Questions tagged [public-key]

This tag should be used for questions regarding public keys. A public key is the public half of the public/private keypair. Anyone can use a public key check that a signature is correct, but they can't generate the signature themselves with the public key.

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Nothing-Up-My-Sleeve BTC Addresses [duplicate]

I've been researching some crypto related concepts and came across "Nothing-Up-My-Sleeve Numbers" and from what I understand I can generated a Bitcoin address that basically comes with an ...
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What are the ways to obtain public key of a wallet with no outputs

I was wondering if there is a way to obtain public key of a public address where the address does not have any output transaction
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Why can't bitcoin be stolen in the following manner? [duplicate]

Assume I'm a miner. I would have the complete UTXO set with me. Let us say I try generating random keys and hash the public keys generated and compare it with the utxo set until I find a match. When I ...
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Y coordinate of PubKey on elliptic curve prefix

Public keys in the form of 04[x,y] can be compressed since the x axis is symmetrical. Hence we only need the x-coordinate with the 02/03 prefix which states if Y is odd or even. I don't understand the ...
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Are a new set of keys created for each UTXO, or can multiple UTXOs be locked by the same PubKey?

I understand that each transaction, new pairs of keys are generated, usually derived from a master key say in an HD wallet. If your change for a transaction or received BTC Is in multiple UTXOs, are ...
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How to sync AirGap Vault with its Wallet

How long does it take to sync AirGap Vault/Wallet together and does the syncing process require internet? And is it possible to sync Airgap Vault with electrum wallet?
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Why these 2 pubkeys start equal?

I generated a seed into my coldcard, wrote down its pubkey: xpubABCDEFGHIKL--------------------------------------------------- then I erased everything and generated a new seed, and wrote down its ...
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Is it possible to find additional key pairs resulting in the same address that I already control?

I'm not really well versed in the necessary terminology to get the answer I need from searching. As I understand, there are 2^160 possible addresses, and 2^256 possible private keys, so each address ...
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What is extended master key fingerprint on coldcard?

On coldcard on Advanced -> View Identity, there's extended master key fingerprint I though this was the xpub from my seed, but even after I changed seeds, it remained the same. What is it?
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Can you get the seed phrase of a HD wallet from the private key of one of the wallets?

Let us say I have a HD wallet. Can I get it’s seed phrase from the private key of one of its wallets? Also are seed phrases just easy to remember private keys? If so does that mean that from the seed ...
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Orderly Transition Away from ECC? Or Bitcoin to zero?

Let's say asymmetric public key cryptography is wide open, and can be broken using a public key or the signature. Namely, that I can determine the private key using the information revealed in a ...
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How do you generate a Bitcoin wallet by hand?

I am interested in the exact process for generating the various components of a Bitcoin wallet by hand. Specifically, the components I'm interested in are: Private Key Public Key Public Key Hash ...
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public key from private key math

Please guide me if following is the actual math to drive public key from a private key then how would this apply to generate public key from private key 1 please guide me step by step Private keys and ...
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I bought bitcoin years ago and now the website that I bought from is unavailable!

I bought bitcoin years ago and now the website that I bought from is unavailable! I only have a key that I don't even know whether it's a public key or a private key or some useless key generated by ...
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Safe way to create a mnemonic and address in golang

I have been looking over internet in the different repos of btcsuite but had no luck in finding a way to generate a 12 word mnemonic and convert this to an address using the go language. It needs also ...
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How do I restore the public key?

Let say, I create wallet and have two public key and one private key. And I remove the first public key from the wallet. Can I restore and use my first key again? Or it's removed at all. Sorry for the ...
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How do many public keys correspond to one private key?

I have read online that hardware wallets can generate new public keys to facilitate transactions. Ie if someone has BTC on an exchange and they want to send that BTC in different installments to a ...
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Libbitcoin How to generate addresses on demand from xpub?

Well, I am really new to this. Just installed libbitcoin and I am reading trough the wiki and everything. Could someone really quick hint me how to generate addresses whenever I want from xpub that ...
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How Create Bitcoin wallet from a private key works?

I'm trying to understand how i can create a pair of bitcoin private key and public key with : https://github.com/Destiner/blocksmith for example : import blocksmith kg = blocksmith.KeyGenerator() ...
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Bitcoin creating wallet without seeing private key

I would like to create a Bitcoin paper wallet for a friend. However, I know that I should not have the private key as well. Is it possible to create a wallet but where I only have the public key and ...
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Bitcoin public key — why do we have a compressed and uncompressed version?

My understanding is that the public key can start with 04 if it's uncompressed, or 02 or 03 if it's compressed. What's the purpose of this? It appears that you'd have greater entropy if it's ...
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Does the protocol ensure that pair keys wallet are unique? [duplicate]

What mechanism for proof unique pair keys (public key and private key) when creating a wallet with several sources(such as "wallet.btc.com", "wallet.bitcoin.com", "www....
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Why aren't public-private keys sufficient to build a block chain? Why do we need proof of work/stake?

