The scyther-proof security protocol verification tool
- Authors: Simon Meier firstname.lastname@example.org, Andreas Lochbihler email@example.com
- Creation Date: 2011-05-13
Last Updated: 2015-02-20 by Andreas Lochbihler
Every distribution of the scyther-proof tool contains a copy of the
Isabelle/HOL theories formalizing its verification theory and a copy of the
protocol models that were verified using scyther-proof. In particular, these
examples include models for all of our repaired versions of the protocols
from the ISO/IEC-9798 authentication standard. (In the source distribution
of scyther-proof they can be found at
In the following sections, we give step by step instructions to get the whole system working and we explain the usage of our tools and provide further information (e.g., building documentation).
2. Installation instructions
2.1 Installing scyther-proof
You need a working Haskell environment that provides a version of GHC from 7.0.x to 7.4.x and the 'cabal install' tool. The simplest way to get such an environment is to download and install the Haskell Platform package for your OS.
in the root directory of this source code package. This will use the
Haskell's deployment tool
cabal-install to download all missing libraries
from Hackage, the central Haskell library repository and install the
scyther-proof executable in the default installation location of
cabal-install. The installation location is printed at the end of the build
without any arguments to get an overview of the arguments supported and the paths to the examples and the Isabelle/HOL theories.
2.2 Installing the Isabelle/HOL theories
Download and install full Isabelle2014 according to the installation instructions at
The first time you call
scyther-proof with the
--isabelle flag it will
build the logic image of the Isabelle/HOL theories formalizing the security
protocol verification theory underlying
You can now execute the 'scyther-proof' binary without any arguments to get a list of the available flags. A simple example usage is (assuming 'scyther-proof' is in the PATH).
scyther-proof $EXAMPLE_DIR/classic/NS_Public.spthy --shortest
This will parse the NSL protocol modeled in the 'nsl.spthy' file and output all specified security properties together with the proof with the fewest number of chain rule applications to stdout.
To generate an Isabelle proof script, two additional options are required.
scyther-proof $EXAMPLE_DIR/classic/NS_Public.spthy --shortest --output=nsl_cert.thy --ASCII
The first one specifies the output file and the second one instructs scyther-proof to use Isabelle's ASCII notation as the output format.
To build the source code documentation you can use the call
cabal configure; cabal haddock
which will use cabal-install and Haskell's source code documentation tool 'haddock' to build the source code documentation. The location of this documentation is again output on the command line.
3.2 The Isabelle/HOL theories
Note that in many case the easiest way to start with constructing machine-checked proofs interactively is to use a proof script generated by scyther-proof.
Using the Isabelle/jEdit Prover IDE
In the directory output by scyther-proof, load the Tutorial on interactive proof construction using the following commands
cd <theory-dir-output-by-scytherproof>/src isabelle jedit -d $SCYTHER_PROOF_HOME/data/isabelle -l ESPL Tutorial.thy
where $SCYTHER_PROOF_HOME expands to the home directory of scyther-proof.
Happy Proving :)