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Studies in Non-Malleable Commitment


Non-malleable commitment is one of the most fundamental cryptographic primitives in that it is often used as a basic building block in modern cryptography. Briefly, a commitment scheme allows a sender to commit to a value while keeping the value secret from the receiver. In addition, when the commitment is opened in a later stage, the scheme guarantees that the sender can reveal only the unique value being committed to in the previous stage. A commitment scheme is said to be non-malleable if no adversary can succeed in committing to a related massage m', after seeing a commitment of a message m. In this dissertation, we study the construction of non-malleable commitments and some of their applications.

A black-box construction of non-malleable commitment is presented in the first part of this dissertation. Our protocol requires only a constant number of rounds and satisfies the standard notion of non-malleability w.r.t. commitment. Our technique is based on ideas from the ``zero-knowledge from secure multi-party computation'' paradigm by Ishai, Kushilevitz, Ostrovsky, and Sahai (STOC 2007). Furthermore, our construction only uses one-way functions as a black-box and thus does not depend on the actual implementation details of the functions. Prior to our result, under the standard notion of security, no black-box construction of constant-round non-malleable commitment was known. Hence, our main result closes the gap between black-box and non-black-box constructions for the problem of non-malleable commitment.

In the second part of this dissertation, we show that our technique can be applied to multiple applications. Specifically, we extend our work to obtain a constant-round concurrent non-malleable commitment, a constant-round multi-party parallel coin tossing, and a non-malleable statistically hiding commitment (according to the notion of non-malleability w.r.t. opening.) Additionally, all results mentioned above are based only on a black-box use of one-way functions.

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