[bitcoin-dev] {sign|verify}message replacement

Kalle Rosenbaum kalle at rosenbaum.se
Wed Mar 14 09:46:55 UTC 2018

Thank you.

I can't really see from your proposal if you had thought of this: A soft
fork can make old nodes accept invalid message signatures as valid. For
example, a "signer" can use a witness version unknown to the verifier to
fool the verifier. Witness version is detectable (just reject unknown
witness versions)  but there may be more subtle changes. Segwit was not
"detectable" in that way, for example.

This is the reason why I withdrew BIP120. If you have thought about the
above, I'd be very interested.


Sent from my Sinclair ZX81

Den 14 mars 2018 16:10 skrev "Karl Johan Alm via bitcoin-dev" <
bitcoin-dev at lists.linuxfoundation.org>:


I am considering writing a replacement for the message signing tools
that are currently broken for all but the legacy 1xx addresses. The
approach (suggested by Pieter Wuille) is to do a script based
approach. This does not seem to require a lot of effort for
implementing in Bitcoin Core*. Below is my proposal for this system:

A new structure SignatureProof is added, which is a simple scriptSig &
witnessProgram container that can be serialized. This is passed out
from/into the signer/verifier.

RPC commands:

sign <address> <message> [<prehashed>=false]

Generates a signature proof for <message> using the same method that
would be used to spend coins sent to <address>.**

verify <address> <message> <proof> [<prehashed>=false]

Deserializes and executes the proof using a custom signature checker
whose sighash is derived from <message>. Returns true if the check
succeeds, and false otherwise. The scriptPubKey is derived directly
from <address>.**

Feedback welcome.


(*) Looks like you can simply use VerifyScript with a new signature
checker class. (h/t Nicolas Dorier)
(**) If <prehashed> is true, <message> is the sighash, otherwise
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