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Wallet audit

Crypto-currencies are often criticized for being used by "gray market" and virtually inappropriate for compliant businesses due to their inherent

So we'd like to give compliant businesses appropriate tools to be as transparent as possible for the appropriate authorities, while remaining
confident to others. We'll present a scheme how it can be implemented in BEAM, and review it.

High-level design
The wallet used for compliant business (we'll call it a business wallet) should be configured for auditing. It generates a public/private key pair
specifically for audit. The public key is given to the appropriate auditor(s). Optionally the business wallet may generate several public/private
auditor key pairs for different authorities.

Note: The "public key" is actually confidential, and should not be disclosed by the auditor to others to keep the anonymity of the business.

Every transaction that the business wallet performs is tagged, such that only the auditor may identify it in the blockchain using the provided public
key. The auditor however is unable to create such a tagged transaction using the public key alone.
By tagging the transaction the business wallet commits to disclose (off-chain) all the relevant info for the auditor, when required to. After receiving
all the information the auditor verifies that it indeed conforms to the original commitment.

The original transaction details the auditor may want are:

Input/Output UTXOs of this business wallet.

Note: The full transaction contains also the Input/Output UTXOs of other wallets. But those should not be disclosed (unless
absolutely required) to keep their anonymity.
Proof of the ownership and amount of every input/output UTXO which belongs to this business wallet, without disclosing the blinding
factors (public signature).
Optionally any additional information: digital documents, signatures, arbitrary text message, etc.

The task of the auditor is the following:

Run the full Node, which (in particular) downloads the original blocks (this is important!)
Find all the tagged transactions for all the business wallets it's aware of.
Request all the transaction information (off-chain).
After receiving the information the following is verified:
All the transaction components are valid (signatures and etc.)
The transaction details indeed correspond to the original commitment
All the referenced inputs and outputs indeed present in the original block.
Verify the completeness of the transaction graph of this business wallet.

By such a scheme the business wallet is enforced to report about the transaction in advance, and to commit to all the details that will be revealed
to the auditor later.

The auditor is able to reconstruct the whole business ledger. It should build the transaction graph and verify its completeness, which means that
every UTXO that the business wallet spends must have been reported earlier by the same business wallet upon receiving. By such the business
wallet will be able to spend legally only what it received legally. So that, unlike traditional ledgers, the auditor can see the life cycle of every UTXO,
and not only of the overall balance. So that the "Pecunia non olet" is somewhat less obvious.

Technical Design.
All transactions include transaction kernels, and kernels may optionally have a HashLock, which is an arbitrary 256-bits value. The primary use of
this field is to support atomic swaps with other popular crypto-currencies (including bitcoin). We'll use this for the audit as well (which is good for
both uses, since it won't be possible for 3rd party to distinguish those).

For every transaction the business wallet will add an extra kernel for the auditor. Moreover, if it's auditable by different authorities who gets
different public keys - the business wallet will add such a kernel for every key (in every transaction).

Note: If the other transaction party is also a business wallet, which is obliged to report to appropriate authorities - it will add its kernel(s) to the
transaction as well. There is no collision here (transactions may contain arbitrary number of kernels).

First the business wallet collects all the info that it's going to reveal to the auditor, saves it, and computes its Hash. This is the commitment to the
transaction details. This value it assigned to the HashPreimage of the appropriate kernel.

Note: In case the business wallet reports to multiple auditors, and several such kernels are created - we don't want them to contain the same
hash HashPreimage value (this decreases anonymity). To avoid this the HashPreimage should actually be constructed from the transaction
commitment and the auditor public key.
Now, the challenge now is to flag this kernel for the appropriate auditor. This is achieved by the following:

Both the business wallet and the auditor compute a co-factor k via one-way function from the transaction commitment and the auditor public key.
The kernel excess should be equal to the auditor public key multiplied by this co-factor. The auditor multiplies the public key by the co-factor and
checks if this eventually equals to the kernel excess. Yet only the wallet may sign such a kernel. To do this the wallet multiplies its private key by
the co-factor, this is the kernel excess (private).

