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please help me pick right design of software

I have to design client-server software, where server should verify that client runs software from exact source code. And where software doesn't simulate actions(results of algorithms). So we accept that client could be compromised.

The real task behind this question: Burn after read text messenger. How sender could verify that client really deleted message, and don't store it in ram.

Related question: is there FOSS software which operates like Smart card?

=== design should implement open source software, and could be applied to p2p network (that means server could be compromised too, and we need avoid 51% botnet attack). It should be applied to basic x86 desktops, without TPM, CA & Smart card.

=== I feel answer could lies near fields of cryptography, GPG, i2p, DHT, Kademlia, Bitcoin.

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Short answer: that is impossible on today's commodity PC, even discounting the generic attack in this answer. –  fgrieu Apr 22 at 18:19
Intel seems to be working on something that could enable such functionality in future CPUs. (But Intel itself could still subvert it and it obviously can't prevent the analog attack) –  CodesInChaos Apr 22 at 18:50
You might find this paper interesting. –  mikeazo Apr 22 at 19:10
@mikeazo In short: a method of calculating a checksum without a (practical) possibility for an attacker to alter the memory in such a way that the same checksum is obtained. (yawn) –  owlstead Apr 23 at 0:53

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Assumption: the normal user can read the message, which is displayed on his screen.

Generic attack: the user uses a camera to take a snapshot of the screen when the message is displayed.

And voila! What you seek is demonstrated to be impossible.

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Dear Thomas, I already assumed that and it is obvious. But that doesn't stop anybody who interested to seek such theoretical algorithm. I found the comment of @owlstead is more useful. –  Alex May 13 at 18:47

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