Zero-Knowledge and Code Obfuscation

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Zero-Knowledge and Code Obfuscation
In this paper, we investigate the gap between auxiliary-input zero-knowledge (AIZK) and blackbox-simulation zero-knowledge (BSZK). It is an interesting open problem whether or not there exists a protocol which achieves AIZK, but not BSZK. We show that the existence of such a protocol is closely related to the existence of secure code obfuscators. A code obfuscator is used to convert a code into an equivalent one that is difficult to reverse-engineer. This paper provides security definitions of code obfuscation. By their definitions, it is easy to see that the existence of the gap implies the existence of a cheating verifier such that it is impossible to obfuscate any code of it. Intuitively, this means that it is possible to reverse-engineer any code of such a cheating verifier. Furthermore, we consider the actual behavior of such a cheating verifier. In order to do so, we focus on two special cases in which the gap exists: (1) there exists a constant round public-coin AIZK interac...
Satoshi Hada
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Updated 02 Aug 2010
Type Conference
Year 2000
Authors Satoshi Hada
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