Paper 2016/265

Multi-prover Proof-of-Retrievability

Maura B. Paterson, Douglas R. Stinson, and Jalaj Upadhyay


There has been considerable recent interest in ``cloud storage'' wherein a user asks a server to store a large file. One issue is whether the user can verify that the server is actually storing the file, and typically a challenge-response protocol is employed to convince the user that the file is indeed being stored correctly. The security of these schemes is phrased in terms of an extractor which will recover the file given any ``proving algorithm'' that has a sufficiently high success probability. This forms the basis of {\em proof-of-retrievability} (PoR) systems. In this paper, we study multiple server PoR systems. Our contribution in multiple-server $\por$ systems is as follows. 1. We formalize security definitions for two possible scenarios: (i) when a threshold of servers succeed with high enough probability (worst-case) and (ii) when the average of the success probability of all the servers is above a threshold (average-case). We also motivate the study of confidentiality of the outsourced message. 2. We give M-PoR schemes which are secure under both these security definitions and provide reasonable confidentiality guarantees even when there is no restriction on the computational power of the servers. We also show how classical statistical techniques used by Paterson, Stinson and Upadhyay (Journal of Mathematical Cryptology: 7(3)) can be extended to evaluate whether the responses of the provers are accurate enough to permit successful extraction. 3. We also look at one specific instantiation of our construction when instantiated with the unconditionally secure version of the Shacham-Waters scheme (Asiacrypt, 2008). This scheme gives reasonable security and privacy guarantee. We show that, in the multi-server setting with computationally unbounded provers, one can overcome the limitation that the verifier needs to store as much secret information as the provers.

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Preprint. MINOR revision.
Proof-of-RetrievabilityUnconditional Security
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m paterson @ bbk ac uk
dstinson @ math uwaterloo ca
jalaj @ psu edu
2016-03-08: received
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      author = {Maura B.  Paterson and Douglas R.  Stinson and Jalaj Upadhyay},
      title = {Multi-prover Proof-of-Retrievability},
      howpublished = {Cryptology ePrint Archive, Paper 2016/265},
      year = {2016},
      note = {\url{}},
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