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TenderTee: Increasing the Resilience of Tendermint by using Trusted Environments

Lionel Beltrando
José Alfaro

Abstract

Blockchain and distributed ledger technologies have emerged as one of the most revolutionary distributed systems, with the goal of eliminating centralised intermediaries and installing distributed trusted services. They facilitate, trustworthy trades and exchanges, over the Internet, power cryptocurrencies, ensure transparency for documents, and much more. Committee-based blockchains are considered today as a viable alternative to the original Proof-of-Work paradigm, since they offer strong consistency and are energy efficient. One of the most popular committee-based blockchains is Tendermint used as core by several popular blockchains such as Tezos, Binance Smart Chain and Cosmos. Tendermint as many other committee-based blockchains is designed to tolerate one-third of Byzantine nodes. In this paper we propose TenderTee, an enhanced version of Tendermint, able to tolerate one half of Byzantine nodes. The resilience improvement is due to the use of a trusted abstraction, a light version of attested append-only memory, which makes the protocol immune to equivocation (i.e. behavior of a faulty node when it sends different faulty messages to different nodes.). Furthermore, we prove the correctness of TenderTee for both one-shot and repeated consensus specifications.
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hal-04035422 , version 1 (17-03-2023)

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Lionel Beltrando, Maria Potop-Butucaru, José Alfaro. TenderTee: Increasing the Resilience of Tendermint by using Trusted Environments. ICDCN '23: 24th International Conference On Distributed Computing And Networking, Jan 2023, Kharagpur, India. pp.90-99, ⟨10.1145/3571306.3571394⟩. ⟨hal-04035422⟩
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