[messaging] Do Blockchains solve Zooko's triangle? (was: Another Take At Public Key Distribution)

Tao Effect contact at taoeffect.com
Thu Jul 23 17:22:04 PDT 2015


Let’s stick to Zooko’s triangle for now, as it is not the same thing as CAP, and I disagree with your assertions regarding it. We can discuss CAP off list if you want.

Going with the Security edge of the triangle, you assert:

> So it's possible to MitM name registration


> exploit the split brain/partitioned state of the network to claim a name on someone else's behalf


> and trick people who are trying to look up keys by a human meaningful name into accepting an attacker's key.


Please describe the attack you have in mind in detail. I believe we’ve already argued about the blockchain a bunch (on [metzdowd]), I hope this is not a rehash of those arguments.


Please do not email me anything that you are not comfortable also sharing with the NSA.
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