[bitcoin-dev] Visually Differentiable - Bitcoin Addresses

Danny Thorpe danny.thorpe at gmail.com
Mon Oct 30 16:15:45 UTC 2017


Humans are very visually oriented, recognizing differences in images more
easily than differences in text.

What about generating an image based on the bytes of an address, using
something like identicon, used by gravatar? Any small change to the text
input produces a significantly different image.

-Danny

On Oct 30, 2017 7:43 AM, "Moral Agent via bitcoin-dev" <
bitcoin-dev at lists.linuxfoundation.org> wrote:

> If you are going to rely on human verification of addresses, the best way
> might be map it to words.
>
> For example, with a 6000 word list, a 25 byte address (with a checksum)
> could be mapped to 16 words like this:
>
> vocally           acquire        removed     unfounded
> euphemism    sanctuary    sectional     driving
> entree            freckles    aloof           vertebrae
> scribble          surround      prelaw         effort
>
> In my opinion, that is much faster to verify than this:
>
> 13gQFTYHuAcfnZjXo2NFsy1E8JGSLwXHCZ
>
> or
>
> bc1qrp33g0q5c5txsp9arysrx4k6zdkfs4nce4xj0gdcccefvpysxf3qccfmv3
>
> Although I really do love Bech32.
>
> On Mon, Oct 30, 2017 at 9:13 AM, shiva sitamraju via bitcoin-dev <
> bitcoin-dev at lists.linuxfoundation.org> wrote:
>
>> For example bc1qeklep85ntjz4605drds6aww9u0qr46qzrv5xswd35uhjuj8ahfcqgf6hak
>> in 461e8a4aa0a0e75c06602c505bd7aa06e7116ba5cd98fd6e046e8cbeb00379d6 is
>> 62 bytes ! This is very very long. This will create lot of usability
>> problems in
>>
>> - Blockexplorers (atleast user should be visually able to compare in a
>> transaction having multiple outputs which one his address)
>> - Mobiles
>> - Payment terminals
>>
>> From my limited understanding, the purpose of inventing a bitcoin address
>> format is for usability and ease of identification (versus a ECDSA public
>> key), While I get the error/checksum capabilities Bech32 brings, any user
>> would prefer a 20 byte address with a checksum  over an address that would
>> wrap several lines !!
>>
>>
>> On Mon, Oct 30, 2017 at 6:19 PM, Ben Thompson <
>> thompson.benedictjames at gmail.com> wrote:
>>
>>> Checking the first few bytes of a Bitcoin Address should not be
>>> considered sufficient for ensuring that it is correct as it takes less than
>>> a second to generate a 3 character vanity address that matches the first 3
>>> characters of an address.
>>>
>>> On Mon, 30 Oct 2017, 11:44 shiva sitamraju via bitcoin-dev, <
>>> bitcoin-dev at lists.linuxfoundation.org> wrote:
>>>
>>>> Hi,
>>>>
>>>> When I copy and paste bitcoin address, I double check the first few
>>>> bytes, to make sure I copied the correct one. This is to make sure some
>>>> rogue software is not changing the address, or I incorrectly pasted the
>>>> wrong address.
>>>>
>>>>
>>>> With Bech32 address, its seems like in this department we are taking as
>>>> step in the backward direction. With the traditional address, I could
>>>> compare first few bytes like 1Ko or 1L3. With bech32, bc1. is all I can see
>>>> and compare which is likely to be same anyway. Note that most users will
>>>> only compare the first few bytes only (since addresses themselves are very
>>>> long and will overflow in a mobile text box).
>>>>
>>>> Is there anyway to make the Bech32 addresses format more visually
>>>> distinct (atleast the first few bytes) ?
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