## CryptoDB

### Eduardo Soria-Vazquez

#### Publications

**Year**

**Venue**

**Title**

2023

TCC

Taming Adaptivity in YOSO Protocols: The Modular Way
Abstract

YOSO-style MPC protocols (Gentry et al., Crypto’21), is a promising framework where the overall computation is partitioned into small, short-lived pieces, delegated to subsets of one-time stateless parties. Such protocols enable gaining from the security benefits provided by using a large community of participants where “mass corruption” of a large fraction of participants is considered unlikely, while keeping the computational and communication costs manageable. However, fully realizing and analyzing YOSO-style protocols has proven to be challenging: While different components have been defined and realized in various works, there is a dearth of protocols that have reasonable efficiency and enjoy full end to end security against adaptive adversaries.
The YOSO model separates the protocol design, specifying the short-lived responsibilities, from the mechanisms assigning these responsibilities to machines participating in the computation. These protocol designs must then be translated to run directly on the machines, while preserving security guarantees. We provide a versatile and modular framework for analyzing the security of YOSO-style protocols, and show how to use it to compile any protocol design that is secure against static corruptions of t out of c parties, into protocols that withstand adaptive corruption of T out of N machines (where T/N is closely related to t/c, specifically when t/c < 0.5, we tolerate T/N ≤ 0.29) at overall communication cost that is comparable to that of the traditional protocol even when c << N.
Furthermore, we demonstrate how to minimize the use of costly non-committing encryption,
thereby keeping the computational and communication overhead manageable even in practical terms, while still providing end to end security analysis. Combined with existing approaches for transforming stateful protocols into stateless ones while preserving static security (e.g. Gentry et al. 21, Kolby et al. 22), we obtain end to end security.

2023

JOFC

Rinocchio: SNARKs for Ring Arithmetic
Abstract

Succinct non-interactive arguments of knowledge (SNARKs) enable non-interactive efficient verification of NP computations and admit short proofs. However, all current SNARK constructions assume that the statements to be proven can be efficiently represented as either Boolean or arithmetic circuits over finite fields. For most constructions, the choice of the prime field $${\mathbb {F}}_{p}$$ F p is limited by the existence of groups of matching order for which secure bilinear maps exist. In this work, we overcome such restrictions and enable verifying computations over rings. We construct the first designated-verifier SNARK for statements which are represented as circuits over a broader kind of commutative rings. Our contribution is threefold: 1. We first introduce Quadratic Ring Programs (QRPs) as a characterization of NP where the arithmetic is over a ring. 2. Second, inspired by the framework in Gennaro et al. (in: Johansson and Nguyen (eds) EUROCRYPT 2013, volume 7881 of LNCS, pp 626–645. Springer, Heidelberg, 2013), we design SNARKs over rings in a modular way. We generalize preexistent assumptions employed in field-restricted SNARKs to encoding schemes over rings. As our encoding notion is generic in the choice of the ring, it is amenable to different settings. 3. Finally, we propose two applications for our SNARKs. Our first application is verifiable computation over encrypted data, specifically for evaluations of Ring-LWE-based homomorphic encryption schemes. In the second one, we use Rinocchio to naturally prove statements about circuits over, e.g., $${\mathbb {Z}}_{2^{64}}$$ Z 2 64 , which closely matches real-life computer architectures such as standard CPUs.

2022

TCC

Doubly Efficient Interactive Proofs over Infinite and Non-Commutative Rings
Abstract

We introduce the first proof system for layered arithmetic circuits
over an arbitrary ring $R$ that is (possibly) non-commutative and (possibly) infinite, while only requiring black-box access to its arithmetic and a subset $A \subseteq R$. Our construction only requires limited commutativity and regularity properties from $A$, similar to recent work on efficient information theoretic multi-party computation over non-commutative rings by Escudero and Soria-Vazquez (\emph{CRYPTO 2021}), but furthermore covering infinite rings.
We achieve our results through a generalization of GKR-style interactive proofs (Goldwasser, Kalai and Rothblum, \emph{Journal of the ACM}, 2015). When $A$ is a subset of the center of $R$, generalizations of the sum-check protocol and other building blocks are not too problematic.
The case when the elements of $A$ only commute with each other, on the other hand, introduces a series of challenges. In order to overcome those, we need to introduce a new definition of polynomial ring over a non-commutative ring, the notion of \emph{left} (and \emph{right}) multi-linear extensions, modify the layer consistency equation and adapt the sum-check protocol.
Despite these changes, our results are compatible with recent developments such as linear time provers. Moreover, for certain rings our construction achieves provers that run in \emph{sublinear} time in the circuit size. We obtain such result both for known cases, such as matrix and polynomial rings, as well as new ones, such as for some rings resulting from Clifford algebras. Besides efficiency improvements in computation and/or round complexity for several instantiations, the core conclusion of our results is that state of the art doubly efficient interactive proofs do not require much algebraic structure. This enables \emph{exact} rather than \emph{approximate} computation over infinite rings as well as ``agile" proof systems, where the black-box choice of the underlying ring can be easily switched through the software life cycle.

