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What are the characteristics of the ideal digital signature for cryptocurrency transaction verification?

The reason I ask is because this answer about bitcoin signatures describes a potential vulnerability which makes this particular use of ECDSA sub-optimal with a possible solution in the comments.

I understand that the ideal characteristics may be currently impossible, such as being collisionless, or even worse forever contradictory but would like to know to understand this particular application of digital signatures.

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The problem with ECDSA is not related to what is signed with ECDSA; the need for a thoroughly random k parameter for each signature applies regardless of whether the signature is for a crypto-currency or an email or a digital certificate or whatever.

ECDSA, as a digital signature scheme, is quite reasonable. It is efficient (faster than RSA), its signature are short (shorter than RSA), it has been studied for quite a long time. The need for randomness is an important issue, but solutions exist. In any case, it can be viewed as an implementation issue; and modern computers (including smartphones) have access to all the needed randomness. If only the code is written properly.

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