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Author Dwork, Cynthia ♦ Naor, Moni ♦ Reingold, Omer ♦ Stockmeyer, Larry
Source ACM Digital Library
Content type Text
Publisher Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
File Format PDF
Copyright Year ©2003
Language English
Subject Domain (in DDC) Computer science, information & general works ♦ Data processing & computer science
Subject Keyword Digital signature ♦ Fiat-Shamir methodology ♦ Interactive argument ♦ Interactive proof system ♦ Magic function ♦ Selective decommitment ♦ Zero knowledge
Abstract We prove that three apparently unrelated fundamental problems in distributed computing, cryptography, and complexity theory, are essentially the same problem. These three problems and brief descriptions of them follow. (1) The selective decommitment problem. An adversary is given commitments to a collection of messages, and the adversary can ask for some subset of the commitments to be opened. The question is whether seeing the decommitments to these open plaintexts allows the adversary to learn something unexpected about the plaintexts that are unopened. (2) The power of 3-round weak zero-knowledge arguments. The question is what can be proved in (a possibly weakened form of) zero-knowledge in a 3-round argument. In particular, is there a language outside of BPP that has a 3-round public-coin weak zero-knowledge argument? (3) The Fiat-Shamir methodology. This is a method for converting a 3-round public-coin argument (viewed as an identification scheme) to a 1-round signature scheme. The method requires what we call a "magic function" that the signer applies to the first-round message of the argument to obtain a second-round message (queries from the verifier). An open question here is whether every 3-round public-coin argument for a language outside of BPP has a magic function.It follows easily from definitions that if a 3-round public-coin argument system is zero-knowledge in the standard (fairly strong) sense, then it has no magic function. We define a weakening of zero-knowledge such that zero-knowledge ⇒ no-magic-function still holds. For this weakened form of zero-knowledge, we give a partial converse: informally, if a 3-round public-coin argument system is not weakly zero-knowledge, then some form of magic is possible for this argument system. We obtain our definition of weak zero-knowledge by a sequence of weakenings of the standard definition, forming a hierarchy. Intermediate forms of zero-knowledge in this hierarchy are reasonable ones, and they may be useful in applications. Finally, we relate the selective decommitment problem to public-coin proof systems and arguments at an intermediate level of the hierarchy, and obtain several positive security results for selective decommitment.
ISSN 00045411
Age Range 18 to 22 years ♦ above 22 year
Educational Use Research
Education Level UG and PG
Learning Resource Type Article
Publisher Date 2003-11-01
Publisher Place New York
e-ISSN 1557735X
Journal Journal of the ACM (JACM)
Volume Number 50
Issue Number 6
Page Count 70
Starting Page 852
Ending Page 921


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