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How does a pool know work has been done

I have not been able to find any method that pools use to verify you've done the work you say you did. So if someone does a solution withholding attack but without actually knowing what the solution ...
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Possible to include a per miner transaction to prevent withholding and independent rebroadcast of a solved block?

Update: This is a bad idea because it simply won't work, but it did help me understand what happens between a Miner and a Pool. And if you missed it in the comments, read @Meni's PDF for a threat and ...
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How do mining pool payout methods affect the cost of executing a block withholding attack?

I'm wondering how each payout method (PPS, DGM, PPLNS, Proportional, etc) influences the cost of executing a block withholding attack. Does it matter how the payout method places variance between ...
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What is a block withholding attack?

How can a block withholding attack be performed, what would be its purpose and who is it a danger to? Edit: when I posted this I was thinking about withholding a block you mined in a pool. But ...
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How is block-solution-withholding a threat to mining pools?

If I understand the technical process (for most mining pools) correctly, a participant in a mining pool is given block data to combine with a nonce to try to solve the block. If they get close (but ...