome the additional load on the Tor network that Bitcoin would
>> add.
>
>The easiest way for the people who operates nodes would be to compile
>Tor into Bitcoin Core as a library so that it "just works" when turned
>on.

That library doesn't exist yet to my knowledge, and more importantly, would increase the attack surface of Bitcoin Core. (much like using OpenSSL for straight SSL support would)

Also, my proposal of adding Tor support to the Debian packages can be implemented in a relatively short install time script; no code changes required.
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