Asynchronous secure computations with optimal resilience

Michael Ben-Or, Boaz Kelmer, Tal Rabin

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We investigate the problem of multiparty computations in a fully connected, asynchronous network of n players, in which up to t Byzantine faults may occur. It was shown in [BCG93] that secure error-less multiparty computation is possible in this setting if and only if t < n/A. We show that when exponentially small probability of error is allowed, this task can be achieved even when the number of faults is in the range n/4 ≤ t < n/3. From the lower bounds of [BCG93] for the asynchronous fail-stop model it follows that the resilience, t < n/3, of our protocol is optimal. We describe an ([n/3] - 1)-resilient protocol that securely computes any function F. With overwhelming probability all the non-faulty players complete the execution of the protocol. Given that all the honest players terminate the protocol, they do so in time polynomial in n, in the boolean complexity of F, and in [log 1/e], where e is the error probability. Our protocol follows the scheme of [BGW88, RB89] for multiparty computations in synchronous networks, in which the intermediary results of a circuit for F are always kept shared among the players as a verifiable secret. As the asynchronous network makes it impossible to use a regular Verifiable Secret Sharing scheme for computations, we introduce a new secret sharing scheme called Ultimate Secret Sharing. This scheme guarantees that all the honest players will obtain their share of the secret, and it enables the players to verify that the shares are genuine.

Original languageAmerican English
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 13th Annual ACM Symposium on Principles of Distributed Computing, PODC 1994
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)0897916549
StatePublished - 14 Aug 1994
Event13th Annual ACM Symposium on Principles of Distributed Computing, PODC 1994 - Los Angeles, United States
Duration: 14 Aug 199417 Aug 1994

Publication series

NameProceedings of the Annual ACM Symposium on Principles of Distributed Computing
VolumePart F129432


Conference13th Annual ACM Symposium on Principles of Distributed Computing, PODC 1994
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityLos Angeles

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© 1994 ACM.


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