Hi ZmnSCPxj,

>Would this not work?

I considered and rejected that model for the following reason: there are
moments where both Alice and Bob can claim the BTC. If they both attempt to
do so, it also reveals both secrets, causing the LTC to also be claimable
by both parties. This chaotic scenario is a failure mode that did not seem
acceptable to me. The revoke transaction was specifically added to mitigate
that issue (invalidating any attempt of Bob to claim the coins and reveal
his secret). That said, it doesn't particularly seem in either party's
interest wait until a moment where two timelocks become valid, so maybe it
is not quite as bad as I thought. However, it still means that the
incompetence/malevolence of one party can lead to losses for both parties.
I have my doubts a gain in privacy in the uncooperative case is worth that

Of course it also reverts the protocol to 3 transactions, instead of 2, but
regardless, not having to watch the chain is probably more practical in
many cases. As an aside, if both chains support timelocks then we can
ensure that the more expensive chain only receives one transaction.

>if relative locktimes are used as often as absolute locktimes for
block-sniping-prevention and a decent Scriptless Script system, then all
protocol aborts should be doable with no information leaks

I see your point, interesting observation.

>A sidenote as well, that if Alice typically uses an HD wallet, the UTXO on
the LTC side would not be in that HD, and if Alice wants to cold-store the
LTC, it should move the money as well into an HD pubkey.

Agreed, I had that listed as one of the disadvantages: "Access to money is
contingent on remembering secrets (backup complexity)"


On Tue, May 12, 2020 at 8:50 AM Lloyd Fournier <lloyd.fo...@gmail.com>

> A quick correction to my post:
>> Here's where the truly novel part comes in. Ruben solves this by
>> extending the standard *TLC contract:
>> 1. Bob redeem with secret
>> 2. Alice refund after T1
>> 3. Bob redeem without secret after T2
>> This is actually:
> 1. Bob redeem with redeem secret
> 2. Alice refund after T1 with refund secret
> 3. Bob redeem without secret after T2
> The fact that Alice reveals a secret when she refunds is crucial.
> LL
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