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Tamarin Prover

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The Tamarin prover is a security protocol verification tool that supports both falsification and unbounded verification of security protocols specified as multiset rewriting systems with respect to (temporal) first-order properties and a message theory that models Diffie-Hellman exponentiation combined with a user-defined subterm-convergent rewriting theory.

Authors: Simon Meier, Benedikt Schmidt — Contributors: Cas Cremers, Cedric Staub

Research papers and theses on Tamarin

tamarin-paper

Screenshots

Tamarin introduction page
Introduction page
Tamarin overview
Overview
Tamarin attack display
Tamarin attack display

The Tamarin prover is open-source software. Its code and issue tracker are available at https://github.com/tamarin-prover/tamarin-prover. Its low-volume mailing list for announcements and discussion is https://groups.google.com/group/tamarin-prover.

Installation

The Tamarin prover is implemented in Haskell and available from Hackage. It uses maude as a unification backend and GraphViz to visualize the constraint systems. It compiles on Linux, Mac OS X, and Windows using GHC 7.0, 7.2, and 7.4. Below we give step-by-step instructions for installing the Tamarin prover from source code on Linux and Mac OS X. If you cannot compile from source code, you can try the binaries for Windows and Mac OS X. Please do not hesitate to contact us, if you encounter trouble installing or using the Tamarin prover.

Linux
  1. Use your package manager to install maude, graphviz, and the zlib1g header files. On Ubuntu 11.10:
    sudo apt-get install maude graphviz zlib1g-dev
  2. Use your package manger to install the Haskell platform, if available. Otherwise, install GHC 7.x, cabal-install, alex and happy. On Ubuntu 11.10:
    sudo apt-get install ghc happy alex cabal-install
  3. Update the package database of the Haskell cabal tool
    cabal update
    

    and install the Tamarin prover together with all its Haskell library dependencies, which might take some time.

    cabal install tamarin-prover
    

    In some cases you might have to add the flag --force-reinstalls, as explained by the message output by cabal. Depending on your Linux distribution installing some of the dependencies might fail due to missing development packages. Check the installation log for the missing C-library and use your package manager to install the corresponding '-dev' package; e.g., zlib1g-dev for the zlib compression library on Ubuntu.

  4. The 'tamarin-prover' executable is installed in '~/.cabal/bin'. Add this directory to your PATH or call the Tamarin prover as follows.
    ~/.cabal/bin/tamarin-prover
    

    This will display the possible options for calling the Tamarin prover. It also outputs the paths to the installed example protocol models and the case studies from our paper. We recommend opening the Tutorial.spthy example file in a text editor and start exploring from there. Happy proving :-)

Mac OS X
  1. Install Core Maude 2.6 and graphviz and make sure that they are on your PATH.
  2. Install the Haskell platform for Mac.
  3. Update the package database of the Haskell cabal tool
    cabal update
    

    and install the Tamarin prover together with all its Haskell library dependencies, which might take some time.

    cabal install tamarin-prover
    
  4. The 'tamarin-prover' executable is installed in '~/Library/Haskell/bin'. Add this
    directory to your PATH or call the Tamarin prover as follows.
    ~/Library/Haskell/bin/tamarin-prover
    

    Note that if you already have installed an older version of tamarin, 'tamarin-prover' can be found in a different directory which is printed at the end of the installation. The above command invocation will display the possible options for calling the Tamarin prover. It also outputs the paths to the installed example protocol models and the case studies from our paper. We recommend opening the Tutorial.spthy example file in a text editor and start exploring from there. Happy proving :-)

 

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