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Publication Detail
Smart Contracts for Bribing Miners
  • Publication Type:
    Conference
  • Authors:
    McCorry P, Hicks A, Meiklejohn S
  • Publisher:
    Springer Nature
  • Publication date:
    10/02/2019
  • Pagination:
    3, 18
  • Published proceedings:
    FC: International Conference on Financial Cryptography and Data Security
  • Volume:
    10958 LNCS
  • ISBN-13:
    9783662588192
  • Status:
    Published
  • Conference start date:
    02/03/2018
  • Conference finish date:
    02/03/2018
  • Print ISSN:
    0302-9743
Abstract
© International Financial Cryptography Association 2019. We present three smart contracts that allow a briber to fairly exchange bribes to miners who pursue a mining strategy benefiting the briber. The first contract, CensorshipCon, highlights that Ethereum’s uncle block reward policy can directly subsidise the cost of bribing miners. The second contract, HistoryRevisionCon, rewards miners via an in-band payment for reversing transactions or enforcing a new state of another contract. The third contract, GoldfingerCon, rewards miners in one cryptocurrency for reducing the utility of another cryptocurrency. This work is motivated by the need to understand the extent to which smart contracts can impact the incentive mechanisms involved in Nakamoto-style consensus protocols.
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