[BitTorrent] Re: Falsifying uploaded and downloaded amounts?

Michael iameatingcrackers at yahoo.com
Mon Jul 19 14:48:20 EDT 2004

Thanks for the replies.

Instead of waiting for these "bad" leecher clients to surface, maybe 
this is an area in which the standard bittorrent protocol should be 

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 

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 

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?

--- In BitTorrent at yahoogroups.com, "Mike Ravkine" <krypt at m...> wrote:
> Yes, it's very easy to falsify the transfer ammounts, it's just 
that nobody
> has yet written an application that makes defeating these 
schemes "easy" for
> the average user.
> There are already a whole bunch of trackers that attempt to enforce 
> certain up/down ratio, with penalties such as wait times on new 
torrents if
> your ratio is below a certain threshold.  I give it a few more 
months, at
> most, before authors of "bad" leecher clients incorporate an upload
> multiplier feature..
> --kRYPT
> ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: "Michael" <iameatingcrackers at y...>
> To: <BitTorrent at yahoogroups.com>
> Sent: Friday, July 09, 2004 11:19 AM
> Subject: [BitTorrent] Falsifying uploaded and downloaded amounts?
> > When a client sends their amounts that have been uploaded and
> > downloaded to a tracker, couldn't that be easily falsified?
> >
> > The reason I'm asking is because I was thinking of starting a 
> > that would somehow reward the people with the best share ratio 
> > month & ban the leechers.
> >
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> > Yahoo! Groups Links
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