A Note on Transformations of Interactive Proofs that Preserve the Prover's Complexity

Satoshi HADA  

IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Fundamentals of Electronics, Communications and Computer Sciences   Vol.E87-A   No.1   pp.2-9
Publication Date: 2004/01/01
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Print ISSN: 0916-8508
Type of Manuscript: Special Section PAPER (Special Section on Cryptography and Information Security)
Category: Fundamental
interactive proof systems,  Arthur-Merlin games,  zero-knowledge,  decisional Diffie-Hellman problem,  

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Goldwasser and Sipser proved that every interactive proof system can be transformed into a public-coin one (a.k.a. an Arthur-Merlin game). Unfortunately, the applicability of their transformation to cryptography is limited because it does not preserve the computational complexity of the prover's strategy. Vadhan showed that this deficiency is inherent by constructing a promise problem Π with a private-coin interactive proof that cannot be transformed into an Arthur-Merlin game such that the new prover can be implemented in polynomial-time with oracle access to the original prover. However, the transformation formulated by Vadhan has a restriction, i.e., it does not allow the new prover and verifier to look at common input. This restriction is essential for the proof of Vadhan's negative result. This paper considers an unrestricted transformation where both the new prover and verifier are allowed to access and analyze common input. We show that an analogous negative result holds even in this unrestricted case under a non-standard computational assumption.