Cryptology ePrint Archive: Report 2001/104

Concurrent Zero-Knowledge With Timing, Revisited

Oded Goldreich

Abstract: Following Dwork, Naor, and Sahai (30th STOC, 1998), we consider concurrent execution of protocols in a semi-synchronized network. Specifically, we assume that each party holds a local clock such that a constant bound on the relative rates of these clocks is a-priori known, and consider protocols that employ time-driven operations (i.e., time-out in-coming messages and delay out-going messages).

We show that the constant-round zero-knowledge proof for NP of Goldreich and Kahan (Jour. of Crypto., 1996) preserves its security when polynomially-many independent copies are executed concurrently under the above timing model.

We stress that our main result establishes zero-knowledge of interactive proofs, whereas the results of Dwork et al. are either for zero-knowledge arguments or for a weak notion of zero-knowledge (called $\epsilon$-knowledge) proofs.

Our analysis identifies two extreme schedulings of concurrent executions under the above timing model: the first is the case of parallel execution of polynomially-many copies, and the second is of concurrent execution of polynomially-many copies such the number of copies that are simultaneously active at any time is bounded by a constant (i.e., bounded simultaneity). Dealing with each of these extreme cases is of independent interest, and the general result (regarding concurrent executions under the timing model) is obtained by combining the two treatments.

Category / Keywords: foundations / Zero-Knowledge, Parallel Composition, Concurrent Composition,

Publication Info: also posted on ECCC

Date: received 27 Nov 2001

Contact author: oded at wisdom weizmann ac il

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