Spring 2020

Laconic Function Evaluation

Thursday, Apr. 16, 2020 9:30 am11:00 am PDT

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We introduce a new cryptographic primitive called laconic function evaluation (LFE). Using LFE, Alice can compress a large circuit f into a small digest. Bob can encrypt some data x under this digest in a way that enables Alice to recover f(x) without learning anything else about Bob's data. For the scheme to be laconic, we require that the size of the digest, the run-time of the encryption algorithm and the size of the ciphertext should all be small, much smaller than the circuit-size of f. We construct an LFE scheme for general circuits under the learning with errors (LWE) assumption, where the above parameters only grow polynomially with the depth but not the size of the circuit. We then use LFE to construct secure 2-party and multi-party computation (2PC, MPC) protocols with novel properties:

* We construct a 2-round 2PC protocol between Alice and Bob with respective inputs xA,xB in which Alice learns the output f(xA,xB) in the second round. This is the first such protocol which is "Bob-optimized", meaning that Alice does all the work while Bob's computation and the total communication of the protocol are smaller than the size of the circuit f or even Alice's input xA. In contrast, prior solutions based on fully homomorphic encryption are "Alice-optimized".

* We construct an MPC protocol, which allows N parties to securely evaluate a function f(x1,...,xN) over their respective inputs, where the total amount of computation performed by the parties during the protocol execution is smaller than that of evaluating the function itself! Each party has to individually pre-process the circuit f before the protocol starts and post-process the protocol transcript to recover the output after the protocol ends, and the cost of these steps is larger than the circuit size. However, this gives the first MPC where the computation performed by each party during the actual protocol execution, from the time the first protocol message is sent until the last protocol message is received, is smaller than the circuit size.

Joint work with Hoeteck Wee and Daniel Wichs