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Universally composable security: A new paradigm for cryptographic protocols
, 2013
"... We present a general framework for representing cryptographic protocols and analyzing their security. The framework allows specifying the security requirements of practically any cryptographic task in a unified and systematic way. Furthermore, in this framework the security of protocols is preserved ..."
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We present a general framework for representing cryptographic protocols and analyzing their security. The framework allows specifying the security requirements of practically any cryptographic task in a unified and systematic way. Furthermore, in this framework the security of protocols is preserved under a general protocol composition operation, called universal composition. The proposed framework with its securitypreserving composition operation allows for modular design and analysis of complex cryptographic protocols from relatively simple building blocks. Moreover, within this framework, protocols are guaranteed to maintain their security in any context, even in the presence of an unbounded number of arbitrary protocol instances that run concurrently in an adversarially controlled manner. This is a useful guarantee, that allows arguing about the security of cryptographic protocols in complex and unpredictable environments such as modern communication networks.
How to Go Beyond the BlackBox Simulation Barrier
 In 42nd FOCS
, 2001
"... The simulation paradigm is central to cryptography. A simulator is an algorithm that tries to simulate the interaction of the adversary with an honest party, without knowing the private input of this honest party. Almost all known simulators use the adversary’s algorithm as a blackbox. We present t ..."
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The simulation paradigm is central to cryptography. A simulator is an algorithm that tries to simulate the interaction of the adversary with an honest party, without knowing the private input of this honest party. Almost all known simulators use the adversary’s algorithm as a blackbox. We present the first constructions of nonblackbox simulators. Using these new nonblackbox techniques we obtain several results that were previously proven to be impossible to obtain using blackbox simulators. Specifically, assuming the existence of collision resistent hash functions, we construct a new zeroknowledge argument system for NP that satisfies the following properties: 1. This system has a constant number of rounds with negligible soundness error. 2. It remains zero knowledge even when composed concurrently n times, where n is the security parameter. Simultaneously obtaining 1 and 2 has been recently proven to be impossible to achieve using blackbox simulators. 3. It is an ArthurMerlin (public coins) protocol. Simultaneously obtaining 1 and 3 was known to be impossible to achieve with a blackbox simulator. 4. It has a simulator that runs in strict polynomial time, rather than in expected polynomial time. All previously known constantround, negligibleerror zeroknowledge arguments utilized expected polynomialtime simulators.
On the Composition of ZeroKnowledge Proof Systems
 SIAM Journal on Computing
, 1990
"... : The wide applicability of zeroknowledge interactive proofs comes from the possibility of using these proofs as subroutines in cryptographic protocols. A basic question concerning this use is whether the (sequential and/or parallel) composition of zeroknowledge protocols is zeroknowledge too. We ..."
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: The wide applicability of zeroknowledge interactive proofs comes from the possibility of using these proofs as subroutines in cryptographic protocols. A basic question concerning this use is whether the (sequential and/or parallel) composition of zeroknowledge protocols is zeroknowledge too. We demonstrate the limitations of the composition of zeroknowledge protocols by proving that the original definition of zeroknowledge is not closed under sequential composition; and that even the strong formulations of zeroknowledge (e.g. blackbox simulation) are not closed under parallel execution. We present lower bounds on the round complexity of zeroknowledge proofs, with significant implications to the parallelization of zeroknowledge protocols. We prove that 3round interactive proofs and constantround ArthurMerlin proofs that are blackbox simulation zeroknowledge exist only for languages in BPP. In particular, it follows that the "parallel versions" of the first interactive proo...
BlackBox Concurrent ZeroKnowledge Requires (almost) Logarithmically Many Rounds
 SIAM Journal on Computing
, 2002
"... We show that any concurrent zeroknowledge protocol for a nontrivial language (i.e., for a language outside BPP), whose security is proven via blackbox simulation, must use at least ~ \Omega\Gamma/10 n) rounds of interaction. This result achieves a substantial improvement over previous lower bound ..."
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We show that any concurrent zeroknowledge protocol for a nontrivial language (i.e., for a language outside BPP), whose security is proven via blackbox simulation, must use at least ~ \Omega\Gamma/10 n) rounds of interaction. This result achieves a substantial improvement over previous lower bounds, and is the first bound to rule out the possibility of constantround concurrent zeroknowledge when proven via blackbox simulation. Furthermore, the bound is polynomially related to the number of rounds in the best known concurrent zeroknowledge protocol for languages in NP (which is established via blackbox simulation).
Parallel CoinTossing and ConstantRound Secure TwoParty Computation
 Journal of Cryptology
, 2001
"... Abstract. In this paper we show that any twoparty functionality can be securely computed in a constant number of rounds, where security is obtained against malicious adversaries that may arbitrarily deviate from the protocol specification. This is in contrast to Yao’s constantround protocol that e ..."
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Abstract. In this paper we show that any twoparty functionality can be securely computed in a constant number of rounds, where security is obtained against malicious adversaries that may arbitrarily deviate from the protocol specification. This is in contrast to Yao’s constantround protocol that ensures security only in the face of semihonest adversaries, and to its malicious adversary version that requires a polynomial number of rounds. In order to obtain our result, we present a constantround protocol for secure cointossing of polynomially many coins (in parallel). We then show how this protocol can be used in conjunction with other existing constructions in order to obtain a constantround protocol for securely computing any twoparty functionality. On the subject of cointossing, we also present a constantround perfect cointossing protocol, where by “perfect ” we mean that the resulting coins are guaranteed to be statistically close to uniform (and not just pseudorandom). 1
SessionKey Generation using Human Passwords Only
, 2001
"... We present sessionkey generation protocols in a model where the legitimate parties share only a humanmemorizable password. The security guarantee holds with respect to probabilistic polynomialtime adversaries that control the communication channel (between the parties), and may omit, insert and ..."
