Bitcoin Core v0.12 Features Tor Support And Removes OpenSSL Signatures

By January 17, 2016Bitcoin Tech

A new version of the Bitcoin Core client has been released, which includes some minor changes and a reduction in upload traffic. With the current block size debate still going for many months now, any move in the right direction will help put Bitcoin back on track for recovery. All users are advised to upgrade to the new version as soon as possible.

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TheMerkle_Bitcoin Core Release As is the case with any major release of the Bitcoin Core client, updating sooner rather than later is the right course of action. This new release includes a fair few changes, although most users might not experience the full effect of these updates any time soon. One of the most notable changes in the option to use Tor services for added privacy and anonymity.

Replacement transactions may sound like an abomination in the Bitcoin world, but rest assured they cannot be used freely. There is one major prerequisite to deploying a replacement transaction, which comes in the form of paying a sufficient fee. Furthermore, this option will only work if the transaction to be replaced matches a specific set of input numbers.

Transaction signatures had been previously signed through the OpenSSL protocol, but a major change has been made in this regard as well. By integrating libsecp256k1 , raw signatures validation will receive a major boost. This change was made after a long series of testing and validating libsecp256k1.

Perhaps the most interesting change comes in the form of integrating Tor support in the Bitcoin Core client. Users will now have the option to run hidden services through which Bitcoin Core can listen on if Tor is running in the background. Additionally, this change will […]

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