[Bitcoin-development] Small update to BIP 62

Pieter Wuille pieter.wuille at gmail.com
Fri Jul 18 15:45:05 UTC 2014

On Fri, Jul 18, 2014 at 5:39 PM, Mike Hearn <mike at plan99.net> wrote:
> The rationale doesn't seem to apply to rule #4, what's so special about that
> one?

Nothing really. If it's controversial in any way, I'm fine with
changing that. It's just one those things that nobody needs, nobody
uses, has never been standard, and shouldn't have been possible in the
first place IMHO. Given that, it's easier to just make it a consensus

> Although I agree not having to support all of DER is nice, in practice I
> think all implementations do and libraries to parse DER are widespread.
> Given that the last time we modified tx rules without bumping version
> numbers we managed to break the only functioning iPhone client, I've become
> a big fan of backwards compatibility: seems the default choice should be to
> preserve compatibility over technical niceness until the old versions have
> been fully phased out.

I'm not comfortable with dropping OpenSSL-based signature parsing
until we have well-defined rules about which encodings are valid. At
this point I'm not even convinced we *know* about all possible ways to
modify signature encodings without invalidating them.

But perhaps we should investigate how many non-DER signatures still
make it into blocks first...


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