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How long would it take for all the Bitcoin Key pairs to be calculated?

Is this even something one should be worried about?
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Why one miner can dig out many blocks continually in one moment?

I am new to bitcoin and blockchain, I browed the website just now. There is a question confusing me, I find that one miner dig out blocks many times even in one hour. For example, this miner dig out ...
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How could PSBT deal with data capacity limit of QR code?

QR code has very limited data capacity. (According to Wikipedia) one single QR code can only carry <3KB of binary data. It's not rare for a PSBT to hit this 3KB limit, especially for ones which ...
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Implement Bitcoin on my platform? [on hold]

I want users to deposit/withdraw funds from my platform. All deposits should go to my cold wallet and withdrawals will be done manually. Users have to buy/sell services inside my platform, but the ...
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Address Reuse issue

I dont understand how security works with multiple address using. I am trying to guess how security works here but need some feedback, so here are a few questions, and my own guesses. If I have total ...
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Race attack with transaction fees

let's say I run a simple race attack (say in a restaurant). I transfer BTC to the restaurant but seconds before (or after) I send the very same coins to myself. To make this deal more likely for ...
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Why can't a longer key combat quantum computers?

Google's new quantum computer performed a calculation in 3.5 minutes that would have taken 10,000 years on a normal computer (so they claim: https://www.space.com/quantum-computer-milestone-supremacy....
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How can someone lose funds in Lightning Network?

In Bitcoin once you own a private key associated with an address that had bitcoins on it, your funds are theoretically safe for ever. But on the Lightning Network, I see that once you send bitcoin to ...
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How can I protect my funds in the event a quantum computer breaks the ECDLP that Bitcoin relies on?

An interesting question was posted recently, discussing the idea of hashed addresses being (not meaningfully) quantum resistant. As Andrew's answer on that question points out, paying to a hashed ...
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Whose to stop the coinbase devs from just draining all accounts and running of with the money?

I have been wondering, what would happen if the coinbase developers agree to drain all the funds of all their accounts and run off into hiding? Its not like anybody will be able stop them or return ...
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Can a blockchain's transactions be reversed?

Blockchains are often described as 'immutable' (meaning the history cannot be rewritten after the fact), but is this really true? How easy is it to change the history? I have read about the Etheruem ...
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Can two bitcoin transactions from a Segwit address (p2sh-p2wpkh) have a reused R value?

Good day. I'd found these two transactions: https://www.blockchain.com/es/btc/tx/2b08d658045724aba40b58690ad84ec2af1f01ab58df37387dadd2b27789f44c and https://www.blockchain.com/es/btc/tx/...
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Could a malicious attacker subvert the Bitcoin network by failing to create a block?

I know its astronomically improbable, but say a malicious node "wins" the proof of work inherent to the Bitcoin protocol. If a malicious node simply waited indefinitely, or maliciously disconnected ...
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Is the 51% attack the only technical reason no country will adopt Bitcoin as a state currency?

Is the 51% attack the only technical reason no country will adopt Bitcoin as a state currency? Lets suppose a country with GDP size less than 300 Billion USD adopt the Bitcoin as an official currency. ...
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How the blockchain knows that its been tampered with?

I know that the transactions stay in the block and hashed alongside few other things and that hash is stored in the next block. And I understand that if you try to tamper with one of the transactions, ...
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Beneficial proofs of work [duplicate]

I'm new to this community and a Bitcoin novice. I believe to have understood the concept and purpose of proof of work but also, that the high energy consumption of proofs of work is a major problem ...
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BIP32 HD Wallet vs HMAC vs Hashing

I've been working on a website which will be caring out various cryptographic operations. On the website users can post Ads. Each Ad has a monotonically increasing unique ID. For each Ad, I would like ...
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Why is no security lost by using 32-byte public keys in Schnorr signatures instead of 33?

There is currently a discussion on the mailing list about truncating the 33rd byte from public keys when used in bip-schnorr. Public keys are (x, y) coordinates and compressed public keys simply ...
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Why doesn't the Bitcoin-qt client ask for the Wallet passphrase upon startup?

I've just encrypted my wallet.dat file using the "Settings -> Encrypt Wallet" menu option. I then closed the client and re-opened it. I was expecting to be prompted to put in the wallet password ...
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Organization to keep track of wrongfully obtained bitcoins

I am curious whether there are any organizations that are actively trying to monitor bitcoins from illegal sources. I understand that 'when done properly' you can make bitcoins practically ...
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Prove that xpub matches xprv?

I'm researching a paper wallet system where I generate an HD xpub/xprv using an offline laptop. I write down the xprv by hand. I capture the xpub via QR code using my phone, to transfer to an online ...
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Wallet recovery from seed phrase [duplicate]

How does a wallet become recovered based on a seed phrase? From what I understand, the seed phrase is another way of representing the private/public keys. Since address reuse is frowned upon, and we ...
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What are the potential security issues when running a Lightning Node on my home network?

If I was to run a lightning node on my home network (and for example, not running the node through TOR), what should I worry about? Furthermore, what OS, settings and software should I use to ...
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What makes Bitcoin transaction secure against attackers/hackers?

Wanted to know what is it that makes bitcoin transaction secure and make it less vulnerable to attackers and hackers
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To what extent does asymmetric cryptography secure bitcoin transactions?

Is there a specific attack or bug which asymmetric cryptography prevents during bitcoin transactions?
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Possibility of a DDoS attack

Theoretically. This is not a mechanism of any kind of attack, but It's about the "lost" coins. May be. It is just for an educational experiment. What if someone has the ability to send transactions ...
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How do I find out where a bitcoin address is from?

