Longer term it would be more ideal have a canonical identifier for the transaction before it even gets to the chain to support these use cases, even if wallets are able to properly identify the status of it's transactions.-Allen
One possible work-around to get back trusted transaction chaining for payment channels and locked refunds from multi-sig would be to make the initial transaction include zero fee, and depend on child-pays-for-parent in order to get the first and follow-on transactions into a block. This of course only works for protocols where the parties don't need the initial funding transaction to actually hit the blockchain right away.
But this relies on two assumptions; 1) that miners won't include a zero-fee transaction in the blockchain, and 2) that miners actually implement child-pays-for-parent. It's definitely not the same security as-if you had immutable txid, but it's something to consider.
1) Mutants may cause wallet spam and difficulty calculating balance (and wallets will evolve to deal with it)
2) Mutants cause DoS because they can interfere with your own transaction chains, which for example makes batch off-line processing much more difficult
3) Mutants introduce a 3rd party attacker into any two-party protocol that relies on chains
There's a lot to digest in the 'v3' transaction/block proposal. It sounds like there may be some uncertainty over whether we can *prove* that v3 transactions in v3 blocks would actually be guaranteed immutable with these changes?
If we cannot fully prove a Tx is immutable, then is it actually worth taking steps to make it seem immutable, or is that just a false sense of security in the cases where chained transactions were actually expected to be reliable? Under that thinking, maybe it's best to accept mutants as a fact of life, and only consider protocols and techniques that cannot be broken by mutants.
In what cases does reducing the sources of malleability, but not necessarily eliminating from a security proof perspective, actually help? Basically, if we don't know that we will succeed, isn't there really no point in trying?
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