Paper 2017/778

MCMix: Anonymous Messaging via Secure Multiparty Computation

Nikolaos Alexopoulos, Aggelos Kiayias, Riivo Talviste, and Thomas Zacharias


We present ‘MCMix’, an anonymous messaging system that completely hides communication metadata and can scale in the order of hundreds of thousands of users. Our approach is to isolate two suitable functionalities, called dialing and conversation, that when used in succession realize anonymous messaging. With this as a starting point, we apply secure multiparty computation (``MC'' or MPC) and proceed to realize them. We present an implementation using a prevalent MPC system (Sharemind) that is competitive in terms of latency with previous messaging systems that only offer much weaker privacy guarantees. Our solution can be instantiated in a variety of different ways with different MPC implementations, overall illustrating how MPC is a viable and competitive alternative to mix-nets and DC-nets for anonymous communication.

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Published elsewhere. Major revision. 26th USENIX Security Symposium
anonymitymessagingmultiparty computation
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tzachari @ inf ed ac uk
2017-08-16: revised
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      author = {Nikolaos Alexopoulos and Aggelos Kiayias and Riivo Talviste and Thomas Zacharias},
      title = {MCMix: Anonymous Messaging via Secure Multiparty Computation},
      howpublished = {Cryptology ePrint Archive, Paper 2017/778},
      year = {2017},
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