Paper 2010/109

Practical Adaptive Oblivious Transfer from Simple Assumptions

Matthew Green and Susan Hohenberger


In an adaptive oblivious transfer (OT) protocol, a sender commits to a database of messages and then repeatedly interacts with a receiver in such a way that the receiver obtains one message per interaction of his choice (and nothing more) while the sender learns nothing about any of the choices. Recently, there has been significant effort to design practical adaptive OT schemes and to use these protocols as a building block for larger database applications. To be well suited for these applications, the underlying OT protocol should: (1) support an efficient initialization phase where one commitment can support an arbitrary number of receivers who are guaranteed of having the same view of the database, (2) execute transfers in time independent of the size of the database, and (3) satisfy a strong notion of security under a simple assumption in the standard model. We present the first adaptive OT protocol simultaneously satisfying these requirements. The sole complexity assumption required is that given $(g,g^a,g^b,g^c,Q)$, where $g$ generates a bilinear group of prime order $p$ and $a,b,c$ are selected randomly from $\Zp$, it is hard to decide if $Q = g^{abc}$. All prior protocols in the standard model either do not meet our efficiency requirements or require dynamic ``q-based'' assumptions. Our construction makes an important change to the established ``assisted decryption'' technique for designing adaptive OT. As in prior works, the sender commits to a database of $n$ messages by publishing an encryption of each message and a signature on each encryption. Then, each transfer phase can be executed in time independent of $n$ as the receiver blinds one of the encryptions and proves knowledge of the blinding factors and a signature on this encryption, after which the sender helps the receiver decrypt the chosen ciphertext. One of the main obstacles to designing an adaptive OT scheme from a simple assumption is realizing a suitable signature for this purpose (i.e., enabling signatures on group elements in a manner that later allows for efficient proofs.) We make the observation that a secure signature scheme is not necessary for this paradigm, provided that signatures can only be forged in certain ways. We then show how to efficiently integrate an insecure signature into a secure adaptive OT construction.

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Published elsewhere. Full version of work in TCC 2011.
oblivious transfersignaturesF-signaturesbilinear maps
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matthewdgreen @ gmail com
2011-01-14: revised
2010-03-01: received
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      title = {Practical Adaptive Oblivious Transfer from Simple Assumptions},
      howpublished = {Cryptology ePrint Archive, Paper 2010/109},
      year = {2010},
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