Cryptology ePrint Archive: Report 2016/800

Almost-Optimally Fair Multiparty Coin-Tossing with Nearly Three-Quarters Malicious

Bar Alon and Eran Omri

Abstract: An $\alpha$-fair coin-tossing protocol allows a set of mutually distrustful parties to generate a uniform bit, such that no efficient adversary can bias the output bit by more than $\alpha$. Cleve [STOC 1986] has shown that if half of the parties can be corrupted, then, no $r$-round coin-tossing protocol is $o(1/r)$-fair. For over two decades the best known $m$-party protocols, tolerating up to $t\geq m/2$ corrupted parties, were only $O(t/\sqrt{r})$-fair. In a surprising result, Moran, Naor, and Segev [TCC 2009] constructed an $r$-round two-party $O(1/r)$-fair coin-tossing protocol, i.e., an optimally fair protocol. Beimel, Omri, and Orlov [Crypto 2010] extended the results of Moran et al.~to the {\em multiparty setting} where strictly fewer than 2/3 of the parties are corrupted. They constructed a $2^{2^k}/r$-fair $r$-round $m$-party protocol, tolerating up to $t=\frac{m+k}{2}$ corrupted parties.

Recently, in a breakthrough result, Haitner and Tsfadia [STOC 2014] constructed an $O(\log^3(r)/r)$-fair (almost optimal) three-party coin-tossing protocol. Their work brings forth a combination of novel techniques for coping with the difficulties of constructing fair coin-tossing protocols. Still, the best coin-tossing protocols for the case where more than 2/3 of the parties may be corrupted (and even when $t=2m/3$, where $m>3$) were $\theta(1/\sqrt{r})$-fair. We construct an $O(\log^3(r)/r)$-fair $m$-party coin-tossing protocol, tolerating up to $t$ corrupted parties, whenever $m$ is constant and $t<3m/4$.

Category / Keywords: foundations / Keywords: coin-tossing; coin-flipping; protocols; fairness; fair computation; dishonest majority

Original Publication (with major differences): IACR-TCC-2016

Date: received 21 Aug 2016, last revised 23 Aug 2016

Contact author: omrier at gmail com

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