Cryptology ePrint Archive: Report 2020/223

Compact NIZKs from Standard Assumptions on Bilinear Maps

Shuichi Katsumata and Ryo Nishimaki and Shota Yamada and Takashi Yamakawa

Abstract: A non-interactive zero-knowledge (NIZK) protocol enables a prover to convince a verifier of the truth of a statement without leaking any other information by sending a single message. The main focus of this work is on exploring short pairing-based NIZKs for all NP languages based on standard assumptions. In this regime, the seminal work of Groth, Ostrovsky, and Sahai (J.ACM'12) (GOS-NIZK) is still considered to be the state-of-the-art. Although fairly efficient, one drawback of GOS-NIZK is that the proof size is multiplicative in the circuit size computing the NP relation. That is, the proof size grows by $O(|C|\lambda)$, where $C$ is the circuit for the NP relation and $\lambda$ is the security parameter. By now, there have been numerous follow-up works focusing on shortening the proof size of pairing-based NIZKs, however, thus far, all works come at the cost of relying either on a non-standard knowledge-type assumption or a non-static $q$-type assumption. Specifically, improving the proof size of the original GOS-NIZK under the same standard assumption has remained as an open problem.

Our main result is a construction of a pairing-based NIZK for all of NP whose proof size is additive in $|C|$, that is, the proof size only grows by $|C| +\poly(\lambda)$, based on the decisional linear (DLIN) assumption. Since the DLIN assumption is the same assumption underlying GOS-NIZK, our NIZK is a strict improvement on their proof size.

As by-products of our main result, we also obtain the following two results: (1) We construct a perfectly zero-knowledge NIZK (NIPZK) for NP relations computable in NC1 with proof size $|w| \cdot \poly(\lambda)$ where $|w|$ is the witness length based on the DLIN assumption. This is the first pairing-based NIPZK for a non-trivial class of NP languages whose proof size is independent of $|C|$ based on a standard assumption. (2)~We construct a universally composable (UC) NIZK for NP relations computable in NC1 in the erasure-free adaptive setting whose proof size is $|w| \cdot \poly(\lambda)$ from the DLIN assumption. This is an improvement over the recent result of Katsumata, Nishimaki, Yamada, and Yamakawa (CRYPTO'19), which gave a similar result based on a non-static $q$-type assumption.

The main building block for all of our NIZKs is a constrained signature scheme with decomposable online-offline efficiency. This is a property which we newly introduce in this paper and construct from the DLIN assumption. We believe this construction is of an independent interest.

Category / Keywords: foundations / non-interactive zero-knowledge, DLIN, attribute-based encryption, constrained signature

Original Publication (with major differences): IACR-EUROCRYPT-2020

Date: received 19 Feb 2020, last revised 1 Jun 2020

Contact author: shuichi katsumata at aist go jp,ryo nishimaki@gmail com,yamada-shota@aist go jp,takashi yamakawa ga@hco ntt co jp

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Note: Added remarks on NC1 decryptable SKE (6/2/2020)

Version: 20200602:042026 (All versions of this report)

Short URL: ia.cr/2020/223


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