2022

JOFC

TinyKeys: A New Approach to Efficient Multi-Party Computation
Abstract

We present a new approach to designing concretely efficient MPC protocols with semi-honest security in the dishonest majority setting. Motivated by the fact that within the dishonest majority setting the efficiency of most practical protocols does not depend on the number of honest parties , we investigate how to construct protocols which improve in efficiency as the number of honest parties increases. Our central idea is to take a protocol which is secure for $$n-1$$ n - 1 corruptions and modify it to use short symmetric keys, with the aim of basing security on the concatenation of all honest parties’ keys. This results in a more efficient protocol tolerating fewer corruptions, whilst also introducing an LPN-style syndrome decoding assumption. We first apply this technique to a modified version of the semi-honest GMW protocol, using OT extension with short keys, to improve the efficiency of standard GMW with fewer corruptions. We also obtain more efficient constant-round MPC, using BMR-style garbled circuits with short keys, and present an implementation of the online phase of this protocol. Our techniques start to improve upon existing protocols when there are around $$n=10$$ n = 10 parties with $$h=4$$ h = 4 honest parties, and as these increase we obtain up to a 13 times reduction (for $$n=400,h=120$$ n = 400 , h = 120 ) in communication complexity for our GMW variant, compared with the best-known GMW-based protocol modified to use the same threshold.

2021

EUROCRYPT

Large Scale, Actively Secure Computation from LPN and Free-XOR Garbled Circuits
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Abstract

Whilst secure multiparty computation (MPC) based on garbled circuits is concretely efficient for
a small number of parties $n$, the gap between the complexity of practical protocols, which
is $O(n^2)$ per party, and the theoretical complexity, which is $O(n)$ per party, is prohibitive for large values of $n$.
In order to bridge this gap, Ben-Efraim, Lindell and Omri (ASIACRYPT 2017)
introduced a garbled-circuit-based MPC protocol with an almost-practical pre-processing, yielding $O(n)$ complexity per party.
However, this protocol is only passively secure and does not support
the free-XOR technique by Kolesnikov and Schneider (ICALP 2008), on which almost all practical garbled-circuit-based protocols rely on for their efficiency.
In this work, to further bridge the gap between theory and practice, we present a new $n$-party garbling technique based on a new variant of standard LPN-based encryption.
Using this approach we can describe two new garbled-circuit based protocols,
which have practical evaluation phases.
Both protocols are in the preprocessing model, have $O(n)$ complexity per party,
are actively secure and support the free-XOR technique.
The first protocol tolerates full threshold corruption and ensures the garbled circuit
contains no adversarially introduced errors, using a rather expensive garbling phase.
The second protocol assumes that at least $n/c$ of the parties are honest (for an
arbitrary fixed value $c$) and allows a significantly lighter preprocessing, at the cost of a small sacrifice in online efficiency.
We demonstrate the practicality of our approach with an implementation of the evaluation phase using different circuits.
We show that like the passively-secure protocol of Ben-Efraim, Lindell and Omri,
our approach starts to improve upon other practical protocols with $O(n^2)$ complexity when the number of parties is around $100$.