Flow diagram:

Business Wallet, transaction building:

TxDetails = { my Inputs + public signatures, my Outputs + public signatures, Some other arbitrary data (docs and etc.) }

Save TxDetails (locally)

For each auditor key:

TxCommitment = Hash(TxDetails | AuditorPublicKey)

Multiplier = HMac(AuditorPublicKey, TxCommitment)

BlindingFactor = secret key * Multiplier

Kernel.Excess = G * BlindingFactor

Kernel.HashLockPreimage = TxCommitment

Sign kernel using BlindingFactor.

Add the kernel to the transaction

Transaction.Offset -= BlindingFactor

Download blocks (as usually Nodes do)

For every new block, for every kernel

If the kernel doesn't contain the HashLock - skip it

For every known public key

Multiplier = HMac(AuditorPublicKey, Kernel.HashLockPreimage)

Exces = Publikc Key * Multiplier

If Excess == Kernel.Excess

Save the info: Appropriate business wallet, Block ID (Height + Hash), and the reported Kernel.HashLockPreimage

Request the transaction info for this kernel

After receiving the transaction info for the specified kernel

Verify that the TxDetails sane (correct format, signatures, etc.)

Verify that the presented data corresponds to the original commitment

Means: Hash(TxDetails | AuditorPublicKey) == Kernel.HashLockPreimage

Verify that the asserted inputs and outputs indeed present in the original block.

Verify that all the referenced inputs were indeed reported earlier

Mark inputs as consumed, realize the outputs.


Note: the blockchain may sometimes "rollback", and this should be accounted for by the auditor. There are basically two options:
1. Complex solution: the auditor must know to undo the changes to the affected ledgers. It may request the transaction details for different
history branches, and implement navigation, which involves undo and redo to all the affected ledgers.
2. Simple solution, which may be practically good enough. Assuming the rollbacks don't usually happen for large ranges, it may be sufficient
just to wait for some period before requesting/processing the transaction details. And the auditor may assume such a large rollbacks are
impossible. Anyway when big rollbacks happen - the system is compromised and user intervention is required.

Minor note: in a highly unlikely case (with probability order of 2-256) there may be a false positive when chasing for the auditor kernels, i.e. a
kernel that looks like it's an auditor kernel, but it's actually not. Though highly unlikely, perhaps there should be a possibility for the business wallet
to deny this transaction? On the other hand false negatives are not possible. I.e. no excuses if the transaction was not flagged in advance.

Review of this scheme

The good:

Strict demand to reveal the fact of the transaction in advance, and commitment to the original transaction details.
The fact of the transaction taking place and the report about the transaction is the same, because the transaction is atomic!
Means, there is no way the transaction is reported but didn't actually take place, blockchain rolled back, or whatever other
reason, or vice versa.
Inability to use "gray" money in compliant transactions. All the inputs must have been reported earlier.
The auditor can fully reconstruct the transaction graph, but it can discover nothing about other transaction parties.
This is very valuable feature (perhaps the most valuable).
The auditor can actually see when the business wallet spends its UTXOs, even if it doesn't flag the transaction.
For this the auditor will have to analyze all the UTXOs being spent in the original block, which is feasible.
Naturally the opposite isn't true: it's possible to receive UTXO without flagging the transaction (but it won't be possible to spend it
in a compliant transaction).

The bad:

Naturally there is no way to verify there is no "gray" ledger of the same business, it may have other wallets, or conceal part of the
This is also not solvable in "traditional" world.
However we guarantee the separation between "compliant" transactions and the others.
No way to verify that the original transaction actually included the reported inputs/outputs, as well as nothing beyond them.
We do verify that they were present in the original block, and that the reporter actually owns them (by demanding signatures), but
they may be parts of another transactions.
This is equivalent (in some sense) to a situation where you report about transaction, but pay to others, or show less money than
is actually transferred.
This is also unsolvable in the "traditional" world.