[BitTorrent] Re: Falsifying uploaded and downloaded amounts?

Olaf van der Spek OvdSpek at LIACS.NL
Wed Jul 21 17:26:13 EDT 2004


Michael wrote:
> Would it not be possible to have each peer submit to the tracker the 
> amount of data they have received from each peer they have downloaded 
> from?
> 
> Then a tracker could look at the share ratio that a given peer has 
> supplied compared to the data that came in from all the peers who 
> have downloaded from the given peer and attempt to find discrepancies 
> that would give away leechers using "bad" clients.
> 
> Or is it the popular opinion that this isn't an issue of any 
> importance?
> 
> Of course, with that solution, it would be possible for someone with 
> malicious intent to write a client that would be able to tell the 
> tracker they have received nothing from a certain peer.
> 
> Anyone have any thoughts?

The goal/idea is to decrease the data traffic of the tracker, not to 
increase it.


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