Taking the simple case of Bitcoin here: If all nodes can validate published transactions by checking the signature (created using the private key of the sender) of the transaction against the public ...
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Retrieving a WIF bits private key

Suppose I have a Wif private key from Electrum 4.0.9: L2pt3eVopnxfBBvMwrJV2saZeAyQfF77UQSH5WGj5q9LBS6WWBmN ( this one or the other generated from the seed is non used of course ) with a corresponding ...
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Cryptocurrency Wallet 3rd party access

Do Crypto wallets such as Exodus etc have something like an API? For example is it possible to perform a cryptocurrency transaction directly from the web browser client (using the specified amount and ...
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How to convert xpub ypub and zpub in Ruby

I'm looking to convert a Bitcoin extended public key from one format to another in Ruby. In JS I've found https://github.com/jlopp/xpub-converter/blob/master/js/xpubConvert.js and Python https://...
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Coinbase missing Bitcoin [duplicate]

So someone sent me Bitcoin cash but the sender did not tell me it was Bitcoin cash. So I sent a Bitcoin address. I use Coinbase. Is my money lost? I can’t seem to get a private key or a public key ...
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How to retrieve a public key from all types of transaction?

Is there a way to get sender's public key based only on the raw transaction data no matter the P2... type?
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what is math behind elliptic curve? (duplicate) [duplicate]

I have seen many videos regarding the math behind the bitcoin elliptical curve but none of them showing the public key generation they are just defining few steps. i need complete math behind the ...
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Public Key in Use Verification

This may be a bad question, but I am just getting started and you have to start somewhere. I have seen it discussed that generating the same public key as someone else is theoretically possible but ...
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What is the math behind Bitcoin's elliptic curve?

I have seen many videos regarding the math behind the bitcoin elliptical curve but none of them show the public key generation. They are just defining few steps. I need the complete math behind the ...
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Is there a simple python script for xpub generation from private key

I need a python script to verify, in an air gapped system, that my 24-word (or 12-word) mnemonic seed indeed generates the xpub that my wallet is showing me. Is there a simple script that does that, ...
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Is there a service that shows up used addresses containing a substring?

Is there a service that searches the blockchain with a string or possibly a regex to find out a set of possible addresses, say if I only know a half of a public address?
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need help generate single publickey on cuda device

I am trying to generate a public key from a hash on a cuda device. I couldn't find a ready source for that task. So I want to try to modify/ create a new function for this task. the source code I want ...
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import multisig wallet into bitcoin core, Vpub keys are not valid. how to?

I'm trying to import an HD multisig wallet created with Electrum into Bitcoin core v0.21.0.0. I managed to do so with the fantastic cryptoadvance.specter server, but I also would like to import it ...
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secp256k1 recovery id and how does the code work

Here I have some questions regarding the recovery id (recid) defined in secp256k1 implementation. I had found few posts about how the recid is defined and what does it mean, also the source code (...
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Public key Exceeding Mod P? A Clarification Request On The Discrete Logarithm Problem

I tried to observe / implement the discrete logarithm problem but I noticed something about it; but before I get into it let me give some clarification which is open to correction. a = b^x mod P ...
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Has a spend from a hybrid public key ever made it to the blockchain?

If so, could you please give the TXID of a transaction that spends from a hybrid public key?
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I need help with an bitcoin open book exam

I am completely new to bitcoin and by extension cryptocurrency, but I am slowly getting my head around certain things. My problem is I am currently doing an open book exam and I am free to use any ...
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Aren't the Bitcoin receive addresses the public keys?

These public keys are easy enough for anyone to obtain from a Bitcoin address. Source: https://youtu.be/h7baD335hCw?t=598 ... What? Aren't the receive addresses in fact the "public keys"?
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HD Wallet with BIP44 - workaround of deriving public keys knowing only a xpub

My goal: I don't want to require a private key to hierarchically derive new addresses. Sure, I can create a batch of addresses, given a private key, at first. But once I have surpassed that batch I'll ...
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Is it possible to know if the result of 2 point subtraction is before or after G

I am trying to see if there is a way to see if subtraction of 2 points on the elliptical curve resulted in a point before or after G?. Let me explain what I mean by it. Let's take a point GP. Using ...
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Retrieving an addresses' public key from Pkscript/sigscript/witness

Let's use this transaction as an example. In the transcation, address 3GGoy8NoCF62TCAPGidWMU3u1ZrgwmasFt has a pkscript, a sigscript and a witness. It is possible to use any one of these, or some ...
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Need help with xpub bib32/bib44

I might just have had a major screw up. I created a bitcoin wallet with Electrum (bip32 standard). I then used the xpub key (extended public key) to generate payment addresses in my online store. It ...
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How can be proven that a signature is valid with it's public key

If someone wants to make a transaction, they need to sign the transaction data with their private key. For example Sign(transactionData, privateKey) creates the signature. What is exactly this Sign ...
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How did they generate these vanity addresses with 27 predetermined characters?

A while ago, I read some news about a huge transaction on the Bitcoin blockchain. The first few addresses used were apparently created with some kind of vanity address generator. One example is ...
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How to change the field of the elliptic curve to the new value N while keeping the default Secp256k1 parameters?

I want to change the margin of the elliptic curve to the new N value, while doing so I want to keep the parameters Standard G-point Generator Secp256k1 that is, I want to replace: N = ...
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Is there any available way to discover/find the public key of a specific address?

Is there any way to discover/ find out the public key of a specific bitcoin address? If not, are there any available tools online to help find the public key of a specific bitcoin address?
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Is the `addmultisignature` API call dependent on order of public keys in the array? Or is it lexicographically sorted?

Say Alice and Bob are part of a partnership business that accepts Bitcoin. They store all their main funds in cold storage until the end of 3 months, when they cash out and use a new address. This ...
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Public key management

There is something i am not sure to understand on bitcoin private/public keys and addresses. A new bitcoin user "U" first generates a private key. He can compute several public keys from ...

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