Paper 2021/587

PrORAM: Fast $O(\log n)$ Private Coin ZK ORAM

David Heath and Vladimir Kolesnikov


We construct a concretely efficient Zero Knowledge (ZK) Oblivious RAM (ORAM) that consumes $2 \log n$ oblivious transfers (OTs) of length-$2\sigma$ secrets per access of an arithmetic value, for statistical security parameter $\sigma$ and array size $n$. This is an asymptotic and concrete improvement over previous best (concretely efficient) ZK ORAM Bub- bleRAM of Heath and Kolesnikov ([HK20a], CCS 2020), whose access cost is $1/2 \log^2 n$ OTs of length-$2\sigma$ secrets. ZK ORAM is essential for proving statements that are best expressed as RAM programs, rather than Boolean or arithmetic circuits. Our construction is private-coin ZK. We integrate it with [HK20a]’s ZK Proof (ZKP) protocol and prove the resulting ZKP system secure. We implemented PrORAM in C++. Compared to the state-of-the-art BubbleRAM, our PrORAM is $~10\times$ faster for arrays of size $2^{20}$ of $40$-bit values.

Available format(s)
Cryptographic protocols
Publication info
Published elsewhere. Minor revision.Asiacrypt 2021
Oblivious RAMZero Knowledge
Contact author(s)
heath davidanthony @ gatech edu
kolesnikov @ gatech edu
2021-09-14: revised
2021-05-10: received
See all versions
Short URL
Creative Commons Attribution


      author = {David Heath and Vladimir Kolesnikov},
      title = {PrORAM: Fast $O(\log n)$ Private Coin ZK ORAM},
      howpublished = {Cryptology ePrint Archive, Paper 2021/587},
      year = {2021},
      note = {\url{}},
      url = {}
Note: In order to protect the privacy of readers, does not use cookies or embedded third party content.