Day 53: Pedersen Commitments and Confidential Transactions

Guilherme Soares
3 min readNov 24, 2023

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"In the ledger of blockchain, Pedersen Commitments are the ink of confidentiality, writing transactions visible to all but understood by few." - Blockchain Security Analyst

The world of blockchain technology is not just a story of decentralization and immutability; it’s also a narrative of evolving privacy. Among the various cryptographic techniques enhancing this aspect of blockchain, Pedersen Commitments stand out, particularly in their application to confidential transactions. Let's delve into this cryptographic mechanism and its role in ensuring transactional privacy.

Exploring Pedersen Commitments

Pedersen Commitments are a cryptographic tool used in various privacy-preserving protocols. They allow a party to commit to a chosen value while keeping it hidden, with the ability to reveal it later. This mechanism ensures that while the value remains a secret, it cannot be altered retrospectively.

The Mechanics:

  • A Pedersen Commitment is essentially an equation combining the value being committed to (e.g., a transaction amount) with a secret random number. The commitment conceals the value but is uniquely tied to it.

Confidential Transactions: Privacy on the Blockchain

Confidential transactions leverage Pedersen Commitments to hide the amounts involved in a blockchain transaction. The transaction details like sender and receiver are visible, but the amount is encrypted.

Why Confidential Transactions?

  • Privacy: They protect transaction amounts, safeguarding user privacy.
  • Security: By concealing transaction values, they reduce information available to potential attackers.
  • Auditability: Despite the encryption, these transactions can still be audited and verified for their integrity.

JavaScript Example: Simulating Pedersen Commitments

Let’s conceptualize a simple implementation of a Pedersen Commitment in JavaScript. This example is illustrative…

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Guilherme Soares

I'm a senior software developer passionate about technology and to share knowledge.