Cryptology ePrint Archive: Report 2021/438

More Efficient Shuffle Argument from Unique Factorization

Toomas Krips and Helger Lipmaa

Abstract: Efficient shuffle arguments are essential in mixnet-based e-voting solutions. Terelius and Wikström (TW) proposed a 5-round shuffle argument based on unique factorization in polynomial rings. Their argument is available as the Verificatum software solution for real-world developers, and has been used in real-world elections. It is also the fastest non-patented shuffle argument. We will use the same basic idea as TW but significantly optimize their approach. We generalize the TW characterization of permutation matrices; this enables us to reduce the communication without adding too much to the computation. We make the TW shuffle argument computationally more efficient by using Groth's coefficient-product argument (JOC, 2010). Additionally, we use batching techniques. The resulting shuffle argument is the fastest known $\leq 5$-message shuffle argument, and, depending on the implementation, can be faster than Groth's argument (the fastest 7-message shuffle argument).

Category / Keywords: cryptographic protocols / Mix-net, shuffle argument, unique factorization

Original Publication (in the same form): CT-RSA 2021

Date: received 3 Apr 2021

Contact author: helger lipmaa at gmail com

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Version: 20210406:072733 (All versions of this report)

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