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posted on 22.11.2021, 13:57 by Mingyuan WangMingyuan Wang
Cryptography allows us to do magical things ranging from private communication over a public channel to securely evaluating functions among distrusting parties. For the real-world implementation of these tasks, efficiency is usually one of the most desirable objectives. In this work, we advance our understanding of efficient cryptographic constructions on several fronts.

Non-malleable codes are a natural generalization of error-correcting codes. It provides a weaker yet meaningful security guarantee when the adversary may tamper with the codeword such that error-correcting is impossible. Intuitively, it guarantees that the tampered codeword either encodes the original message or an unrelated one. This line of research aims to construct non-malleable codes with a high rate against sophisticated tampering families. In this work, we present two results. The first one is an explicit rate1 construction against all tampering functions with a small locality. Second, we present a rate-1/3 construction for three-split-state tampering and two-lookahead tampering.

In multiparty computation, fair computation asks for the most robust security, namely, guaranteed output delivery. That is, either all parties receive the output of the protocol, or no party does. By relying on oblivious transfer, we know how to construct MPC protocols with optimal fairness. For a long time, however, we do not know if one can base optimal fair protocol on weaker assumptions such as one-way functions. Typically, symmetric-key primitives (e.g., one-way functions) are much faster than public-key primitives (e.g., oblivious transfer). Hence, understanding whether one-way functions enable optimal fair protocols has a significant impact on the efficiency of such protocols. This work shows that it is impossible to construct optimal fair protocols with only black-box uses one-way functions. We also rule out constructions based on public-key encryptions and f-hybrids, where f is any incomplete function.

Collective coin-tossing considers a coin-tossing protocol among n parties. A Byzantine adversary may adaptively corrupt parties to bias the output of the protocol. The security ε is defined as how much the adversary can change the expected output of the protocol. In this work, we consider the setting where an adversary corrupts at most one party. 10 Given a target security ε, we wish to understand the minimum number of parties n required to achieve ε-security. In this work, we prove a tight bound on the optimal security. In particular, we show that the insecurity of the well-known threshold protocol is at most two times the optimal achievable security.


CRII: SaTC: Computational Correlations: A New Tool for Cryptography

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TWC: Small: General and Modular Secure Computation in the Offline-Online Paradigm

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Startup fund of Hemanta K. Maji (Department of Computer Science)

Purdue Research Foundation (PRF) Award (2017–2018) of Hemanta K. Maji (Department of Computer Science)


Degree Type

Doctor of Philosophy


Computer Science

Campus location

West Lafayette

Advisor/Supervisor/Committee Chair

Hemanta K. Maji

Additional Committee Member 2

Mikhail Atallah

Additional Committee Member 3

Jeremiah Blocki

Additional Committee Member 4

Ninghui Li

Additional Committee Member 5

Mohammad Mahmoody