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The knowledge complexity of interactive proof systems
 in Proc. 27th Annual Symposium on Foundations of Computer Science
, 1985
"... Abstract. Usually, a proof of a theorem contains more knowledge than the mere fact that the theorem is true. For instance, to prove that a graph is Hamiltonian it suffices to exhibit a Hamiltonian tour in it; however, this seems to contain more knowledge than the single bit Hamiltonian/nonHamiltoni ..."
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Abstract. Usually, a proof of a theorem contains more knowledge than the mere fact that the theorem is true. For instance, to prove that a graph is Hamiltonian it suffices to exhibit a Hamiltonian tour in it; however, this seems to contain more knowledge than the single bit Hamiltonian/nonHamiltonian. In this paper a computational complexity theory of the "knowledge " contained in a proof is developed. Zeroknowledge proofs are defined as those proofs that convey no additional knowledge other than the correctness of the proposition in question. Examples of zeroknowledge proof systems are given for the languages of quadratic residuosity and quadratic nonresiduosity. These are the first examples of zeroknowledge proofs for languages not known to be efficiently recognizable. Key words, cryptography, zero knowledge, interactive proofs, quadratic residues AMS(MOS) subject classifications. 68Q15, 94A60 1. Introduction. It is often regarded that saying a language L is in NP (that is, acceptable in nondeterministic polynomial time) is equivalent to saying that there is a polynomial time "proof system " for L. The proof system we have in mind is one where on input x, a "prover " creates a string a, and the "verifier " then computes on x and a in time polynomial in the length of the binary representation of x to check that
NonDeterministic Exponential Time has TwoProver Interactive Protocols
"... We determine the exact power of twoprover interactive proof systems introduced by BenOr, Goldwasser, Kilian, and Wigderson (1988). In this system, two allpowerful noncommunicating provers convince a randomizing polynomial time verifier in polynomial time that the input z belongs to the language ..."
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We determine the exact power of twoprover interactive proof systems introduced by BenOr, Goldwasser, Kilian, and Wigderson (1988). In this system, two allpowerful noncommunicating provers convince a randomizing polynomial time verifier in polynomial time that the input z belongs to the language L. It was previously suspected (and proved in a relativized sense) that coNPcomplete languages do not admit such proof systems. In sharp contrast, we show that the class of languages having twoprover interactive proof systems is nondeterministic exponential time. After the recent results that all languages in PSPACE have single prover interactive proofs (Lund, Fortnow, Karloff, Nisan, and Shamir), this represents a further step demonstrating the unexpectedly immense power of randomization and interaction in efficient provability. Indeed, it follows that multiple provers with coins are strictly stronger than without, since NEXP # NP. In particular, for the first time, provably polynomial time intractable languages turn out to admit “efficient proof systems’’ since NEXP # P. We show that to prove membership in languages in EXP, the honest provers need the power of EXP only. A consequence, linking more standard concepts of structural complexity, states that if EX P has polynomial size circuits then EXP = Cg = MA. The first part of the proof of the main result extends recent techniques of polynomial extrapolation of truth values used in the single prover case. The second part is a verification scheme for multilinearity of an nvariable function held by an oracle and can be viewed as an independent result on program verification. Its proof rests on combinatorial techniques including the estimation of the expansion rate of a graph.
Noninteractive ZeroKnowledge
 SIAM J. COMPUTING
, 1991
"... This paper investigates the possibility of disposing of interaction between prover and verifier in a zeroknowledge proof if they share beforehand a short random string. Without any assumption, it is proven that noninteractive zeroknowledge proofs exist for some numbertheoretic languages for which ..."
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This paper investigates the possibility of disposing of interaction between prover and verifier in a zeroknowledge proof if they share beforehand a short random string. Without any assumption, it is proven that noninteractive zeroknowledge proofs exist for some numbertheoretic languages for which no efficient algorithm is known. If deciding quadratic residuosity (modulo composite integers whose factorization is not known) is computationally hard, it is shown that the NPcomplete language of satisfiability also possesses noninteractive zeroknowledge proofs.
On Hiding Information from an Oracle
, 1989
"... : We consider the problem of computing with encrypted data. Player A wishes to know the value f(x) for some x but lacks the power to compute it. Player B has the power to compute f and is willing to send f(y) to A if she sends him y, for any y. Informally, an encryption scheme for the problem f is a ..."
