How can an attacker take advantage of a world where state is eventually consistent and vector clocks are used to settle disagreements?

For example, what are the security concerns of using a database like Cassandra to settle finical transactions?

Is anyone aware of exploit code that is leveraging a flaw in a distributed system?

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    finical transactions :) Regardless, this is a brilliant question. Commented Jun 12, 2013 at 18:23
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    I thought it was a typo until I Googled it. Apparently, it exists.
    – Adi
    Commented Jun 12, 2013 at 18:42
  • This question may be considered a pretty good bait to lure one of the bears out of the lair... My cursory search at CiteSeerX has yielded nothing substantial in the first two pages of results, would be nice to have a bit of literature overview. Commented Jun 12, 2013 at 18:58
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    @DeerHunter : Bitcoin? And all it's derivatives?
    – Jhong
    Commented Jun 19, 2013 at 7:14
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    @Jhong So do you have a hot bitcoin exploit that we should know about?
    – rook
    Commented Jun 20, 2013 at 2:10

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This post is going to serve as a repository of references possibly related to the problem. Once there is a substantial answer, please copy the contents into it and ping me or the mods. Please feel free to edit this answer to refine the list.

As I've said, CiteSeerX yields nothing useful (its search system isn't exactly top-notch). However, this query on arXiv gives the following results:

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