Deciding Hyperproperties

Authors Bernd Finkbeiner, Christopher Hahn

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Bernd Finkbeiner and Christopher Hahn. Deciding Hyperproperties. In 27th International Conference on Concurrency Theory (CONCUR 2016). Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs), Volume 59, pp. 13:1-13:14, Schloss Dagstuhl – Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2016)


Hyperproperties, like observational determinism or symmetry, cannot be expressed as properties of individual computation traces, because they describe a relation between multiple computation traces. HyperLTL is a temporal logic that captures such relations through trace variables, which are introduced through existential and universal trace quantifiers and can be used to refer to multiple computations at the same time. In this paper, we study the satisfiability problem of HyperLTL. We show that the problem is PSPACE-complete for alternation-free formulas (and, hence, no more expensive than LTL satisfiability), EXPSPACE-complete for exists-forall-formulas, and undecidable for forall-exists-formulas. Many practical hyperproperties can be expressed as alternation-free formulas. Our results show that both satisfiability and implication are decidable for such properties.
  • temporal logics
  • satisfiability
  • hyperproperties
  • complexity


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