A public key is the half of the public/private keypair that is publicized. Anyone can check that a signature is correct, but they can't generate the signature themselves.

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Electrum setup problem

I was trying to install electrum, and for some reason, I wanted to see what multisig wallet was, and now I'm stuck on the master public keys window, I can't cancel and select standard wallet. Every ...
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Derive symmetric keys

Is there some means by which I could derive symmetric keys using bitcoin public keys or HD Wallet public key which I have shared with a second user.
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Changing a private key of a public Bitcoin address

I would like a way to change the private key of a public address, for this you'd of course require the current private key. Is this at all possible? I want to prove that it can be done, or prove that ...
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Recovering the public key from a transaction

Is it possible to get the public key of a user, if we have a transaction from that User in my wallet ?
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How to get the Public Keys of a bitcoin User

Is there some way in which I could get the public key of a Bitcoin user ? Lets say I have transaction with another Bitcoin user. Is there some means by which I can retrieve the public key of the ...
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First multisig using Armory

I hope that no such question already has appeared here. I've searched for a solution but cannot find one. My problem is as follows: I want to use multisig with Armory on Linux. I've created new ...
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Why do all Electrum master public keys all start with xpub661MyMwAqRbc?

I was playing around generating wallets using the current version (2.6.4 on Mac OSX) and noticed that each new (standard) wallet I generated had the same start to the master public key: ...
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Can Ethereum support compressed secp256k1 public keys to compute Keccak addresses?

Starting from a private key, a working functional example provides details for how an Ethereum address can be calculated from an uncompressed secp256k1 elliptic curve public key. This functional ...
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Does address-reuse make Bitcoin private keys vulnerable to quantum computing?

Though quantum computing can technically break ECDSA with enough qubits, this has not the greatest implication on btc because public keys are not known as they are protected by the hashing used to ...
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How do I find a pubkey and the nbits value to generate a genesis block?

I am hoping to create a new cryptocurrency from a Bitcoin fork, mostly for learning, and a little bit of fun. I roughly followed this answer to get as far as I am, but the genesis generator requires a ...
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Get uncompressed public key from compressed form

A similar question has an answer in Python which links to the bitcointalk forum: How can I get the uncompressed public key from the compressed public key in openssl? https://bitcointalk.org/index....
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Private Brain Key Generation and Public Address Not Matching Java

I am trying to generate a public and private key set from a input string in Java. (Yes I am aware this can be a dangerous practice) I am using bitcoinj for a outside library. I currently have: //...
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how base point of bitcoin public key x , y formed

n = FFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFEBAAEDCE6AF48A03BBFD25E8CD0364140 p = FFFFFFFF FFFFFFFF FFFFFFFF FFFFFFFF FFFFFFFF FFFFFFFF FFFFFFFE FFFFFC2F base point of bitcoin public key x , y Gx = ...
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How to track bitcoin wallet activity with extended public key?

I recently signed up on blockchain.info and on the manage addresses section I can see my wallet Extended Public Key (xPub). There is a warning message saying: You should only give this Extended ...
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Bitcoin adress security questions

I am trying to understand Bitcoin addresses, but it does not seem to be easy at all. As far as I know, a transaction uses one or more addresses as input and one or more addresses as output. Is this ...
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Does the private key of Bitcoin change everytime the address changes?

I have read from many sites that an address should change every time a Bitcoin transaction is made. Does the private key change along with the Bitcoin address. How is the address obtained from the ...
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Bitcoin Key Pair Algorithm

I tried Google'ing for hours to find out the exact algorithm to convert a string to Bitcoin Wallet Key Pair and couldn't find any working algorithm. I tried something like $public_key = ripemd160(...
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Why can't we switch private and public keys?

If private and public keys are performing the same task (although asymmetrically), but I mean each one can encrypt something that only the other one can decrypt, can I create a paper wallet and share ...
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How do I get my public address in Bitcoin Core?

In a world of pain at the moment. I downloaded Bitcoin Core, and before I realised I'd need the complete downloaded Blockchain, my friend transferred some coins to my address. I did some research ...
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Multiple public keys - Total received funds

If I create a new public key (Bitcoin Address) for every transaction I'm receiving, is there some way to find my total balances of my wallet/private key? And are there any downsides with creating ...
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How to generate Ed25519 public key from private key using libsodium?

Not all crypto currencies are using secp256k1 technology for keypair generation and digital signatures. Curve25519 technology (frequently used to support ECDH key exchanges) is being used by a few ...
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Why scriptPubKey is a series of commands?

I am not fully understanding the design purpose of the scriptPubKey in the transaction output. I think the tx's (say tx1 here) output could just be the receiver's public key's hash. Then when the ...
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Is that safe to expose public key to the mainnet

Because every time when someone want to spend some money under an address, he need to provide public key and sent the content to the mainnet. (Please correct me if that is not correct) Where can I ...
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Creating publicKey from random programtically in c#

I've been looking around I can't understand or find a complete explanation of how to accomplish this, I've tried multiple way even this link How do you get a Bitcoin Public Key from a Private Key ...
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Where can a table of cryptocurrencies reliant upon particular elliptic curve technologies be found?

secp256k1 Koblitz Curve - is used by Bitcoin and over 100 other altcoins to synthesize public keys; used for address generation. Curve25519 Montgomery Curve - is used by Cryptonote Technologies to ...
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Derive new public keys from a public key?

