Automated reasoning for equivalences in the applied pi calculus with barriers

Bruno Blanchet & Ben Smyth (2018) Automated reasoning for equivalences in the applied pi calculus with barriers. Journal of Computer Security, 26(3), pp. 367-422.



Observational equivalence allows us to study important security properties such as anonymity. Unfortunately, the difficulty of proving observational equivalence hinders analysis. Blanchet, Abadi & Fournet simplify its proof by introducing a sufficient condition for observational equivalence, called diff-equivalence, which is a reachability condition that can be proved automatically by ProVerif. However, diff-equivalence is a very strong condition, which often does not hold even if observational equivalence does. In particular, when proving equivalence between processes that contain several parallel components, e.g., P | Q and P' | Q', diff-equivalence requires that P is equivalent to P' and Q is equivalent to Q'. To relax this constraint, Delaune, Ryan & Smyth introduced the idea of swapping data between parallel processes P' and Q' at synchronisation points, without proving its soundness. We extend their work by formalising the semantics of synchronisation, formalising the definition of swapping, and proving its soundness. We also relax some restrictions they had on the processes to which swapping can be applied. Moreover, we have implemented our results in ProVerif. Hence, we extend the class of equivalences that can be proved automatically. We showcase our results by analysing privacy in election schemes by Fujioka, Okamoto & Ohta, Lee et al., and Juels, Catalano & Jakobsson, and in the vehicular ad-hoc network by Freudiger et al.

Bibtex Entry

	author = "Bruno Blanchet and Ben Smyth",
	title = "Automated reasoning for equivalences in the applied pi calculus with barriers",
	year = "2018",
	journal = "Journal of Computer Security",
	volume = "26",
	number = "3",
	pages = "367--422",
	doi = "10.3233/JCS-171013",