Cryptology ePrint Archive: Report 2021/1377

Fiat-Shamir Transformation of Multi-Round Interactive Proofs

Thomas Attema and Serge Fehr and Michael Klooß

Abstract: The celebrated Fiat-Shamir transformation turns any public-coin interactive proof into an non-interactive one, which inherits the main security properties (in the random oracle model) of the interactive version. While originally considered in the context of 3-move public-coin interactive proofs, i.e., so-called $\Sigma$-protocols, it is now applied to multi-round protocols as well. Unfortunately, the security loss for a $(2\mu + 1)$-move protocol is, in general, $Q^\mu$, where $Q$ is the number of oracle queries performed by the attacker. In general, this is the best one can hope for, as it is easy to see that this loss applies to the $\mu$-fold sequential repetition of $\Sigma$-protocols, but it raises the question whether certain (natural) classes of interactive proofs feature a milder security loss.

In this work, we give positive and negative results on this question. On the positive side, we show that for $(k_1, \ldots, k_\mu)$-special-sound protocols (which cover a broad class of use cases), the knowledge error degrades linearly in $Q$ (instead of $Q^\mu$). On the negative side, we show that for $t$-fold parallel repetitions of typical $(k_1, \ldots, k_\mu)$-special-sound protocols, there is an attack which results in a security loss of about $(Q/\mu)^\mu \mu^{-t}$, assuming for simplicity that $t$ is an integer multiple of $\mu$.

Category / Keywords: cryptographic protocols / (Non) Interactive Proofs, Special-Soundness, Fiat-Shamir Transformation

Date: received 11 Oct 2021, last revised 11 Oct 2021

Contact author: thomas attema at tno nl, serge fehr at cwi nl, michael klooss at kit edu

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