This article says you can generate new public keys from an already generated public key. How is this possible? https://bitcoinmagazine.com/articles/deterministic-wallets-advantages-flaw-1385450276 ...
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How to get the MPK using bitcoinj and how to generate the addresses using the MPK?

I am trying to get the MPK of a wallet using bitcoinj. Can I get the DeterministicSeed, which is the seed of the wallet and get the MnemonicCode of 12 words. But I can't get the MPK. As I can make it ...
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What happens to the overall value of Bitcoin when a huge amount of coin is lost?

My question is 2 part: 1. How does somebody know that a set of bitcoins is lost? Merely declaring that I've lost my private key and hence bitcoin makes the coins lost? 2. What impact(and why?) would ...
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On public keys compression, why an even or odd y coordinate corresponds to the positive / negative sign respectively?

This is a paragraph from Andreas' book on compressed/uncompressed public keys. Chapter 4 - Section - Key Formats Whereas uncompressed public keys have a prefix of 04 ,compressed public keys ...
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Cryptocurrencies based on RSA instead of ECDSA

Bitcoin is based on ECDSA. Does anyone know of cryptocurrencies based on RSA for authentication?
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How does ripple verify the signature?

As I understand, the client send the following information to server 1.the hash of the message, 2. public key 3. signature made by private key And the server verified the signature with the ...
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What is the variable valertpubkey in net.cpp for?

vAlertPubKey = ParseHex("04fc9702847840aaf195de8442ebecedf5b095cdbb9bc716bda9110971b28a49e0ead8564ff0db22209e0374782c093bb899692d524e9d6a6956e7c5ecbcd68284"); The vAlertPubKey variable can be seen ...
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Where is the public key corresponding to my address stored?

Some simplified explanations of Bitcoin say, that the Bitcoin address is the public key, and anybody can easily verify that a signed transaction is valid since it was signed with corresponding private ...
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Is there a service where you can generate public/private keys without anyone knowing? Like a tamperproof digital envelope

Is there a service where it generates a BTC address with public/private key, but no one knows it until someone pays a fee to reveal it? The idea is basically, some script or some other decentralized ...
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How to determine if a public key point y is negative or positive, odd or even?

Take a bitcoin public key (x, y) and its additive inverse (x, -y). How do you identify which is the positive point and which is the negative point? Example Private key 1 -> (x, y) x = ...
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Secret Key value for decimal versions over 127

After reviewing the address prefixes page on the wiki, I have noticed that in Bitcoin and other altcoins that the secret key / dumped private key header is always the decimal version + 128. So with a ...
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Creating a Bitcoin online wallet service

My question is this: Lets say I wanted to create a bitcoin site, where users register and can deposit bitcoins into their account. should i use my MPK to generate infinite addresses, so after a user ...
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What is the use of hashing the public key to obtain the bitcoin address?

What is the use of hashing the public key to obtain the bitcoin address (except to compress it) rather than using the public key directly? Why not deal with public keys directly?
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What is the public key used to generate the Genesis block?

I'm trying to create and build a working fork of Bitcoin -- in order to understand how it works at the source code level. I see a lot of articles explaining how to create altcoins but they are not ...
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Generate addresses without private key: Stealth addresses vs Master Public Key

In my case a store owner has different POS terminals. On none of the terminals should be a private key stored! The owner has one wallet, where he wants to get all transactions aggregated, done on the ...
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Is there a deterministic private-public keypair generator without the BIP32 private key revealing issue?

HD Wallets have a flaw that revealing a private key and its parent master public key will reveal its parent master private key. (Described here[1] and here[2]). Isn't there a similar concept with ...
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Why new public key for every new request?

I created Bitcoin accounts using different clients but all clients I tried prompt for new public key for each request. My question is shouldn't be the public key one's identity which one should be ...
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how is the private/public keypair for spent bitcoins connected to the private/public keypair which corresponds to my address?

Spending bitcoins costs me to sacrifice (i.e. can only be used once) a private/public keypair, am I right? Receiving does not use up a private/public keypair, am I right? Creating a new address also ...
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Does a private key always generate the same public key and address?

It seems like depending on the method you get different public keys and addresses when using bitcoin-ruby with the same private key. I am probably doing something wrong, but I am not sure where it is.....
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Bitcoin Testnet Trouble with bitcoin-ruby

I am having trouble with the bitcoin-ruby gem. I get the following error when trying to send money to another address I have on the test network: /var/lib/gems/2.2.0/gems/bitcoin-ruby-0.0.7/lib/...
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Is it possible to shift/modify a ECDSA keypair by a scalar where the public key can be computed using only public information?

I am looking for a method which would allow a keypair to be modified in a manner which is unpredictable to the original creator. So I was thinking a user creates a key and commits it by making a ...
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Is it possible to discover the set of bitcoin addresses from a public key?

I'm trying to find the set of bitcoin addresses from a public key associated with a user just to analyse this user transaction. Is there any way to derive/find all the addresses that have been ...
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How many unique public keys have been published to the block chain?

There have been estimates of the number of published addresses. For example: https://blockchain.info/charts/n-unique-addresses (this chart seems to be underestimating the address count) However, I'...
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Extract all public keys from blockchain [duplicate]

I want to extract all public keys from the blockchain. Those will probably mostly be keys that have been used to sign transactions. How would I do this?
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All Bitcoin Public Keys with non-zero balance

I want to get a database or otherwise retrieve a set off all bitcoin public keys (not addresses) that have non zero balances. What would be the easiest way to do that? Is there an API that could do ...