Making the best of a leaky situation: Zero-knowledge PCPs from leakage-resilient circuits

Yuval Ishai, Mor Weiss, Guang Yang

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A Probabilistically Checkable Proof (PCP) allows a randomized verifier, with oracle access to a purported proof, to probabilistically verify an input statement of the form “x ∈ L” by querying only few bits of the proof. A zero-knowledge PCP (ZKPCP) is a PCP with the additional guarantee that the view of any verifier querying a bounded number of proof bits can be efficiently simulated given the input x alone, where the simulated and actual views are statistically close. Originating from the first ZKPCP construction of Kilian et al. [21], all previous constructions relied on locking schemes, an unconditionally secure oracle-based commitment primitive. The use of locking schemes makes the verifier inherently adaptive, namely, it needs to make at least two rounds of queries to the proof. Motivated by the goal of constructing non-adaptively verifiable ZKPCPs, we suggest a new technique for compiling standard PCPs into ZKPCPs. Our approach is based on leakage-resilient circuits, which are circuits that withstand certain “side-channel” attacks, in the sense that these attacks reveal nothing about the (properly encoded) input, other than the output. We observe that the verifier’s oracle queries constitute a side-channel attack on the wire-values of the circuit verifying membership in L, so a PCP constructed from a circuit resilient against such attacks would be ZK. However, a leakage-resilient circuit evaluates the desired function only if its input is properly encoded, i.e., has a specific structure, whereas by generating a “proof” from the wire-values of the circuit on an ill-formed “encoded” input, one can cause the verification to accept inputs x ∉ L with probability 1. We overcome this obstacle by constructing leakage-resilient circuits with the additional guarantee that ill-formed encoded inputs are detected. Using this approach, we obtain the following results:– We construct the first witness-indistinguishable PCPs (WIPCP) for NP with non-adaptive verification. WIPCPs relax ZKPCPs by only requiring that different witnesses be indistinguishable. Our construction combines strong leakage-resilient circuits as above with the PCPof Arora and Safra [2], in which queries correspond to side-channel attacks by shallow circuits, and with correlation bounds for shallow circuits due to Lovett and Srivinasan [22]. – Building on these WIPCPs, we construct non-adaptively verifiable computational ZKPCPs for NP in the common random string model, assuming that one-way functions exist. – As an application of the above results, we construct 3-round WI and ZK proofs for NP in a distributed setting in which the prover and the verifier interact with multiple servers of which t can be corrupted, and the total communication involving the verifier consists of poly log(t) bits.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTheory of Cryptography - 3th International Conference, TCC 2016-A, Proceedings
EditorsEyal Kushilevitz, Tal Malkin
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Number of pages30
ISBN (Print)9783662490983
StatePublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes
Event13th International Conference on Theory of Cryptography, TCC 2016 - Tel Aviv, Israel
Duration: 10 Jan 201613 Jan 2016

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Conference13th International Conference on Theory of Cryptography, TCC 2016
CityTel Aviv

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Publisher Copyright:
© International Association for Cryptologic Research 2016.


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