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: We consider the problem of computing with encrypted data. Player A wishes to know the value f(x) for some x but lacks the power to compute it. Player B has the power to compute f and is willing to send f(y) to A if she sends him y, for any y. Informally, an encryption scheme for the problem f is a method by which A, using her inferior resources, can transform the cleartext instance x into an encrypted instance y, obtain f(y) from B, and infer f(x) from f(y) in such a way that B cannot infer x from y. When such an encryption scheme exists, we say that f is encryptable. The framework defined in this paper enables us to prove precise statements about what an encrypted instance hides and what it leaks, in an informationtheoretic sense. Our definitions are cast in the language of probability theory and do not involve assumptions such as the intractability of factoring or the existence of oneway functions. We use our framework to describe encryption schemes for some wellknown function...
On the Power of MultiProver Interactive Protocols
 Theoretical Computer Science
, 1988
"... this paper we consider a further generalization of the proof system model, due to BenOr, Goldwasser, Kilian and Wigderson [6], where instead of a single prover there may be many. This apparently gives the model additional power. The intuition for this may be seen by considering the case of two crim ..."
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this paper we consider a further generalization of the proof system model, due to BenOr, Goldwasser, Kilian and Wigderson [6], where instead of a single prover there may be many. This apparently gives the model additional power. The intuition for this may be seen by considering the case of two criminal suspects who are under interrogation to see if they are guilty of together robbing a bank. Of course they (the provers) are trying to convince Scotland Yard (the verifier) of their innocence. Assuming that they are in fact innocent, it is clear that their ability to convince the police of this is enhanced if they are questioned in separate rooms and can corroborate each other's stories without communicating. We shall see later in this paper that this sort of corroboration is the key to the additional power of multiple provers. Interactive proof systems have seen a number of important applications to cryptography [23, 22], algebraic complexity [3], program testing [7, 8] and distributed computation [16, 23]. For example, a chain of results concerning interactive proof systems [22, 3, 24, 9] conclude that if the graph isomorphism problem is NPcomplete then the polynomial time hierarchy collapses. Multipleprover interactive proof systems have also seen several important applications including the analysis of program testing [7, 4] and the complexity of approximation algorithms [14, 2, 1]. Brief summary of results: First we give a simple characterization of the power of the multiprover model in terms of probabilistic oracle Turing machines. Then we show that every language accepted by multiple prover interactive proof systems can be computed in nondeterministic exponential time. Babai, Fortnow and Lund [4] have since shown this bound is tight. We then show results like th...
Definitions And Properties Of ZeroKnowledge Proof Systems
 Journal of Cryptology
, 1994
"... In this paper we investigate some properties of zeroknowledge proofs, a notion introduced by Goldwasser, Micali and Rackoff. We introduce and classify two definitions of zeroknowledge: auxiliary \Gamma input zeroknowledge and blackbox \Gamma simulation zeroknowledge. We explain why auxiliaryinp ..."
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In this paper we investigate some properties of zeroknowledge proofs, a notion introduced by Goldwasser, Micali and Rackoff. We introduce and classify two definitions of zeroknowledge: auxiliary \Gamma input zeroknowledge and blackbox \Gamma simulation zeroknowledge. We explain why auxiliaryinput zeroknowledge is a definition more suitable for cryptographic applications than the original [GMR1] definition. In particular, we show that any protocol solely composed of subprotocols which are auxiliaryinput zeroknowledge is itself auxiliaryinput zeroknowledge. We show that blackboxsimulation zeroknowledge implies auxiliaryinput zeroknowledge (which in turn implies the [GMR1] definition). We argue that all known zeroknowledge proofs are in fact blackboxsimulation zeroknowledge (i.e., were proved zeroknowledge using blackboxsimulation of the verifier). As a result, all known zeroknowledge proof systems are shown to be auxiliaryinput zeroknowledge and can be used for cryptographic applications such as those in [GMW2]. We demonstrate the triviality of certain classes of zeroknowledge proof systems, in the sense that only languages in BPP have zeroknowledge proofs of these classes. In particular, we show that any language having a Las Vegas zeroknowledge proof system necessarily belongs to RP . We show that randomness of both the verifier and the prover, and nontriviality of the interaction are essential properties of (nontrivial) auxiliaryinput zeroknowledge proofs.
On the Limits of NonApproximability of Lattice Problems
, 1998
"... We show simple constantround interactive proof systems for problems capturing the approximability, to within a factor of p n, of optimization problems in integer lattices; specifically, the closest vector problem (CVP), and the shortest vector problem (SVP). These interactive proofs are for th ..."
