On Fri, May 09, 2014 at 08:38:22PM +0200, Pieter Wuille wrote:
> On Fri, May 9, 2014 at 8:13 PM, Peter Todd <p...@petertodd.org> wrote:
> > I don't think we're going to find that's practical unfortunately due to
> > change. Every payment I make ties up txouts, so if we try to base the
> > atomicity of payments on whether or not the payee decides to broadcast
> > the transaction the payor is stuck with txouts that they can't use until
> > the payee makes up their mind. That leads to lots and lots of nasty edge
> > cases.
> I haven't talked much about it except for on IRC, but my idea was this:
> * PaymentACK messages become signed (with the same key as the payment
> request, or using some delegation mechanism, so that the same key
> doesn't need to remain online).
> * Instead of a full Bitcoin transaction, a Payment message contains a
> scriptSig-less Bitcoin transaction + a limit on its byte size (and
> perhaps a limit on its sigop count).
> * The sender sends such a Payment to the receiver before actually
> signing the transaction (or at least, before revealing the signed
> form).
> * The receiver only ACKs if the transaction satisfies the request, is
> within time limits, isn't unlikely to confirm.
> * If the sender likes the ACK (the refund and memo fields are intact,
> the transaction isn't changed, the signature key is valid, ...), he
> either sends the full transaction (with receiver taking responsibility
> for broadcasting) or broadcasts it himself.
> Together, this means that a paymentACK + a confirmed matching Bitcoin
> transaction can count as proof of payment. Both parties have a chance
> to disagree with the transaction, and are certain all communicated
> data (apart from transaction signatures) in both directions happened
> correctly before committing. It would completely remove the chance
> that the Bitcoin transaction gets broadcast without the receiver
> liking it (for legitimate or illegitimate reasons), or without the
> backchannel functioning correctly.
> It's also compatible with doing multiple payments in one Bitcoin
> transaction - you can ask for ACKs from multiple parties before
> signing the transaction.
> Of course, the sender can still withhold the signed transaction (in
> which case nothing happened, but we probably need a second timeout),
> or the receiver can always claim to have never received the
> transaction. The sender can broadcast the transaction himself in order
> to prevent that, after obtaining an ACK.

Yeah, with the receiver specifically signing off on the tx I think
that's fine. OTOH you still gotta ask if this process is really worth
it; do you really need this level of signing off for payments that are
only going to be considered fully valid after a confirmation? That's
always going to be the case for a large proportion of Bitcoin
transactions, and sticking to that model makes upgrades easier and
reduces the reasons why receivers would want to reimplement a bunch of
Bitcoin-related logic.


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