Byzantine Clients Rendered Harmless

  • Barbara Liskov
  • Rodrigo Rodrigues
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 3724)


The original work on quorum systems assumed that servers fail benignly, by crashing or omitting some steps. More recently, researchers have developed techniques that enable quorum systems to provide data availability in the presence of arbitrary (Byzantine) faults [6]. Earlier work provides correct semantics despite server (i.e., replica) failures and also handles some of the problems of Byzantine clients [1,2,4,6, 9].

This paper describes the first protocols to handle all problems caused by Byzantine clients. Our protocols ensure that bad clients cannot interfere with good clients. Bad clients cannot prevent good clients from completing reads and writes, nor can they cause good clients to see inconsistencies. In addition bad clients that have been removed from operation can leave behind at most a bounded number of “lurking” writes that could be done on their behalf by a colluder.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Barbara Liskov
    • 1
  • Rodrigo Rodrigues
    • 2
  1. 1.MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence LaboratoryCambridgeUSA
  2. 2.INESC-ID / Instituto Superior TécnicoLisbonPortugal

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