2021

CRYPTO

Efficient Information-Theoretic Multi-Party Computation over Non-Commutative Rings
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Abstract

We construct the first efficient MPC protocol that only requires black-box access to a non-commutative ring $R$.
Previous results in the same setting were efficient only either for a constant number of corruptions or when computing branching programs and formulas.
Our techniques are based on a generalization of Shamir's secret sharing to non-commutative rings, which we derive from the work on Reed Solomon codes by Quintin, Barbier and Chabot (\textit{IEEE Transactions on Information Theory, 2013}).
When the center of the ring contains a set $A = \{\alpha_0, \ldots, \alpha_n\}$ such that $\forall i \neq j, \alpha_i - \alpha_j \in R^*$, the resulting secret sharing scheme is strongly multiplicative and we can generalize existing constructions over finite fields without much trouble.
Most of our work is devoted to the case where the elements of $A$ do not commute with all of $R$, but they just commute with each other.
For such rings, the secret sharing scheme cannot be linear ``on both sides" and furthermore it is not multiplicative. Nevertheless, we are still able to build MPC protocols with a concretely efficient online phase and black-box access to $R$. As an example we consider the ring $\mathcal{M}_{m\times m}(\mathbb{Z}/2^k\mathbb{Z})$, for which when $m > \log(n+1)$, \enote{maybe adapt/simplify the following claim as the comparison requires some nuances} we obtain protocols that require around $\lceil\log(n+1)\rceil/2$ less communication and $2\lceil\log(n+1)\rceil$ less computation than the state of the art protocol based on Circuit Amortization Friendly Encodings (Dalskov, Lee and Soria-Vazquez, \textit{ASIACRYPT 2020}).
In this setting with a ``less commutative" $A$, our black-box preprocessing phase has a less practical complexity of $\poly(n)$. Due to this, we additionally provide specialized, concretely efficient preprocessing protocols for $R = \mathcal{M}_{m\times m}(\mathbb{Z}/2^k\mathbb{Z})$ that exploit the structure of the matrix ring.

2020

CRYPTO

Efficient Constant-Round MPC with Identifiable Abort and Public Verifiability
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Abstract

Recent years have seen a tremendous growth in the interest in se-
cure multiparty computation (MPC) and its applications. While much progress
has been made concerning its efficiency, many current, state-of-the-art protocols
are vulnerable to Denial of Service attacks, where a cheating party may prevent
the honest parties from learning the output of the computation, whilst remaining
anonymous. The security model of identifiable abort aims to prevent these at-
tacks, by allowing honest parties to agree upon the identity of a cheating party,
who can then be excluded in the future. Several existing MPC protocols offer
security with identifiable abort against a dishonest majority of corrupted parties.
However, all of these protocols have a round complexity that scales linearly with
the depth of the circuit (and are therefore unsuitable for use in high latency net-
works) or use cryptographic primitives or techniques that have a high computa-
tional overhead.
In this work, we present the first efficient MPC protocols with identifiable abort
in the dishonest majority setting, which run in a constant number of rounds and
make only black-box use of cryptographic primitives. Our main construction is
built from highly efficient primitives in a careful way to achieve identifiability
at a low cost. In particular, we avoid the use of public-key operations outside of
a setup phase, incurring a relatively low overhead on top of the fastest currently
known constant-round MPC protocols based on garbled circuits. Our construction
also avoids the use of adaptively secure primitives and heavy zero-knowledge
machinery, which was inherent in previous works. In addition, we show how to
upgrade our protocol to achieve public verifiability using a public bulletin board,
allowing any external party to verify correctness of the computation or identify a
cheating party.

2020

ASIACRYPT

Circuit Amortization Friendly Encodings and their Application to Statistically Secure Multiparty Computation
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Abstract

At CRYPTO 2018, Cascudo et al. introduced Reverse Multiplication Friendly Embeddings (RMFEs). These are a mechanism to compute $\delta$ parallel evaluations of the same arithmetic circuit over a field $\mathbb{F}_q$ at the cost of a single evaluation of that circuit in $\mathbb{F}_{q^d}$, where $\delta < d$. Due to this inequality, RMFEs are a useful tool when protocols require to work over $\mathbb{F}_{q^d}$ but one is only interested in computing over $\mathbb{F}_q$. In this work we introduce Circuit Amortization Friendly Encodings (CAFEs), which generalize RMFEs while having concrete efficiency in mind. For a Galois Ring $R = GR(2^k,d)$, CAFEs allow to compute certain circuits over $\mathbb{Z}_{2^k}}$ at the cost of a single secure multiplication in $R$.
We present three CAFE instantiations, which we apply to the protocol for MPC over $\mathbb{Z}_{2^k}}$ via Galois Rings by Abspoel et al. (TCC 2019).
Our protocols allow for efficient switching between the different CAFEs, as well as between computation over $GR(2^k,d)$ and $\mathbb{F}_{2^{d}}$ in a way that preserves the CAFE in both rings. This adaptability leads to efficiency gains for e.g. Machine Learning applications, which can be represented as highly parallel circuits over $\mathbb{Z}_{2^k}}$ followed by bit-wise operations. From an implementation of our techniques, we estimate that an SVM can be evaluated on 250 images in parallel up to $\times 7$ as efficient using our techniques, compared to using the protocols from Abspoel et al. (TCC 2019).

