Gavin Adresen has provided the bitcoin community with an update related to the ongoing distributed denial of service attack (DDOS) that takes advantage of the transaction malleability issue we’ve been reported so much on these past two days.
“Somebody (or several somebodies) is taking advantage of the transaction malleability issue and relaying mutated versions of transactions,” wrote Andresen on a blog post. “This is exposing bugs in both the reference implementation and some exchange’s software.”
Users of the reference implementation who are bitten by this bug may see their bitcoins “tied up” in unconfirmed transactions; we need to update the software to fix that bug, so when they upgrade those coins are returned to the wallet and are available to spend again. Only users who make multiple transactions in a short period of time will be affected
Andresen confirms that work on these transaction malleability-related bug fixes are underway.
We (core dev team, developers at the exchanges, and even big mining pools) are creating workarounds and fixes right now,” he wrote.
No word on just when a proper workaround or fix will be in place, but we expect Andresen to update the community accordingly as developments come. Read the post on the Bitcoin Foundation’s blog here.