Cryptology ePrint Archive: Report 2004/341

Reducing Complexity Assumptions for Statistically-Hiding Commitment

Omer Horvitz and Jonathan Katz and Chiu-Yuen Koo and Ruggero Morselli

Abstract: Determining the minimal assumptions needed to construct various cryptographic building blocks has been a focal point of research in theoretical cryptography. For most --- but not all! --- cryptographic primitives, complexity assumptions both necessary and sufficient for their existence are known. Here, we revisit the following, decade-old question: what are the minimal assumptions needed to construct a statistically-hiding bit commitment scheme? Previously, it was known how to construct such schemes based on any one-way permutation. In this work, we show that regular one-way functions suffice.

We show two constructions of statistically-hiding commitment schemes from regular one-way functions. Our first construction is more direct, and serves as a ``stepping-stone'' for our second construction which has improved round complexity. Of independent interest, as part of our work we show a compiler transforming any commitment scheme which is statistically-hiding against an honest-but-curious receiver to one which is statistically-hiding against a malicious receiver. This demonstrates the equivalence of these two formulations of the problem.

Our results also improve the complexity assumptions needed for statistical zero-knowledge arguments.

Category / Keywords: foundations /

Publication Info: Eurocrypt 2005

Date: received 3 Dec 2004, last revised 18 Mar 2005

Contact author: jkatz at cs umd edu

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Note: This is essentially the version submitted to Eurocrypt 2005. This work is superseded by what will appear in the Eurocrypt 2005 proceedings, but may be of interest as a simpler proof of a weaker result.

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