[bitcoin-dev] BIP proposal: Inhibiting a covert attack on the Bitcoin POW function
jannes.faber at gmail.com
Fri Apr 7 12:59:13 UTC 2017
On 6 April 2017 at 19:13, Alex Mizrahi via bitcoin-dev <
bitcoin-dev at lists.linuxfoundation.org> wrote:
> Ethically, this situation has some similarities to the DAO fork.
> Much better analogy:
> 1. An ISV make software which makes use of an undocumented OS feature.
> 2. That feature is no longer present in the next OS release.
> 3. ISV suffers losses because its software cannot work under new OS, and
> thus people stop buying it.
> I think 99% of programmers would agree that this loss was inflicted by a
> bad decision of ISV, and not by OS vendor changing OS internals. Relying on
> undocumented features is something you do on your own risk.
Right. And in this case, code still is law: if the code specifies a version
number field and some miner finds an optimization that only works when the
version number == 1 then it's his own problem once the network upgrades to
version 2. In no way is there anything ethical about blocking the upgrade.
History is not an indicator of the possible values any field can hold in
the future. Limiting your operation to some arbitrary subset is at your own
Regarding the comparison: I haven't heard anyone even suggest rolling back
the last year of the blockchain to undo the damage already done, any
comparison can end there. If Jonathan wants to persist with this comparison
it would be more like people deciding to stop further funding of the hacked
contract. Yeah, that evil.
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