[Bitcoin-development] replace-by-fee v0.10.0rc4

Neil Fincham neil at asdf.co.nz
Sun Mar 1 19:05:39 UTC 2015


> Seems like a good deal, what am I missing?

The disruption caused to every other user or the bitcoin network.
Transactions unconfirmed, history is rewritten, the poor Byzantine General
who sent his soldiers off to battle finds out that his scouts have been
paid to change their reports.

Neil

On 2 March 2015 at 06:59, Troy Benjegerdes <hozer at hozed.org> wrote:

> So let's play this out a little.. Let's call it "Solomon's spend[1]"
>
> Exchange gets hacked, bitcoins move.
>
> The exchange has a contract with an insurance company and miners for
> 'scorched earth' theft response that creates a double-spend of the
> original transaction.
>
> So now there's a 10,000 bitcoin incentive for miners to roll back the
> chain and start (re)mining the block where the theft occurred.
>
> The exchange gets an insurance payout, some miner wins the lottery, and
> the thief gets nothing. Seems like a good deal, what am I missing?
>
> [1] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Judgment_of_Solomon
>
> On Sun, Feb 22, 2015 at 04:06:13AM -0800, Eric Lombrozo wrote:
> > I should note that my proposal does require a change to the consensus
> > rules...but getting bitcoin to scale will require this no matter what.
> >
> > - Eric Lombrozo
> > On Feb 22, 2015 3:41 AM, "Eric Lombrozo" <elombrozo at gmail.com> wrote:
> >
> > > It seems to me we're confusing two completely different motivations for
> > > double-spending. One is the ability to replace a fee, the other is the
> > > ability to replace outputs.
> > >
> > > If the double-spend were to merely add or remove inputs (but keep at
> least
> > > one input in common, of course), it seems fairly safe to assume it's
> the
> > > former, a genuine fee replacement. Even allowing for things like
> coinjoin,
> > > none of the payees would really care either way.
> > >
> > > Conversely, if at least one of the inputs were kept but none of the
> > > outputs were, we can be confident it's the the latter.
> > >
> > > It is possible to build a wallet that always does the former when doing
> > > fee replacement by using another transaction to create an output with
> > > exactly the additional desired fee.
> > >
> > > If we can clearly distinguish these two cases then the fee replacement
> > > case can be handled by relaying both and letting miners pick one or the
> > > other while the output replacement case could be handled by rewarding
> > > everything to a miner (essentially all outputs are voided...made
> > > unredeemable...and all inputs are added to coinbase) if the miner
> includes
> > > the two conflicting transactions in the same block.
> > >
> > > Wouldn't this essentially solve the problem?
> > >
> > > - Eric Lombrozo
> > > On Feb 21, 2015 8:09 PM, "Jeff Garzik" <jgarzik at bitpay.com> wrote:
> > >
> > >> On Sat, Feb 21, 2015 at 10:25 PM, Jorge Timón <jtimon at jtimon.cc>
> wrote:
> > >> > On Sat, Feb 21, 2015 at 11:47 PM, Jeff Garzik <jgarzik at bitpay.com>
> > >> wrote:
> > >> >> This isn't some theoretical exercise.  Like it or not many use
> > >> >> insecure 0-conf transactions for rapid payments.  Deploying
> something
> > >> >> that makes 0-conf transactions unusable would have a wide, negative
> > >> >> impact on present day bitcoin payments, thus "scorched earth"
> > >>
> > >> > And maybe by maintaining first seen policies we're harming the
> system
> > >> > in the long term by encouraging people to widely deploy systems
> based
> > >> > on extremely weak assumptions.
> > >>
> > >> Lacking a coded, reviewed alternative, that's only a platitude.
> > >> Widely used 0-conf payments are where we're at today.  Simply ceasing
> > >> the "maintaining [of] first seen policies" alone is simply not a
> > >> realistic option.  The negative impact to today's userbase would be
> > >> huge.
> > >>
> > >> Instant payments need a security upgrade, yes.
> > >>
> > >> --
> > >> Jeff Garzik
> > >> Bitcoin core developer and open source evangelist
> > >> BitPay, Inc.      https://bitpay.com/
> > >>
> > >>
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