Position based cryptography and multiparty communication complexity

J. Brody, S. Dziembowski, S. Faust, K.Z. Pietrzak, in:, Y. Kalai, L. Reyzin (Eds.), Springer, 2017, pp. 56–81.


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Position based cryptography (PBC), proposed in the seminal work of Chandran, Goyal, Moriarty, and Ostrovsky (SIAM J. Computing, 2014), aims at constructing cryptographic schemes in which the identity of the user is his geographic position. Chandran et al. construct PBC schemes for secure positioning and position-based key agreement in the bounded-storage model (Maurer, J. Cryptology, 1992). Apart from bounded memory, their security proofs need a strong additional restriction on the power of the adversary: he cannot compute joint functions of his inputs. Removing this assumption is left as an open problem. We show that an answer to this question would resolve a long standing open problem in multiparty communication complexity: finding a function that is hard to compute with low communication complexity in the simultaneous message model, but easy to compute in the fully adaptive model. On a more positive side: we also show some implications in the other direction, i.e.: we prove that lower bounds on the communication complexity of certain multiparty problems imply existence of PBC primitives. Using this result we then show two attractive ways to “bypass” our hardness result: the first uses the random oracle model, the second weakens the locality requirement in the bounded-storage model to online computability. The random oracle construction is arguably one of the simplest proposed so far in this area. Our results indicate that constructing improved provably secure protocols for PBC requires a better understanding of multiparty communication complexity. This is yet another example where negative results in one area (in our case: lower bounds in multiparty communication complexity) can be used to construct secure cryptographic schemes.
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2017-11-05
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10677
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56 - 81
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TCC: Theory of Cryptography Conference
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Baltimore, MD, United States
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2017-11-12 – 2017-11-15
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Brody J, Dziembowski S, Faust S, Pietrzak KZ. Position based cryptography and multiparty communication complexity. In: Kalai Y, Reyzin L, eds. Vol 10677. Springer; 2017:56-81. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-70500-2_3
Brody, J., Dziembowski, S., Faust, S., & Pietrzak, K. Z. (2017). Position based cryptography and multiparty communication complexity. In Y. Kalai & L. Reyzin (Eds.) (Vol. 10677, pp. 56–81). Presented at the TCC: Theory of Cryptography Conference, Baltimore, MD, United States: Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-70500-2_3
Brody, Joshua, Stefan Dziembowski, Sebastian Faust, and Krzysztof Z Pietrzak. “Position Based Cryptography and Multiparty Communication Complexity.” edited by Yael Kalai and Leonid Reyzin, 10677:56–81. Springer, 2017. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-70500-2_3.
J. Brody, S. Dziembowski, S. Faust, and K. Z. Pietrzak, “Position based cryptography and multiparty communication complexity,” presented at the TCC: Theory of Cryptography Conference, Baltimore, MD, United States, 2017, vol. 10677, pp. 56–81.
Brody J, Dziembowski S, Faust S, Pietrzak KZ. 2017. Position based cryptography and multiparty communication complexity. TCC: Theory of Cryptography Conference, LNCS, vol. 10677. 56–81.
Brody, Joshua, et al. Position Based Cryptography and Multiparty Communication Complexity. Edited by Yael Kalai and Leonid Reyzin, vol. 10677, Springer, 2017, pp. 56–81, doi:10.1007/978-3-319-70500-2_3.

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