Temporal Properties of Smart Contracts

  • Ilya SergeyEmail author
  • Amrit Kumar
  • Aquinas Hobor
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 11247)


Smart contracts—shared stateful reactive objects stored on a blockchain—are widely employed nowadays for mediating exchanges of crypto-currency between multiple untrusted parties. Despite a lot of attention given by the formal methods community to the notion of smart contract correctness, only a few efforts targeted their lifetime properties. In this paper, we focus on reasoning about execution traces of smart contracts. We report on our preliminary results of mechanically verifying some of such properties by embedding a smart contract language into the Coq proof assistant. We also discuss several common scenarios, all of which require multi-step blockchain-based arbitration and thus must be implemented via stateful contracts, and discuss possible temporal specifications of the corresponding smart contract implementations.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University College LondonLondonUK
  2. 2.Zilliqa ResearchSingaporeSingapore
  3. 3.Zilliqa ResearchLondonUK
  4. 4.Yale-NUS College and School of ComputingNUSSingaporeSingapore

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