This week’s newsletter shares the announcement of an upcoming research event and includes our regular sections summarizing significant updates to various service and client software, announcing new software releases and release candidates, and describing recent changes to popular infrastructure software.


  • Bitcoin research event: Sergi Delgado Segura and Clara Shikhelman posted to the Bitcoin-Dev and Lightning-Dev mailing lists to announce a Bitcoin Research Day event to be held in New York City on October 27th. It will be an in-person event with talks from a number of well-known Bitcoin researchers. Reservations are required and some short (5 minute) presentation slots were still available as of the posting.

Changes to services and client software

In this monthly feature, we highlight interesting updates to Bitcoin wallets and services.

  • Bitcoin-like Script Symbolic Tracer (B’SST) released: B’SST is a Bitcoin and Elements script analysis tool that provides feedback on scripts including “conditions that the script enforces, possible failures, possible values for data”.

  • STARK header chain verifier demo: The ZeroSync project announced a demo and repository using STARKs to prove and verify a chain of Bitcoin block headers.

  • JoinMarket v0.9.10 released: The v0.9.10 release adds RBF support for non-coinjoin transactions and fee estimation updates, among other improvements.

  • BitBox adds miniscript: The latest BitBox02 firmware adds miniscript support in addition to a security fix and usability enhancements.

  • Machankura announces additive batching feature: Bitcoin service provider Machankura has announced a beta feature that supports additive batching using RBF in a taproot wallet that has a FROST threshold spending condition.

  • SimLN Lightning simulation tool: SimLN is a simulation tool for LN researchers and protocol/application developers that generates realistic LN payment activity. SimLN supports LND and CLN with work on Eclair and LDK-Node in progress.

Releases and release candidates

New releases and release candidates for popular Bitcoin infrastructure projects. Please consider upgrading to new releases or helping to test release candidates.

  • Core Lightning 23.08.1 is a maintenance release that includes several bug fixes.

  • LND v0.17.0-beta.rc4 is a release candidate for the next major version of this popular LN node implementation. A major new experimental feature planned for this release, which could likely benefit from testing, is support for “simple taproot channels”.

Notable code and documentation changes

Notable changes this week in Bitcoin Core, Core Lightning, Eclair, LDK, LND, libsecp256k1, Hardware Wallet Interface (HWI), Rust Bitcoin, BTCPay Server, BDK, Bitcoin Improvement Proposals (BIPs), Lightning BOLTs, and Bitcoin Inquisition.

  • Bitcoin Core #26152 builds upon a previously added interface (see Newsletter #252) to pay for any fee deficit in the inputs selected to be included in a transaction. A fee deficit occurs when the wallet must select UTXOs with unconfirmed ancestors that pay low feerates. In order for the user’s transaction to pay the user’s selected feerate, the transaction must pay a fee high enough to pay for both its low-feerate unconfirmed ancestors and itself. In short, this PR ensures that a user who chooses a feerate—setting a priority that will affect when the transaction confirms—will actually receive that priority even if the wallet must spend unconfirmed UTXOs. All other wallets we’re aware of can only guarantee a certain feerate-based priority if they only spend confirmed UTXOs. See also Newsletter #229 for the summary of a Bitcoin Core PR Review Club meeting about this PR.

  • Bitcoin Core #28414 updates the walletprocesspsbt RPC to include a complete serialized transaction (in hex) if the wallet processing step resulted in a ready-to-broadcast transaction. This saves the user the step of calling finalizepsbt on an already-final PSBT.

  • Bitcoin Core #28448 deprecates the rpcserialversion (RPC serialization version) configuration parameter. This option was introduced during the transition to v0 segwit to allow older programs to continue to access blocks and transactions in stripped format (without any segwit fields). At this point, all programs should be updated to handle segwit transactions and this option should no longer be needed, although it can be temporarily re-enabled as a deprecated API as described in the release notes added by the PR.

  • Bitcoin Core #28196 adds a substantial portion of the code necessary to support the v2 transport protocol as specified in BIP324 along with extensive fuzz testing of the code. This does not enable any new features but reduces the amount of code that will need to be added to enable those features in future PRs.

  • Eclair #2743 adds a bumpforceclose RPC that will manually tell the node to spend the anchor output from a channel to CPFP fee bump a commitment transaction. Eclair nodes provide automatic fee bumping when necessary, but this allows an operator to manually access the same ability.

  • LDK #2176 increases the precision with which LDK attempts to probabilistically guess the amount of liquidity available in distant channels it has attempted to route payments through. The precision went as low as 0.01500 BTC in a 1.00000 BTC channel; the new precision tracks down to about 0.00006 BTC in the same-sized channel. This may slightly increase the time it takes to find a path for a payment, but tests indicate there is no major difference.

  • LDK #2413 supports sending payments to blinded paths and allows receiving payments to paths where a single final hop is hidden (blinded) from the spender. PR #2514, also merged this week, provides other support for blinded payments in LDK.

  • LDK #2371 adds support for managing payments using offers. It allows a client application using LDK to use an offer to register its intent to pay an invoice, timing out the payment attempt if a sent offer never results in a received invoice, and then using existing code in LDK to pay the invoice (including retrying if the first attempts don’t succeed).