release-notes-15437.md

2020-02-19

P2P and network changes

Removal of reject network messages from Bitcoin Core (BIP61)

The command line option to enable BIP61 (-enablebip61) has been removed.

This feature has been disabled by default since Bitcoin Core version 0.18.0. Nodes on the network can not generally be trusted to send valid ("reject") messages, so this should only ever be used when connected to a trusted node. Please use the recommended alternatives if you rely on this deprecated feature:

  • Testing or debugging of implementations of the Bitcoin P2P network protocol should be done by inspecting the log messages that are produced by a recent version of Bitcoin Core. Bitcoin Core logs debug messages (-debug=<category>) to a stream (-printtoconsole) or to a file (-debuglogfile=<debug.log>).

  • Testing the validity of a block can be achieved by specific RPCs:
    • submitblock
    • getblocktemplate with 'mode' set to 'proposal' for blocks with potentially invalid POW
  • Testing the validity of a transaction can be achieved by specific RPCs:
    • sendrawtransaction
    • testmempoolaccept
  • Wallets should not use the absence of "reject" messages to indicate a transaction has propagated the network, nor should wallets use "reject" messages to set transaction fees. Wallets should rather use fee estimation to determine transaction fees and set replace-by-fee if desired. Thus, they could wait until the transaction has confirmed (taking into account the fee target they set (compare the RPC estimatesmartfee)) or listen for the transaction announcement by other network peers to check for propagation.

The removal of BIP61 REJECT message support also has the following minor RPC and logging implications:

  • testmempoolaccept and sendrawtransaction no longer return the P2P REJECT code when a transaction is not accepted to the mempool. They still return the verbal reject reason.

  • Log messages that previously reported the REJECT code when a transaction was not accepted to the mempool now no longer report the REJECT code. The reason for rejection is still reported.

Updated RPCs

  • testmempoolaccept and sendrawtransaction no longer return the P2P REJECT code when a transaction is not accepted to the mempool. See the Section Removal of reject network messages from Bitcoin Core (BIP61) for details on the removal of BIP61 REJECT message support.