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We show simple constantround interactive proof systems for problems capturing the approximability, to within a factor of p n, of optimization problems in integer lattices; specifically, the closest vector problem (CVP), and the shortest vector problem (SVP). These interactive proofs are for the "coNP direction"; that is, we give an interactive protocol showing that a vector is "far" from the lattice (for CVP), and an interactive protocol showing that the shortestlatticevector is "long" (for SVP). Furthermore, these interactive proof systems are HonestVerifier Perfect ZeroKnowledge. We conclude that approximating CVP (resp., SVP) within a factor of p n is in NP " coAM. Thus, it seems unlikely that approximating these problems to within a p n factor is NPhard. Previously, for the CVP (resp., SVP) problem, Lagarias et. al., Hastad and Banaszczyk showed that the gap problem corresponding to approximating CVP (resp., SVP) within n is in NP " coNP . On the other hand, Ar...
Statistical ZeroKnowledge Languages Can Be Recognized in Two Rounds
 Journal of Computer and System Sciences
, 1991
"... : Recently, a hierarchy of probabilistic complexity classes generalizing NP has emerged in the work of Babai [B], and Goldwasser, Micali, and Rackoff [GMR1], and Goldwasser and Sipser [GS]. The class IP is defined through the computational model of an interactive proververifier pair. Both Turing ma ..."
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: Recently, a hierarchy of probabilistic complexity classes generalizing NP has emerged in the work of Babai [B], and Goldwasser, Micali, and Rackoff [GMR1], and Goldwasser and Sipser [GS]. The class IP is defined through the computational model of an interactive proververifier pair. Both Turing machines in a pair receive a common input and exchange messages. Every move of the verifier as well as its final determination of whether to accept or reject w are the result of random polynomial time computations on the input and all messages sent so far. The prover has no resource bounds. A language, L, is in IP if there is a proververifier pair such that: 1.) when w 2 L, the verifier accepts with probability at least 1 \Gamma 2 \Gammajwj and, 2.) when w 62 L, the verifier interacting with any prover accepts with probability at most 2 \Gammajwj . Such a proververifier pair is called an interactive proof for L. In addition to defining interactive proofs, Goldwasser, Micali, and Rackoff...
ConstantRound Perfect ZeroKnowledge Computationally Convincing Protocols
, 1991
"... A perfect zeroknowledge interactive protocol allows a prover to convince a verifier of the validity of a statement in a way that does not give the verifier any additional information [GMR,GMW]. Such protocols take place by the exchange of messages back and forth between the prover and the verifier. ..."
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A perfect zeroknowledge interactive protocol allows a prover to convince a verifier of the validity of a statement in a way that does not give the verifier any additional information [GMR,GMW]. Such protocols take place by the exchange of messages back and forth between the prover and the verifier. An important measure of efficiency for these protocols is the number of rounds in the interaction. In previously known perfect zeroknowledge protocols for statements concerning NPcomplete problems [BCC], at least k rounds were necessary in order to prevent one party from having a probability of undetected cheating greater than 2 \Gammak . In this paper, we give the first perfect zeroknowledge protocol that offers arbitrarily high security for any statement in NP with a constant number of rounds. The protocol is computationally convincing (rather than statistically convincing as would have been an interactive proofsystem in the sense of Goldwasser, Micali and Rackoff) because the ver...
Statistical zeroknowledge proofs with efficient provers: Lattice problems and more
 In CRYPTO
, 2003
"... Abstract. We construct several new statistical zeroknowledge proofs with efficient provers, i.e. ones where the prover strategy runs in probabilistic polynomial time given an NP witness for the input string. Our first proof systems are for approximate versions of the Shortest Vector Problem (SVP) a ..."
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Abstract. We construct several new statistical zeroknowledge proofs with efficient provers, i.e. ones where the prover strategy runs in probabilistic polynomial time given an NP witness for the input string. Our first proof systems are for approximate versions of the Shortest Vector Problem (SVP) and Closest Vector Problem (CVP), where the witness is simply a short vector in the lattice or a lattice vector close to the target, respectively. Our proof systems are in fact proofs of knowledge, and as a result, we immediately obtain efficient latticebased identification schemes which can be implemented with arbitrary families of lattices in which the approximate SVP or CVP are hard. We then turn to the general question of whether all problems in SZK ∩ NP admit statistical zeroknowledge proofs with efficient provers. Towards this end, we give a statistical zeroknowledge proof system with an efficient prover for a natural restriction of Statistical Difference, a complete problem for SZK. We also suggest a plausible approach to resolving the general question in the positive. 1