Cryptology ePrint Archive: Report 2017/1088

Promise Zero Knowledge and its Applications to Round Optimal MPC

Saikrishna Badrinarayanan and Vipul Goyal and Abhishek Jain and Yael Tauman Kalai and Dakshita Khurana and Amit Sahai

Abstract: We devise a new partitioned simulation technique for MPC where the simulator uses different strategies for simulating the view of aborting adversaries and non-aborting adversaries. The protagonist of this technique is a new notion of promise zero knowledge (ZK) where the ZK property only holds against non-aborting verifiers. We show how to realize promise ZK in three rounds in the simultaneous-message model assuming polynomially hard DDH (or QR or N^{th}-Residuosity).

We demonstrate the following applications of our new technique:

-> We construct the first round-optimal (i.e., four round) MPC protocol for general functions based on polynomially hard DDH (or QR or N^{th}-Residuosity).

-> We further show how to overcome the four-round barrier for MPC by constructing a three-round protocol for ``list coin-tossing'' -- a slight relaxation of coin-tossing that suffices for most conceivable applications -- based on polynomially hard DDH (or QR or N^{th}-Residuosity). This result generalizes to randomized input-less functionalities.

Previously, four round MPC protocols required sub-exponential-time hardness assumptions and no multi-party three-round protocols were known for any relaxed security notions with polynomial-time simulation against malicious adversaries.

In order to base security on polynomial-time standard assumptions, we also rely upon a leveled rewinding security technique that can be viewed as a polynomial-time alternative to leveled complexity leveraging for achieving ``non-malleability'' across different primitives.

Category / Keywords: Cryptographic protocols / Zero knowledge, MPC, Coin Tossing

Date: received 9 Nov 2017, last revised 25 Apr 2018

Contact author: saikrishna at cs ucla edu

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Note: Improved assumptions and simplified analysis.

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