[bitcoin-dev] p2p authentication and encryption BIPs

Tom tomz at freedommail.ch
Wed Mar 23 20:36:00 UTC 2016

On Wednesday 23 Mar 2016 16:24:12 Jonas Schnelli via bitcoin-dev wrote:
> Hi
> I have just PRed a draft version of two BIPs I recently wrote.
> https://github.com/bitcoin/bips/pull/362

I suggest running a spellchecker ;)

Some questions;

* why would you not allow encryption on non-pre-approved connections?
* we just removed (ssl) encryption from the JSON interface, how do you suggest 
this encryption to be implemented without openSSL?
* What is the reason for using the p2p code to connect a wallet to a node?
I suggest using one of the other connection methods to connect to the node. 
This avoids a change in the bitcoin protocol for a very specific usecase.
* Why do you want to do a per-message encryption (wrapping the original)? 
Smaller messages that contain predictable content and are able to be matched 
to the unencrypted versions on the wire send to other nodes will open this 
scheme up to various old statistical attacks.

> Responding peers must ignore (banning would lead to fingerprinting) the 
requesting peer after 5 unsuccessfully authentication tries to avoid resource 

Any implementation of that kind would itself again be open to resource 
Why 5? Do you want to allow a node to make a typo?

> To ensure that no message was dropped or blocked, the complete communication 
must be hashed (sha256). Both peers keep the SHA256 context of the encryption 
session. The complete <code>enc</code> message (leaving out the hash itself) 
must be added to the hash-context by both parties. Before sending a 
<code>enc</code> command, the sha256 context will be copied and finalized.

You write "the complete communication must be hashed" and every message has a 
hash of the state until it is at that point.
I think you need to explain how that works specifically.

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