Cryptology ePrint Archive: Report 2022/288

Spats: user-defined confidential assets for the Spark transaction protocol

Aaron Feickert and Aram Jivanyan

Abstract: In privacy-preserving transaction protocols, confidential asset designs permit transfer of quantities of distinct asset types in a way that obscures their types and values. Spark is a protocol that provides flexible privacy properties relating to addressing, transaction sources and recipients, and value transfer; however, it does not natively support the use of multiple confidential asset types. Here we describe Spats, a new design for confidential assets compatible with Spark that focuses on efficient and modular implementation. It does so by extending coin value commitments to bind and mask an asset type, and asserting in zero knowledge that this type is maintained throughout transactions. We describe the cryptographic components and changes to the Spark protocol necessary for the design of Spats.

Category / Keywords: applications /

Date: received 2 Mar 2022, last revised 18 Mar 2022

Contact author: aram at firo org, aaron at cypherstack com

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