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September 04, 2011, 05:45:23 AM
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Currently, if an attacker gets the alert key or otherwise compromises the alert system (by breaking SHA-256, for example), he can prevent all alerts from being displayed by sending an alert with Cancel=INT_MAX.

It might be a good idea to define a special alert (maybe one with a signature but no body) that would never expire under any circumstances and would display a generic pre-written message telling the user to upgrade and not accept transactions.

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September 04, 2011, 03:33:04 PM
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I'm intrigued by this alert system. Could you point out in the code where this is? I browser the whole code base a week ago, and couldn't find anything.
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September 04, 2011, 05:57:12 PM
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I'm intrigued by this alert system. Could you point out in the code where this is? I browser the whole code base a week ago, and couldn't find anything.

Search the code for "CAlert".

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September 04, 2011, 07:47:52 PM
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:tongue in cheek:

had to be the first to ask it - but what happens if the alert alert system is compromised? Smiley  Do we need an alert alert alert system?

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September 04, 2011, 08:43:20 PM
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:tongue in cheek:

had to be the first to ask it - but what happens if the alert alert system is compromised? Smiley  Do we need an alert alert alert system?

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It would be fixed in the next version. There just needs to be a non-revocable message to tell people that they need to upgrade.

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September 04, 2011, 09:40:31 PM
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I must say this is one of the wildest things I've ever read about Bitcoin! Could someone give a short description as to how this machinery would work? Inserting a special transaction in a block, with a message signed with a special key only owned by someone (Satoshi, I assume)?
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