Paper 2014/402

On the Existence of Extractable One-Way Functions

Nir Bitansky, Ran Canetti, Omer Paneth, and Alon Rosen


A function f is extractable if it is possible to algorithmically ``extract,'' from any adversarial program that outputs a value y in the image of f, a preimage of y. When combined with hardness properties such as one-wayness or collision-resistance, extractability has proven to be a powerful tool. However, so far, extractability has not been explicitly shown. Instead, it has only been considered as a non-standard *knowledge assumption* on certain functions. We make two headways in the study of the existence of extractable one-way functions (EOWFs). On the negative side, we show that if there exist indistinguishability obfuscators for a certain class of circuits then there do not exist EOWFs where extraction works for any adversarial program with auxiliary-input of unbounded polynomial length. On the positive side, for adversarial programs with bounded auxiliary-input (and unbounded polynomial running time), we give the first construction of EOWFs with an explicit extraction procedure, based on relatively standard assumptions (e.g., sub-exponential hardness of Learning with Errors). We then use these functions to construct the first 2-message zero-knowledge arguments and 3-message zero-knowledge arguments of knowledge, against the same class of adversarial verifiers, from essentially the same assumptions.

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Published elsewhere. Minor revision. STOC 2014
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2014-06-02: revised
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      author = {Nir Bitansky and Ran Canetti and Omer Paneth and Alon Rosen},
      title = {On the Existence of Extractable One-Way Functions},
      howpublished = {Cryptology ePrint Archive, Paper 2014/402},
      year = {2014},
      doi = {10.1145/2591796.2591859},
      note = {\url{}},
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