I am not looking necessarily a name but more like is it an offline, coinbase, blockchain.com, etc... I had $80 sent from my account yesterday and it says it went to ...
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Does assumevalid lower the security of Bitcoin?

Bitcoin's assumption was to download the blocks and verify it in order to prevent getting fooled. But by default, the assumevalid option is enabled in the software, which, as I understand it, makes ...
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Is this a collision attack or a 2nd-preimage attack?

This question revolves around Bitcoin Optech newsletter #51 (1) and an email thread from the bitcoin-dev mailing list (2). I asked the same question in a reply-email of the newsletter and the response ...
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Long term BTC investing

my question is, what is the safest way of buying and holding bitcoin for the long term? And I mean 10-20 years, either a lump sum or through dollar cost averaging, is a paper wallet the answer? Or ...
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How many nodes is too many?

Has anyone done the math on this? For example, if we had 10’s of millions of nodes all connecting to 8 peers would there be some latency issues in propagating blocks across the network in the 10 ...
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Is it possible to separate blockchain and wallet functions?

I'm looking for a way to use bitcoin-core in monero-way (It uses separate blockchain daemon and wallet daemon). I'd like to run bitcoin-qt interface on my laptop and connect to external node with ...
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51% attack - apparently very easy? refering to CZ's “rollback btc chain” - How to make sure such corruptible scenario can never happen so easily?

I was shocked to see binance CZ comment to literally "roll back" the bitcoin chain by just "calling" in some favors from "friendly" Asian miners . This ONE person could effectively do it??? I mean ...
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How much of the Bitcoin Source code is untouchable? [CVE-2018–17144]

My understanding is that CVE-2018–17144 (inflation bug introduced in 0.15) was partially a result of how convoluted the original code is. Regardless of the specific CVE-2018–17144 example, are there ...
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Bitcoin scam artist

A guy I have been talking to says he is having trouble accessing his account and asked me to make a wallet in blockchain and then wants my login, password, and wallet id so he can use it in another ...
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What’s the purpose of checking for input overflow?

Everyone knows this famous fix for block 74638 which still exists in other files. But there’s something I can’t understand, why check for inputs overflow since it’s not possible to have enough utxo ...
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Does Bitcoin security rely on the assumption of nearly continuous transactions? [duplicate]

So for an attacker not to overcome good nodes, I believe we rely on the fact that blocks are always being produced, making the attacker essentially outpaced. But in the extreme and ridiculously ...
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Automatically close the bitcoin-qt when enable SSL for RPC

I Just try to enable SSL for bitcoin-qt RPC call. I follow the SSL on RPC link to archive my target. But I am getting the following error and close the bitcoin-qt automatically. I am using the ...
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How does the Blockchain detect a cheater, who manipulates the blockchain?

Let's assume we have 100 blocks. One miner x has the intention to manipulate block 90. So he has to recalculate the hash for block 90. Following he also has to recalculate the hashes for block 91-100. ...
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Malicious full nodes causing denial of service attacks

To control >51% of the mining power in bitcoin is impractical due to the immense investment that will be required. Also, The Bitcoin Core client has DoS protection against malicious nodes forwarding a ...
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secure Multi-Party Computation (sMPC) in Enigma?

In Enigma whitepaper (>> Link to the Enigma paper <<), in section 5.1 "Overview of secure multi-party computation", page 4, explains how to divide a secret s into multiple shares, using ...
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Private key generation doubt

I read that the private key pk has to be any number between 1 and n, where n is almost 10^77. Since pk' s function is practically to be used as a scalar for multiplying the generator point G, why does ...
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Are transactions with the same ScriptSig a security problem?

For instance while looking at the transaction stack of my address, tracing it to exchanges I use, I came across this: https://www.blockchain.com/btc/tx/...
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Are lightweight LN wallets vulnerable to transaction withholding?

As far as I know, LN requires the user to watch the blockchain in order to perform penalty in time. However, running full node is probably a heavy burden to some users, especially to mobile phones. I ...
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Security of ChaChaPoly (IETF rfc7539) in the noise protocol framework of the Lightning Network

According to this paper ChaChaPoly is secure against chosen known plaintext attacks. I wonder however if that security assumption is weakened by a lot since messages sent on the transport layer of the ...
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Why was noise XK fundamental pattern chosen in the transport layer (BOLT 08) of the lightning network

I am currently reviewing the transport layer of the Lightning network protocol. It builds on top of the noise protocol framework handshake patterns. What I don't get: Why was the fundamental pattern ...
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Why is the length of the transport messages on the lightning network encrypted?

From BOLT 08 we can see that every message is sent in the following way: 2 byte: length 16 byte: MAC [length] byte: Encrypted message 16 byte: MAC In reality these messages will be send over TCP/...
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Does MuSig have the same security as 2-2 multisig?

Disclaimer: This question is of theoretical importance to me trying to educate myself better on cryptographic principles and signature schemes. I don't intend to imply that in practice schnorr ...
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How may bitcoins hash algorithm be secured in the future from quantum computing brute forcing?

Other threads already answer very clearly that quantum comps could easily "break" /attack bitcoins chain. Now: Are there any ideas among the bitcoin devs circulating out there, how to save bitcoin ...
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If a bitcoin wallet service provider terminates a users account, what happens to the funds?

A friend of mine has/had a bitcoin wallet service provided by an online marketplace. Sounds like he had some kind of disagreement with the site administrators and they terminated his account. At that ...