## Abstract

We prove lower bounds on the round complexity of randomized Byzantine agreement (BA) protocols, bounding the halting probability of such protocols after one and two rounds. In particular, we prove that: 1. BA protocols resilient against n/3 [resp., n/4] corruptions terminate (under attack) at the end of the first round with probability at most o(1) [resp., 1/2 + o(1)]. 2. BA protocols resilient against n/4 corruptions terminate at the end of the second round with probability at most 1 − Θ(1). 3. For a large class of protocols (including all BA protocols used in practice) and under a plausible combinatorial conjecture, BA protocols resilient against n/3 [resp., n/4] corruptions terminate at the end of the second round with probability at most o(1) [resp., 1/2 + o(1)]. The above bounds hold even when the parties use a trusted setup phase, e.g., a public-key infrastructure (PKI). The third bound essentially matches the recent protocol of Micali (ITCS’17) that tolerates up to n/3 corruptions and terminates at the end of the third round with constant probability.

Original language | American English |
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Title of host publication | 33rd International Symposium on Distributed Computing, DISC 2019 |

Editors | Jukka Suomela |

Publisher | Schloss Dagstuhl- Leibniz-Zentrum fur Informatik GmbH, Dagstuhl Publishing |

ISBN (Electronic) | 9783959771269 |

DOIs | |

State | Published - Oct 2019 |

Event | 33rd International Symposium on Distributed Computing, DISC 2019 - Budapest, Hungary Duration: 14 Oct 2019 → 18 Oct 2019 |

### Publication series

Name | Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics, LIPIcs |
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Volume | 146 |

ISSN (Print) | 1868-8969 |

### Conference

Conference | 33rd International Symposium on Distributed Computing, DISC 2019 |
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Country/Territory | Hungary |

City | Budapest |

Period | 14/10/19 → 18/10/19 |

### Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:© Ran Cohen, Iftach Haitner, Nikolaos Makriyannis, Matan Orland, and Alex Samorodnitsky.

## Keywords

- Byzantine agreement
- Lower bound
- Round complexity