On the Real-World Instantiability of Admissible Hash Functions and Efficient Verifiable Random Functions

T. Jager, D. Niehues, in: Lecture Notes in Computer Science, Cham, 2020.

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Verifiable random functions (VRFs) are essentially digital signatures with additional properties, namely verifiable uniqueness and pseudorandomness, which make VRFs a useful tool, e.g., to prevent enumeration in DNSSEC Authenticated Denial of Existence and the CONIKS key management system, or in the random committee selection of the Algorand blockchain. Most standard-model VRFs rely on admissible hash functions (AHFs) to achieve security against adaptive attacks in the standard model. Known AHF constructions are based on error-correcting codes, which yield asymptotically efficient constructions. However, previous works do not clarify how the code should be instantiated concretely in the real world. The rate and the minimal distance of the selected code have significant impact on the efficiency of the resulting cryptosystem, therefore it is unclear if and how the aforementioned constructions can be used in practice. First, we explain inherent limitations of code-based AHFs. Concretely, we assume that even if we were given codes that achieve the well-known Gilbert-Varshamov or McEliece-Rodemich-Rumsey-Welch bounds, existing AHF-based constructions of verifiable random functions (VRFs) can only be instantiated quite inefficiently. Then we introduce and construct computational AHFs (cAHFs). While classical AHFs are information-theoretic, and therefore work even in presence of computationally unbounded adversaries, cAHFs provide only security against computationally bounded adversaries. However, we show that cAHFs can be instantiated significantly more efficiently. Finally, we use our cAHF to construct the currently most efficient verifiable random function with full adaptive security in the standard model.
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Lecture Notes in Computer Science
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Selected Areas in Cryptography
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Waterloo, Canada
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2019-08-12 – 2019-08-16
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Jager T, Niehues D. On the Real-World Instantiability of Admissible Hash Functions and Efficient Verifiable Random Functions. In: Lecture Notes in Computer Science. Cham; 2020. doi:10.1007/978-3-030-38471-5_13
Jager, T., & Niehues, D. (2020). On the Real-World Instantiability of Admissible Hash Functions and Efficient Verifiable Random Functions. In Lecture Notes in Computer Science. Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-38471-5_13
@inbook{Jager_Niehues_2020, place={Cham}, title={On the Real-World Instantiability of Admissible Hash Functions and Efficient Verifiable Random Functions}, DOI={10.1007/978-3-030-38471-5_13}, booktitle={Lecture Notes in Computer Science}, author={Jager, Tibor and Niehues, David}, year={2020} }
Jager, Tibor, and David Niehues. “On the Real-World Instantiability of Admissible Hash Functions and Efficient Verifiable Random Functions.” In Lecture Notes in Computer Science. Cham, 2020. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-38471-5_13.
T. Jager and D. Niehues, “On the Real-World Instantiability of Admissible Hash Functions and Efficient Verifiable Random Functions,” in Lecture Notes in Computer Science, Cham, 2020.
Jager, Tibor, and David Niehues. “On the Real-World Instantiability of Admissible Hash Functions and Efficient Verifiable Random Functions.” Lecture Notes in Computer Science, 2020, doi:10.1007/978-3-030-38471-5_13.
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