Cryptology ePrint Archive: Report 2019/626

Simultaneous Amplification: The Case of Non-Interactive Zero-Knowledge

Vipul Goyal and Aayush Jain and Amit Sahai

Abstract: In this work, we explore the question of simultaneous privacy and soundness amplification for non-interactive zero-knowledge argument systems (NIZK). We show that any $\delta_s-$sound and $\delta_z-$zero-knowledge NIZK candidate satisfying $\delta_s+\delta_z=1-\epsilon$, for any constant $\epsilon>0$, can be turned into a computationally sound and zero-knowledge candidate with the only extra assumption of a subexponentially secure public-key encryption.

We develop novel techniques to leverage the use of leakage simulation lemma (Jetchev-Peitzrak TCC 2014) to argue amplification. A crucial component of our result is a new notion for secret sharing $\mathsf{NP}$ instances. We believe that this may be of independent interest.

To achieve this result we analyze following two transformations:

- Parallel Repetition: We show that using parallel repetition any $\delta_s-$sound and $\delta_z-$zero-knowledge NIZK candidate can be turned into (roughly) $\delta^n_s-$sound and $1-(1-\delta_{z})^n-$zero-knowledge candidate. Here $n$ is the repetition parameter.

- MPC based Repetition: We propose a new transformation that amplifies zero-knowledge in the same way that parallel repetition amplifies soundness. We show that using this any $\delta_s-$sound and $\delta_z-$zero-knowledge NIZK candidate can be turned into (roughly) $1-(1-\delta_s)^n-$sound and $2\cdot \delta^n_{z}-$zero-knowledge candidate.

Then we show that using these transformations in a zig-zag fashion we can obtain our result. Finally, we also present a simple transformation which directly turns any NIZK candidate satisfying $\delta_s,\delta_z<1/3 -1/\textrm{poly}(\lambda)$ to a secure one.

Category / Keywords: NIZK, Security Amplification

Original Publication (in the same form): IACR-CRYPTO-2019

Date: received 1 Jun 2019

Contact author: vipul at cmu edu, aayushjain@cs ucla edu, sahai@cs ucla edu

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