Cryptology ePrint Archive: Report 2017/018

Verifiable Random Functions from Non-Interactive Witness-Indistinguishable Proofs

Nir Bitansky

Abstract: {\em Verifiable random functions} (VRFs) are pseudorandom functions where the owner of the seed, in addition to computing the function's value $y$ at any point $x$, can also generate a non-interactive proof $\pi$ that $y$ is correct (relative to so), without compromising pseudorandomness at other points. Being a natural primitive with a wide range of applications, considerable efforts have been directed towards the construction of such VRFs. While these efforts have resulted in a variety of algebraic constructions (from bilinear maps or the RSA problem), the relation between VRFs and other general primitives is still not well understood.

We present new constructions of VRFs from general primitives, the main one being {\em non-interactive witness-indistinguishable proofs} (NIWIs). This includes: \begin​{itemize} \item A selectively-secure VRF assuming NIWIs and non-interactive commitments. As usual, the VRF can be made adaptively-secure assuming subexponential hardness of the underlying primitives. \item An adaptively-secure VRF assuming (polynomially-hard) NIWIs, non-interactive commitments, and {\em (single-key) constrained pseudorandom functions} for a restricted class of constraints. \end{itemize}

The above primitives have known instantiations under various standard assumptions, which yields corresponding VRF instantiations, under different assumptions than were known. One notable example is a non-uniform construction of VRFs from subexponentially-hard trapdoor permutations, or more generally, {\em verifiable pseudorandom generators} (the construction can be made uniform under a standard derandomization assumption). This partially answers an open question by Dwork and Naor (FOCS '00).

The construction and its analysis are quite simple. Both draw from ideas commonly used in the context of {\em indistinguishability obfuscation}.

Category / Keywords: foundations / verifiable-random-functions, non-interactive-witness-indistinguishable-proofs

Date: received 9 Jan 2017

Contact author: nirbitan at csail mit edu

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