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November 14, 2013, 03:24:07 PM
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i have been running a random number generator for over a week, over 100 hours and hit 1 wallet with $4.13. it might take a million years to target one address but there's not just one out there.
the only thing i have not done is log the private key that had cash in it the program just keeps running. but i will be changing that soon.
Care to share the generator for analysis?


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November 14, 2013, 03:24:20 PM
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Still, there are only 2^160 possible addresses from the 2^256 pool due to RIPEMD-160.

Sorry for hijacking, but I have another newbie question.

https://en.bitcoin.it/wiki/Technical_background_of_Bitcoin_addresses

If 2 different hashes at step 2 produce the same hash at step 3 (which is theoritically possible, although very unlikely, I know)
Then the final base58 address would be the same, though the ECDSA keypair would be different.

What happens, then, if someone sends coins to this address?
I'm guessing both ECDSA key pairs would be able to spend those coins?

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November 14, 2013, 03:27:49 PM
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i have been running a random number generator for over a week, over 100 hours and hit 1 wallet with $4.13. it might take a million years to target one address but there's not just one out there.
the only thing i have not done is log the private key that had cash in it the program just keeps running. but i will be changing that soon.
Care to share the generator for analysis?

why would i do that.  

i started out thinking no way that this was going to work but then i had a hit. it might be just luck but its still running so i will wait and see.

edit its been running for 183 hours.

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November 14, 2013, 03:30:26 PM
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why would i do that.  

i started out thinking no way that this was going to work but then i had a hit. it might be just luck but its still running so i will wait and see.

edit its been running for 183 hours.
If there is some random number generator insecure, then this is seomthing that could costs people millions.
(and even worse for the unlikely case that Bitcoin addresses aren't secure enough)
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November 14, 2013, 03:33:05 PM
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why would i do that.  

i started out thinking no way that this was going to work but then i had a hit. it might be just luck but its still running so i will wait and see.

edit its been running for 183 hours.
Why? It's a potential security exploit in bitcoin. If people abuse it before it gets patched, it's over.


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November 14, 2013, 03:39:00 PM
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i have been running a random number generator for over a week, over 100 hours and hit 1 wallet with $4.13. it might take a million years to target one address but there's not just one out there.
the only thing i have not done is log the private key that had cash in it the program just keeps running. but i will be changing that soon.

If you really hit an address, please make a big post about this and let people analyse it, unless there is some bad random number stuff / low entropy stuff like brainwallet involved this should not have happened.
He just found a weak brain-wallet  Wink
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November 14, 2013, 03:42:52 PM
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He just found a weak brain-wallet  Wink
Not by using a random number generator.
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November 14, 2013, 04:13:24 PM
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He just found a weak brain-wallet  Wink
Not by using a random number generator.

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November 14, 2013, 04:31:36 PM
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He just found a weak brain-wallet  Wink
Not by using a random number generator.

no

What's the public hash of the address you found?

Even with everything that everyone says about hashes, we did get a duplicate GUID one time where I used to work.  It caused major issues but from everything we could investigate, we really did get a duplicate.  It's the only place where I have used GUIDs where it has happened, but it did happen once.

Nobody believes me and I have been called a thousand names on forums for mentioning it, but I can assure you it happened to us once.

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November 14, 2013, 04:37:47 PM
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He just found a weak brain-wallet  Wink
Not by using a random number generator.

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What's the public hash of the address you found?

Even with everything that everyone says about hashes, we did get a duplicate GUID one time where I used to work.  It caused major issues but from everything we could investigate, we really did get a duplicate.  It's the only place where I have used GUIDs where it has happened, but it did happen once.

Nobody believes me and I have been called a thousand names on forums for mentioning it, but I can assure you it happened to us once.

A SHA256 collision is billions of times less likely than duplicate GUIDs.

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November 14, 2013, 09:12:56 PM
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What happens, then, if someone sends coins to this address?
I'm guessing both ECDSA key pairs would be able to spend those coins?

Yes.

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November 14, 2013, 09:44:17 PM
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Still, there are only 2^160 possible addresses from the 2^256 pool due to RIPEMD-160.

Sorry for hijacking, but I have another newbie question.

https://en.bitcoin.it/wiki/Technical_background_of_Bitcoin_addresses

If 2 different hashes at step 2 produce the same hash at step 3 (which is theoritically possible, although very unlikely, I know)
Then the final base58 address would be the same, though the ECDSA keypair would be different.

