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The aim of this Request for Comment (RFC) is to describe ways we can block replay attacks related to one-sided payments using TariScript.
Replay attacks are "replaying" old messages to deceive the receiver about the message's authenticity. With TariScript, a vulnerability exists where a replay attack can occur under certain conditions, even with the current consensus rules.
For this attack to work, we need Alice and Charlie to collude to steal some of Bob's funds:
- Alice sends a one-sided transaction to Bob.
- Bob spends this UTXO to Charlie.
- Bob has to spend this and only this UTXO alone to Charlie with zero change.
- Alice sends a new one-sided transaction to Bob, creating the exact same output as before
- Alice shares the Blinding factor of the UTXO with Charlie
- Charlie can now claim this UTXO by replaying his old transaction
- Charlie has the signatures to spend the scripts, sign for the changes, etc.
- Because the previous transaction contains no other inputs, Charlie only has to provide signatures for this one UTXO.
- Because there is no change UTXO, Charlie has the keys for all the outputs in the transactions and can thus add another transaction or input /output to make sure the kernel excess signature is unique.
This does not work if Bob includes another UTXO in the transaction to Charlie due to the script offset. Although Charlie has the blinding factor, for the one UTXO, he does not have the script offset. Charlie can create a new kernel signature unique for blockchain consensus with the blinding factor. Still, because the script offset needs to balance as well, and he does not know the private keys for this, he needs to use this as is, meaning he needs to use an exact copy of the transaction. If the transaction includes any UTXO that he does not know the blinding factor of, he cannot create a new kernel excess signature. Meaning it won't pass consensus rules.
This is a very niche attack that will only be useful under certain circumstances, but never less still needs to be addressed.
If we require as part of the script signature challenge that we sign the mined block height of that UTXO, it will ensure that Charlie cannot replay the signatures that Bob provided on the Input to spend the output, as each duplicate commitment will have its own block height. This is ensured as we currently have a limit that a commitment must be unique in the unspent set.
- Does not require any more on-chain information
- Reorged transactions cannot be put back in if the inputs are now spent at different heights
Alice cannot send the same one-sided UTXO to Bob if we require the commitment to be globally unique. This does mean that pruned nodes needs to track the spent TXO set's commitment and the UTXO set.
- Safely reorg transactions
- Pruned node needs to save extra data about the spent set.
- Syncing pruned nodes need to provide extra info to ensure that the downloaded list of commitments is correct
- Without requiring extra information in the header, pruned nodes need to download the entire TXO set and compare this to the output_mmr root.
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