[Bitcoin-development] [RFC] [BIP proposal] Dealing with malleability

Alex Morcos morcos at gmail.com
Thu Feb 13 00:39:11 UTC 2014

I apologize if this has been discussed many times before.

As a long term solution to malleable transactions, wouldn't it be possible
to modify the signatures to be of the entire transaction.  Why do you have
to zero out the inputs?  I can see that this would be a hard fork, and
maybe it would be somewhat tricky to extract signatures first (since you
can sign everything except the signatures), but it would seem to me that
this is an important enough change to consider making.

On Wed, Feb 12, 2014 at 5:52 PM, Luke-Jr <luke at dashjr.org> wrote:

> On Wednesday, February 12, 2014 8:27:52 PM Mark Friedenbach wrote:
> > On 02/12/2014 08:44 AM, Alan Reiner wrote:
> > > Changing the protocol to use these static IDs is a pretty fundamental
> > > change that would never happen in Bitcoin.   But they can still be
> > > useful at the application level to mitigate these issues.
> >
> > Not to mention that it would be potentially very insecure to have
> > consensus depend on data (scriptSigs) which are not hashed in the Merkle
> > structure of a block.
> >
> > Not that anyone on this list has suggested such a change, but I've seen
> > it raised multiple times on the forum....
> This would be a problem if it was used in the merkle tree, but I'm pretty
> sure
> using it for input selection would be pretty safe. One could even avoid the
> index by simply using the hashScript as the sole input value; then even
> CoinJoins would be safe without breaking chains of transactions (although
> this
> would break address reuse entirely - but I don't see that as a problem in a
> theoretical world). One of those things that an altcoin could improve upon
> Bitcoin with... ;)
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