On the security and privacy of hyperledger fabric: challenges and open issues

Sotirios Brotsis, Nicholas Kolokotronis, Konstantinos Limniotis, Gueltoum Bendiab, Stavros Shiaeles

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

1312 Downloads (Pure)


In the last few years, a countless number of permissioned blockchain solutions have been proposed, with each one to claim that it revolutionizes the way of the transaction processing along with the security and privacy preserving mechanisms that it provides Hyperledger Fabric is one of the most popular permissioned blockchain architectures that has made a significant impact on the market However, there are only few papers of finding architectural risks regarding the security and the privacy preserving mechanisms of Hyperledger Fabric This paper separates the attack surface of the blockchain platform into four components, namely, consensus, chaincode, network and privacy preserving mechanisms, in all of which an attacker (from inside or outside the network) can exploit the platform's design and gain access to or misuse the network In addition, we highlight the appropriate counter-measures that can be taken in each component to address the corresponding risks and provide a significantly secure and enhanced privacy preserving Fabric network We hope that by bringing this paper into light, we can aid developers to avoid security flaws and implementations that can be exploited by attackers but also to motivate further research to harden the platform's security and the client's privacy

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings - 2020 IEEE World Congress on Services, SERVICES 2020
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9781728182032
ISBN (Print)9781728182049
Publication statusPublished - 21 Dec 2020
Event2020 IEEE World Congress on Services - Online, Beijing, China
Duration: 18 Oct 202024 Oct 2020

Publication series

NameIEEE SERVICES Proceedings Series
ISSN (Print)2378-3818
ISSN (Electronic)2642-939X


Conference2020 IEEE World Congress on Services
Abbreviated titleSERVICES 2020


  • chaincode risks
  • consensus protocols
  • cyber-security
  • Hyperledger Fabric
  • network threats
  • privacy


Dive into the research topics of 'On the security and privacy of hyperledger fabric: challenges and open issues'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this