2020

JOFC

Low Cost Constant Round MPC Combining BMR and Oblivious Transfer
Abstract

In this work, we present two new actively secure, constant-round multi-party computation (MPC) protocols with security against all-but-one corruptions. Our protocols both start with an actively secure MPC protocol, which may have linear round complexity in the depth of the circuit, and compile it into a constant-round protocol based on garbled circuits, with very low overhead. 1. Our first protocol takes a generic approach using any secret-sharing-based MPC protocol for binary circuits, and a correlated oblivious transfer functionality. 2. Our second protocol builds on secret-sharing-based MPC with information-theoretic MACs. This approach is less flexible, being based on a specific form of MPC, but requires no additional oblivious transfers to compute the garbled circuit. In both approaches, the underlying secret-sharing-based protocol is only used for one actively secure $$\mathbb {F}_2$$ F 2 multiplication per AND gate . An interesting consequence of this is that, with current techniques, constant-round MPC for binary circuits is not much more expensive than practical, non-constant-round protocols. We demonstrate the practicality of our second protocol with an implementation and perform experiments with up to 9 parties securely computing the AES and SHA-256 circuits. Our running times improve upon the best possible performance with previous protocols in this setting by 60 times.

2018

CRYPTO

TinyKeys: A New Approach to Efficient Multi-Party Computation
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Abstract

We present a new approach to designing concretely efficient MPC protocols with semi-honest security in the dishonest majority setting. Motivated by the fact that within the dishonest majority setting the efficiency of most practical protocols does not depend on the number of honest parties, we investigate how to construct protocols which improve in efficiency as the number of honest parties increases. Our central idea is to take a protocol which is secure for
$$n-1$$
n-1 corruptions and modify it to use short symmetric keys, with the aim of basing security on the concatenation of all honest parties’ keys. This results in a more efficient protocol tolerating fewer corruptions, whilst also introducing an LPN-style syndrome decoding assumption.We first apply this technique to a modified version of the semi-honest GMW protocol, using OT extension with short keys, to improve the efficiency of standard GMW with fewer corruptions. We also obtain more efficient constant-round MPC, using BMR-style garbled circuits with short keys, and present an implementation of the online phase of this protocol. Our techniques start to improve upon existing protocols when there are around
$$n=20$$
n=20 parties with
$$h=6$$
h=6 honest parties, and as these increase we obtain up to a 13 times reduction (for
$$n=400, h=120$$
n=400,h=120) in communication complexity for our GMW variant, compared with the best-known GMW-based protocol modified to use the same threshold.

2018

ASIACRYPT

Concretely Efficient Large-Scale MPC with Active Security (or, TinyKeys for TinyOT)
Abstract

In this work we develop a new theory for concretely efficient, large-scale MPC with active security. Current practical techniques are mostly in the strong setting of all-but-one corruptions, which leads to protocols that scale badly with the number of parties. To work around this issue, we consider a large-scale scenario where a small minority out of many parties is honest and design scalable, more efficient MPC protocols for this setting. Our results are achieved by introducing new techniques for information-theoretic MACs with short keys and extending the work of Hazay et al. (CRYPTO 2018), which developed new passively secure MPC protocols in the same context. We further demonstrate the usefulness of this theory in practice by analyzing the concrete communication overhead of our protocols, which improve upon the most efficient previous works.

#### Coauthors

- Carsten Baum (1)
- Aner Ben-Efraim (1)
- Ran Canetti (1)
- Kelong Cong (1)
- Anders Dalskov (1)
- Daniel Escudero (1)
- Chaya Ganesh (1)
- Carmit Hazay (5)
- Sebastian Kolby (1)
- Eysa Lee (1)
- Yehuda Lindell (1)
- Anca Nitulescu (1)
- Eran Omri (1)
- Emmanuela Orsini (5)
- Divya Ravi (1)
- Peter Scholl (6)
- Nigel P. Smart (2)
- Sophia Yakoubov (1)