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Re: [Bitcoin-development] Sending Bitcoins using RSA keys

From: Melvin Carvalho <melvincarvalho@gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 27 Apr 2013 16:14:42 +0200
Message-ID: <CAKaEYhJPZQW1vTg=8ej6XR5Q=VMnBMPBcu3aEvaQXtoEQ5CbTA@mail.gmail.com>
To: Craig B Agricola <craig@theagricolas.org>
Cc: public-rww <public-rww@w3.org>, Web Payments <public-webpayments@w3.org>, Bitcoin Dev <bitcoin-development@lists.sourceforge.net>
On 24 April 2013 16:46, Craig B Agricola <craig@theagricolas.org> wrote:

> Maybe I'm missing something crucial, but what benefit does this dance give
> over
> the slightly more obvious mechanism of simply:
> 1) Alice generates a new address with her bitcoin client and sends the BTC
> to
>    this new address
> 2) Alice exports the private key for that address (there is a well
> supported
>    format for that)
> 3) Alice writes a nice email to Bob, including that exported private key
> 4) Alice encrypts the email with Bob's public key using GPG and sends it
> to him
>    by email
> 5) Bob decrypts the email
> 6) Bob imports the private key into his wallet
>

Yes this works too.

However is it dependent on the bitcoin client address generation algorithm?

I think what I'm trying to describe is something more akin to the way a
shared secret is generated by TLS.

Agree, that the wallet is also shared, ive not yet worked out a way to
'blind' one side of the wallet, but nor have a proved it's impossible, so
still working onthat :)


>
> There's no need for sending a whole wallet; just the one key is needed.
>  Every
> bit of infrastructure needed above already exists.  And of course, the
> above
> has the same issue as your proposal; this is a way for two trusting
> parties to
> send BTC without using the Bitcoin network, but it's not a payment
> mechanism.
> They now share control of an address; whoever spends that BTC first wins,
> so
> until Bob uses the Bitcoin network to spend that BTC to another address
> that
> only he controls, it's still in joint custody.  And if ensuring that he has
> control of the BTC is the last (implicit) step in the procedure above, as
> well
> as yours, then they might as well have simply used the Bitcoin network to
> do
> the transfer in the first place.
>
> Did I miss the point entirely?
>

Perhaps I've not described the problem statement as clearly as I could,
I'll work on it.  Essentially it's an automated way to bootstrap the RSA
key community together with bitcoin.  e.g. 99% of GPG users probably dont
have a bitcion wallet or address or client.  I think maybe a user story
will help.


>
>  -Craig
>
> PS. Re-reading, I realize that the above might come off sounding snarky or
>     dismissive; it's not intended that way.  I'm wondering if I'm missing
> the
>     big picture.
>

Not snarky at all!  Appreciate the feedback...


>
> On Wed, Apr 24, 2013 at 04:18:38PM +0200, Melvin Carvalho wrote:
> > So there's a slight world divide in digital payments with bitcoin using
> > ECDSA and GPG, payswarm / webid etc using largely RSA
> >
> > Here's how to bring the two worlds together and enable bitcoins be sent
> > over webid or payswarm
> >
> >
> > Problem: Alice and Bob have RSA key pairs, but no public bitcoin
> > addresses.  Alice wants to send 1 BTC to Bob.
> >
> > 1. Alice takes Bob's WebID and encrpyts it with her private key (to
> create
> > entropy) ...
> >
> > 2. Alice uses that message as the seed to produce btc address (as per
> > http://brainwallet.org ) with ECDSA key pair
> >
> > 3. Alice sends coins to this address
> >
> > 4. Alice and then encrypts the seed again with Bob's public key
> >
> > 5. Bob decrypts the seed using his private key
> >
> > 6. Bob can now use the seed to recreate the wallet and spend the coins
> >
> > Unless I've made an error, I believe this unites the web paradigm and
> > crypto currency paradigm into one potentially giant eco system ...
>
> >
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