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We present sessionkey generation protocols in a model where the legitimate parties share only a humanmemorizable password. The security guarantee holds with respect to probabilistic polynomialtime adversaries that control the communication channel (between the parties), and may omit, insert and modify messages at their choice. Loosely speaking, the effect of such an adversary that attacks an execution of our protocol is comparable to an attack in which an adversary is only allowed to make a constant number of queries of the form “is w the password of Party A”. We stress that the result holds also in case the passwords are selected at random from a small dictionary so that it is feasible (for the adversary) to scan the entire directory. We note that prior to our result, it was not clear whether or not such protocols were attainable without the use of random oracles or additional setup assumptions.
Resettable ZeroKnowledge
 In 32nd STOC
, 1999
"... We introduce the notion of Resettable ZeroKnowledge (rZK), a new security measure for cryptographic protocols which strengthens the classical notion of zeroknowledge. In essence, an rZK protocol is one that remains zero knowledge even if an adversary can interact with the prover many times, eac ..."
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We introduce the notion of Resettable ZeroKnowledge (rZK), a new security measure for cryptographic protocols which strengthens the classical notion of zeroknowledge. In essence, an rZK protocol is one that remains zero knowledge even if an adversary can interact with the prover many times, each time resetting the prover to its initial state and forcing him to use the same random tape.
An Efficient Protocol for Secure TwoParty Computation in the Presence of Malicious Adversaries
 In EUROCRYPT 2007, SpringerVerlag (LNCS 4515
, 2007
"... We show an efficient secure twoparty protocol, based on Yao’s construction, which provides security against malicious adversaries. Yao’s original protocol is only secure in the presence of semihonest adversaries, and can be transformed into a protocol that achieves security against malicious adver ..."
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We show an efficient secure twoparty protocol, based on Yao’s construction, which provides security against malicious adversaries. Yao’s original protocol is only secure in the presence of semihonest adversaries, and can be transformed into a protocol that achieves security against malicious adversaries by applying the compiler of Goldreich, Micali and Wigderson (the “GMW compiler”). However, this approach does not seem to be very practical as it requires using generic zeroknowledge proofs. Our construction is based on applying cutandchoose techniques to the original circuit and inputs. Security is proved according to the ideal/real simulation paradigm, and the proof is in the standard model (with no random oracle model or common reference string assumptions). The resulting protocol is computationally efficient: the only usage of asymmetric cryptography is for running O(1) oblivious transfers for each input bit (or for each bit of a statistical security parameter, whichever is larger). Our protocol combines techniques from folklore (like cutandchoose) along with new techniques for efficiently proving consistency of inputs. We remark that a naive implementation of the cutandchoose technique with Yao’s protocol does not yield a
Practical and ProvablySecure Commitment Schemes from CollisionFree Hashing
 in Advances in Cryptology  CRYPTO96, Lecture Notes in Computer Science 1109
, 1996
"... . We present a very practical stringcommitment scheme which is provably secure based solely on collisionfree hashing. Our scheme enables a computationally bounded party to commit strings to an unbounded one, and is optimal (within a small constant factor) in terms of interaction, communication, a ..."
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. We present a very practical stringcommitment scheme which is provably secure based solely on collisionfree hashing. Our scheme enables a computationally bounded party to commit strings to an unbounded one, and is optimal (within a small constant factor) in terms of interaction, communication, and computation. Our result also proves that constant round statistical zeroknowledge arguments and constantround computational zeroknowledge proofs for NP exist based on the existence of collisionfree hash functions. 1 Introduction String commitment is a fundamental primitive for cryptographic protocols. A commitment scheme is an electronic way to temporarily hide a value that cannot be changed. Such a scheme emulates by means of a protocol the following twostage process. In Stage 1 (the Commit stage), a party called the Sender locks a message in a box, and sends the locked box to another party called the receiver. In Stage 2 (the Decommit stage), the Sender provides the Receiver with ...
Concurrent ZeroKnowledge: Reducing the Need for Timing Constraints
 In Crypto98, Springer LNCS 1462
, 1998
"... Abstract. An interactive proof system (or argument) (P, V)isconcurrent zeroknowledge if whenever the prover engages in polynomially many concurrent executions of (P, V), with (possibly distinct) colluding polynomial time bounded verifiers V1,...,Vpoly(n), the entire undertaking is zeroknowledge. D ..."
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Abstract. An interactive proof system (or argument) (P, V)isconcurrent zeroknowledge if whenever the prover engages in polynomially many concurrent executions of (P, V), with (possibly distinct) colluding polynomial time bounded verifiers V1,...,Vpoly(n), the entire undertaking is zeroknowledge. Dwork, Naor, and Sahai recently showed the existence of a large class of concurrent zeroknowledge arguments, including arguments for all of NP, under a reasonable assumption on the behavior of clocks of nonfaulty processors. In this paper, we continue the study of concurrent zeroknowledge arguments. After observing that, without recourse to timing, the existence of a trusted center considerably simplifies the design and proof of many concurrent zeroknowledge arguments (again including arguments for all of NP), we design a preprocessing protocol protocol, making use of timing, to simulate the trusted center for the purposes of achieving concurrent zeroknowledge. Once a particular prover and verifier have executed the preprocessing protocol protocol, any polynomial number of subsequent executions of a rich class of protocols will be concurrent zeroknowledge. 1