Controller Synthesis for Hyperproperties

Borzoo Bonakdarpour and Bernd Finkbeiner

We investigate the problem of controller synthesis for hyperproperties specified in the temporal logic HyperLTL. Hyperproperties are system properties that relate multiple execution traces. Hyperproperties can elegantly express information-flow policies like noninterference and observational determinism. The controller synthesis problem is to automatically design a controller for a plant that ensures satisfaction of a given specification in the presence of the environment or adversarial actions. We show that the controller synthesis problem is decidable for HyperLTL specifications and finite-state plants. We provide a rigorous complexity analysis for different fragments of HyperLTL and different system types: tree-shaped, acyclic, and general graphs.

33rd IEEE Computer Security Foundations Symposium (CSF 2020).