Paper 2012/404

Secret Sharing Schemes for Very Dense Graphs

Amos Beimel, Oriol Farràs, and Yuval Mintz


A secret-sharing scheme realizes a graph if every two vertices connected by an edge can reconstruct the secret while every independent set in the graph does not get any information on the secret. Similar to secret-sharing schemes for general access structures, there are gaps between the known lower bounds and upper bounds on the share size for graphs. Motivated by the question of what makes a graph ``hard'' for secret-sharing schemes (that is, require large shares), we study very dense graphs, that is, graphs whose complement contains few edges. We show that if a graph with $n$ vertices contains $\binom{n}{2}-n^{1+\beta}$ edges for some constant $0\leq\beta <1$, then there is a scheme realizing the graph with total share size of $\tilde{O}(n^{5/4+3\beta/4})$. This should be compared to $O(n^2/\log n)$ -- the best upper bound known for the share size in general graphs. Thus, if a graph is ``hard'', then the graph and its complement should have many edges. We generalize these results to nearly complete $k$-homogeneous access structures for a constant $k$. To complement our results, we prove lower bounds for secret-sharing schemes realizing very dense graphs, e.g., for linear secret-sharing schemes we prove a lower bound of $\Omega(n^{1+\beta/2})$ for a graph with $\binom{n}{2}-n^{1+\beta}$ edges.

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Published elsewhere. A prelimenary version of this paper appears in the Proceedings of Crypto 2012.
Secret sharingshare sizegraph access structuresequivalence cover number
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oriol farras @ urv cat
2012-07-24: received
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      author = {Amos Beimel and Oriol Farràs and Yuval Mintz},
      title = {Secret Sharing Schemes for Very Dense Graphs},
      howpublished = {Cryptology ePrint Archive, Paper 2012/404},
      year = {2012},
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