What happens, then, if someone sends coins to this address?
I'm guessing both ECDSA key pairs would be able to spend those coins?

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November 14, 2013, 09:47:52 PM
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Even with everything that everyone says about hashes, we did get a duplicate GUID one time where I used to work.  It caused major issues but from everything we could investigate, we really did get a duplicate.  It's the only place where I have used GUIDs where it has happened, but it did happen once.

Nobody believes me and I have been called a thousand names on forums for mentioning it, but I can assure you it happened to us once.

GUID is 128 bit.  If you generated so many numbers that you had a GUID collision every second you would on average only have one 256 bit collision every 5,395,141,535,403,007,094,485,264,577,495  (for the record that is a trillion times longer than the universe has existed).
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November 14, 2013, 10:21:01 PM
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A SHA256 collision is billions of times less likely than duplicate GUIDs.

In fairness, SHA-256 isn't used to create bitcoin addresses, it's used to secure the blockchain.  The current address algo is 168 bit, IIRC; but if it ever looks to be at risk, it can be upgraded.  The first character of the address is what denotes the address version.  The primary reason that there is no 2xxx... address types yet is because there isn't really a better algo to migrate towards.

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November 14, 2013, 10:46:21 PM
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A SHA256 collision is billions of times less likely than duplicate GUIDs.

In fairness, SHA-256 isn't used to create bitcoin addresses, it's used to secure the blockchain.  The current address algo is 168 bit, IIRC; but if it ever looks to be at risk, it can be upgraded.  The first character of the address is what denotes the address version.  The primary reason that there is no 2xxx... address types yet is because there isn't really a better algo to migrate towards.

Well in fair fairness it is 160 bits; the checksum doesn't add uniqueness.   Still 160 bits is 4 billion times less likely than a 128 bit one.  The probability of a collision with a specific key (first preimage attack) is even less likely.
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November 14, 2013, 11:04:58 PM
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I'm guessing both ECDSA key pairs would be able to spend those coins?
Correct.  

Thanks!

(first preimage attack)

If you're talking about the question I asked, I think we should quit using "attack".
This is clearly not a valid nor sane way to "attack" bitcoin, as ROI would be ridiculously low compared to mining with the same processing power.

Can we just replace "first preimage attack" by something like "first preimage hazard" or something sounding even less likely?

And back on topic, There are currently just a little more than 11 millions addresses with unspent outputs.

Finding one by running a random generator looks less likely than winning national lottery 3 times in a row.

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November 14, 2013, 11:22:12 PM
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And back on topic, There are currently just a little more than 11 millions addresses with unspent outputs.

Finding one by running a random generator looks less likely than winning national lottery 3 times in a row.

And currently there are only just over 11 million BTC in circulation, so the average address has about 1 BTC.  If the odds of such a thing occuring to you, by random bad luck or otherwise, simply divide your massive bitcoin wealth up into a few addresses.

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November 15, 2013, 02:32:50 PM
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And back on topic, There are currently just a little more than 11 millions addresses with unspent outputs.

Finding one by running a random generator looks less likely than winning national lottery 3 times in a row.

And currently there are only just over 11 million BTC in circulation, so the average address has about 1 BTC.  If the odds of such a thing occuring to you, by random bad luck or otherwise, simply divide your massive bitcoin wealth up into a few addresses.
Not correct. If you take out of the equation top ~10 addresses, the per address amount for the remaining ones is much less.


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And back on topic, There are currently just a little more than 11 millions addresses with unspent outputs.

Finding one by running a random generator looks less likely than winning national lottery 3 times in a row.

And currently there are only just over 11 million BTC in circulation, so the average address has about 1 BTC.  If the odds of such a thing occuring to you, by random bad luck or otherwise, simply divide your massive bitcoin wealth up into a few addresses.
Not correct. If you take out of the equation top ~10 addresses, the per address amount for the remaining ones is much less.

But I did not take the top anything addresses out of the equation, so the average win should an address collision ever succeed would be 1 BTC right now.  If someone is trying to collide with one of those top 10 addresses in particular, then the odds are nominally zero before the heat death of the known universe.

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November 15, 2013, 10:42:46 PM
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But I did not take the top anything addresses out of the equation, so the average win should an address collision ever succeed would be 1 BTC right now.  If someone is trying to collide with one of those top 10 addresses in particular, then the odds are nominally zero before the heat death of the known universe.
Okay then, mister heat death.


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