Paper 2020/747

Communication-Efficient (Proactive) Secure Computation for Dynamic General Adversary Structures and Dynamic Groups

Karim Eldefrawy, Seoyeon Hwang, Rafail Ostrovsky, and Moti Yung


In modern distributed systems, an adversary’s limitations when corrupting subsets of servers may not necessarily be based on threshold constraints, but rather based on other technical or organizational characteristics in the systems. This means that the corruption patterns (and thus protection guarantees) are not based on the adversary being limited by a threshold, but on the adversary being limited by other constraints, in particular by what is known as a General Adversary Structure (GAS). We consider efficient secure multiparty computation (MPC) under such dynamically-changing GAS settings. During these changes, one desires to protect against and during corruption profile change, which renders some (secret sharing-based) encoding schemes underlying the MPC protocol more efficient than others when operating with the (currently) considered GAS. One of our contributions is a set of novel protocols to efficiently and securely convert back and forth between different MPC schemes for GAS; this process is often called share conversion. Specifically, we consider two MPC schemes, one based on additive secret sharing and the other based on Monotone Span Programs (MSP). The ability to efficiently convert between the secret sharing representations of these MPC schemes enables us to construct the first communication-efficient structure-adaptive proactive MPC protocol for dynamic GAS settings. By structure-adaptive, we mean that the choice of the MPC protocol to execute in future rounds after the GAS is changed (as specified by an administrative entity) is chosen to ensure communication-efficiency (the typical bottleneck in MPC). Furthermore, since such secure collaborative computing may be long-lived, we consider the mobile adversary setting, often called the proactive security setting. As our second contribution, we construct communication-efficient MPC protocols that can adapt to the proactive security setting. Proactive security assumes that at each (well defined) period of time the adversary corrupts different parties and over time may visit the entire system and corrupt all parties, provided that in each period it controls groups obeying the GAS constraints. In our protocol, the shares can be refreshed, meaning that parties receive new shares reconstructing the same secret, and some parties who lost their shares because of the reboot/resetting can recover their shares. As our third contribution, we consider another aspect of global long-term computations, namely, that of the dynamic groups. It is worth pointing out that such a setting with dynamic groups and GAS was not dealt with in existing literature on (proactive) MPC. In dynamic group settings, parties can be added and eliminated from the computation, under different GAS restrictions. We extend our protocols to this additional dynamic group settings defined by different GAS.

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secure multiparty computationsecret sharingshare conversiondynamic general adversary structuresmonotone span programsproactive security
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karim eldefrawy @ sri com
seoyh1 @ uci edu
rafail @ cs ucla edu
motiyung @ gmail com
2020-07-07: revised
2020-06-21: received
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      author = {Karim Eldefrawy and Seoyeon Hwang and Rafail Ostrovsky and Moti Yung},
      title = {Communication-Efficient (Proactive) Secure Computation for Dynamic General Adversary Structures and Dynamic Groups},
      howpublished = {Cryptology ePrint Archive, Paper 2020/747},
      year = {2020},
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