[bitcoin-dev] BIP: OP_PRANDOM

Eric Martindale eric at ericmartindale.com
Fri May 20 18:32:07 UTC 2016


You should take a look at OP_DETERMINISTICRANDOM [1] from the Elements
Project.  It aims to achieve a similar goal.

Code is in the `alpha` branch [2].

[1]: https://www.elementsproject.org/elements/opcodes/

On Fri, May 20, 2016 at 8:29 AM Matthew Roberts via bitcoin-dev <
bitcoin-dev at lists.linuxfoundation.org> wrote:

> Good point, to be honest. Maybe there's a better way to combine the block
> hashes like taking the first N bits from each block hash to produce a
> single number but the direction that this is going in doesn't seem ideal.
> I just asked a friend about this problem and he mentioned using the hash
> of the proof of work hash as part of the number so you have to throw away a
> valid POW if it doesn't give you the hash you want. I suppose its possible
> to make it infinitely expensive to manipulate the number but I can't think
> of anything better than that for now.
> I need to sleep on this for now but let me know if anyone has any better
> ideas.
> On Fri, May 20, 2016 at 6:34 AM, Johnson Lau <jl2012 at xbt.hk> wrote:
>> Using the hash of multiple blocks does not make it any safer. The miner
>> of the last block always determines the results, by knowing the hashes of
>> all previous blocks.
>> == Security
>> Pay-to-script-hash can be used to protect the details of contracts that
>> use OP_PRANDOM from the prying eyes of miners. However, since there is also
>> a non-zero risk that a participant in a contract may attempt to bribe a
>> miner the inclusion of multiple block hashes as a source of randomness is a
>> must. Every miner would effectively need to be bribed to ensure control
>> over the results of the random numbers, which is already very unlikely. The
>> risk approaches zero as N goes up.
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