[bitcoin-dev] An alternative: OP_CAT & OP_CHECKSIGFROMSTACK

Jeremy jlrubin at mit.edu
Sat May 25 01:08:00 UTC 2019

What do you think about having it be OP_CHECK_TXID_TEMPLATE_DATA where the
hash checked is the TXID of the transaction with the inputs set to 0000...
(maybe appended to the fee paid)?

This allows for a variable number of inputs to be allowed (e.g., one, two,
etc). This also fixes potential bugs around TXID malleability for lightning
like setups (Greg and I discussed in wizards about version malleability).

Allowing multiple inputs is great for structuring more complex contracts
with multiple nodes paying into the same covenantted transaction.

Also I personally prefer a RISC+CISC approach -- we should enable the
common paths easily as they are known (didn't you come up with jets?) and
improve security for API users, but also piecemeal enable features in
script to allow for experimentation or custom contracts.
@JeremyRubin <https://twitter.com/JeremyRubin>

On Fri, May 24, 2019 at 4:15 PM Russell O'Connor <roconnor at blockstream.io>

> In order of escalating scope of amendments to OP_COSHV, I suggest
> 1) Peeking at surrounding data surrounding data should definitely be
> replaced by a pushdata-like op-code that uses the subsequent 32-bytes
> directly.  The OP_SUCCESSx upgrade path specifically allows for this, and
> avoids complicating the semantics Bitcoin Script.
> 2) Furthermore, the number-of-input-verification and the
> outputhash-verification operations ought to be split into different opcodes
> as they are logically unrelated.
> 3) Better still, we should instead implement the transaction reflection
> operations of OP_PUSHOUTPUTHASH and OP_NUMINPUTS that puts the outputhash
> and number of inputs respectively onto the stack.  Recursive covenants
> appear to be effectively impossible without either an OP_TWEEKPUBKEY or an
> OP_PUSHSCRIPTPUBKEY so the effort your proposal goes through to guard
> against placing an arbitrary outputhash onto the stack appears to be wasted
> effort to me.
> 4) If we anticipate adding OP_CHECKSIGFROMSTACKVERIFY, then we should most
> definitely prefer (3) instead of OP_COSHV, if we still feel the need to do
> anything at all.  It is probably best to have both
> OP_CHECKSIGFROMSTACKVERIFY and transaction reflection operations of
> OP_PUSHOUTPUTHASH and OP_NUMINPUTS but I think I would be fine with just
> On the other hand, if we are serious about preferring less per-block
> bandwidth over reusable primitive opcodes for programming, then we should
> instead abandon the RISC-style Bitcoin Script and instead add an
> alternative CISC-style taproot leaf type that directly provides (a
> conjunction of) the various popular common policies: channel opening,
> channel factories, coinjoins, hashlocks, timelocks, congestion control
> etc.  Segwit v0 already implements this CISC-style for the single most
> popular policy: single signature verification.
> On Fri, May 24, 2019 at 4:51 PM Jeremy <jlrubin at mit.edu> wrote:
>> Hi Russell,
>> Thanks for this detailed comparison. The COSHV BIP does include a brief
>> comparison to OP_CHECKSIGFROMSTACKVERIFY and ANYPREVOUT, but this is more
>> detailed.
>> I think that the power from CHECKSIGFROMSTACKVERIFY is awesome. It's
>> clearly one of the more flexible options available and would enable a
>> multitude of new use cases.
>> When I originally presented my work on congestion control at Jan 2017
>> BPASE, I also discussed it as an option for covenants. Unfortunately I
>> think it may be on the edge of too powerful -- there are a lot of use cases
>> and implications from having a potentially recursive covenant. If you see
>> my response to Matt in the OP_COSHV BIP thread I classify it as enabling a
>> non-computationally enumerable set of restrictions.
>> I think also from a developer point of view working with OP_COSHV is much
>> much simpler (maybe this can be abstracted) which will lead to increased
>> adoption. OP_COSHV also uses less per-block bandwidth which also makes it
>> preferable for a measure intended to decongest blocks. Do you know the
>> exact byte cost for OP_CHECKSIGFROMSTACK? OP_COSHV scripts, with templating
>> changes to taproot, can be a single byte. OP_COSHV also has less potential
>> to have a negative interaction with future opcodes we may want like
>> OP_PUBKEYTWEAK. While we're getting to an exact spec for the features we
>> want in Bitcoin scripting, it's hard to sign on to OP_CHECKSIGFROMSTACK
>> unless there's an exact specification which makes us confident we're
>> hitting all the points.
>> If the main complaint about OP_COSHV is that it peeks at surrounding
>> data, it's also possible to implement it more closely to a multi-byte
>> pushdata opcode or do the template optimization.
>> Lastly, as I have previously noted, OP_LEFT is probably safer to
>> implement than OP_CAT and should be more efficient for OP_CHECKSIGFROMSTACK
>> scripts.
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