Verify Public Key Owner

a9f510c16bdebsvalias public key verify (Verify Public Key Owner)andy (nChain), Ryan X. Charles (Money Button), Miguel Duarte (Money Button)1

This capability allows clients to verify if a given public key is a valid identity key for a given paymail handle.


The public key returned by pki flow for a given paymail handle may change over time. This situation may produce troubles to verify data signed using old keys, because even having the keys, the verifier doesn't know if the public key actually belongs to the right user.

Capability discovery

The .well-known/bsvalias document is updated to include a declaration public key owner validation enpoint:

  "bsvalias": "1.0",
  "capabilities": {
    "a9f510c16bde": "https://example.bsvalias.tld/api/{alias}@{domain.tld}/{pubkey}"

The capabilities.a9f510c16bde is a template URL to verify the ownership of the public key.

Client Request

The capabilities.a9f510c16bde path returns a URI template. Senders MUST replace {alias}, {domain.tld} placeholders with a valid paymail handle. {pubkey} placeholder MUST be a valid point on the secp256k1 curve, compressed, and hex-encoded. The client MUST perform a GET request to the obtained URL.

Server Response

Below are the responses that have meaning to this protocol. A server may return other status codes, for example 5xx indicating some sort of server failure. Clients should treat status codes not specified as part of this specification as some sort of transient error and may retry at their leisure.

200 OK

Returned when a valid request was made. The response MUST have application/json as content type. The response body MUST follow this schema:

  "handle":"[email protected]",
  "pubkey":"<consulted pubkey>",
  "match": true,
handlequeried handle
pubkeyqueried public key
matchtrue if pubkey belongs to paymail handle. false otherwise.

This endpoint returns status 200 everytime the request is valid. If the paymail handle is unknown to the server it returns 200 anyway, but false in the match field.

Changes to Address Resolution

Basic Address Resolution is extended as follows:

In order to use this capability the client needs to send a public key. The server will verify the signature against that public key and also will verify that the signature belongs to the sender.

Client Request

A public key is added to the body of the request. The final schema is the following:

    "senderName": "FirstName LastName",
    "senderHandle": "<alias>@<domain.tld>",
    "dt": "<ISO-8601 timestamp>",
    "amount": 550,
    "purpose": "message to receiver",
    "signature": "<compact Bitcoin message signature>",
    "pubkey":"<valid public key>"



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