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Pinocchio: Nearly practical verifiable computation
 In Proceedings of the 34th IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy, Oakland ’13
, 2013
"... Abstract To instill greater confidence in computations outsourced to the cloud, clients should be able to verify the correctness of the results returned. To this end, we introduce Pinocchio, a built system for efficiently verifying general computations while relying only on cryptographic assumption ..."
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Abstract To instill greater confidence in computations outsourced to the cloud, clients should be able to verify the correctness of the results returned. To this end, we introduce Pinocchio, a built system for efficiently verifying general computations while relying only on cryptographic assumptions. With Pinocchio, the client creates a public evaluation key to describe her computation; this setup is proportional to evaluating the computation once. The worker then evaluates the computation on a particular input and uses the evaluation key to produce a proof of correctness. The proof is only 288 bytes, regardless of the computation performed or the size of the inputs and outputs. Anyone can use a public verification key to check the proof. Crucially, our evaluation on seven applications demonstrates that Pinocchio is efficient in practice too. Pinocchio's verification time is typically 10ms: 57 orders of magnitude less than previous work; indeed Pinocchio is the first generalpurpose system to demonstrate verification cheaper than native execution (for some apps). Pinocchio also reduces the worker's proof effort by an additional 1960×. As an additional feature, Pinocchio generalizes to zeroknowledge proofs at a negligible cost over the base protocol. Finally, to aid development, Pinocchio provides an endtoend toolchain that compiles a subset of C into programs that implement the verifiable computation protocol.
SNARKs for C: Verifying program executions succinctly and in zero knowledge
 In Proceedings of CRYPTO 2013, LNCS
"... An argument system for NP is a proof system that allows efficient verification of NP statements, given proofs produced by an untrusted yet computationallybounded prover. Such a system is noninteractive and publiclyverifiable if, after a trusted party publishes a proving key and a verification key, ..."
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An argument system for NP is a proof system that allows efficient verification of NP statements, given proofs produced by an untrusted yet computationallybounded prover. Such a system is noninteractive and publiclyverifiable if, after a trusted party publishes a proving key and a verification key, anyone can use the proving key to generate noninteractive proofs for adaptivelychosen NP statements, and proofs can be verified by anyone by using the verification key. We present an implementation of a publiclyverifiable noninteractive argument system for NP. The system, moreover, is a zeroknowledge proofofknowledge. It directly proves correct executions of programs on TinyRAM, a randomaccess machine tailored for efficient verification of nondeterministic computations. Given a program P and time bound T, the system allows for proving correct execution of P, on any input x, for up to T steps, after a onetime setup requiring Õ(P  · T) cryptographic operations. An honest prover requires Õ(P  · T) cryptographic operations to generate such a proof, while proof verification can be performed with only O(x) cryptographic operations. This system can be used to prove the correct execution of C programs, using our TinyRAM port of the GCC compiler. This yields a zeroknowledge Succinct Noninteractive ARgument of Knowledge (zkSNARK) for
A hybrid architecture for interactive verifiable computation
 In IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy
, 2013
"... Abstract—We consider interactive, proofbased verifiable computation: how can a client machine specify a computation to a server, receive an answer, and then engage the server in an interactive protocol that convinces the client that the answer is correct, with less work for the client than executin ..."
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Abstract—We consider interactive, proofbased verifiable computation: how can a client machine specify a computation to a server, receive an answer, and then engage the server in an interactive protocol that convinces the client that the answer is correct, with less work for the client than executing the computation in the first place? Complexity theory and cryptography offer solutions in principle, but if implemented naively, they are ludicrously expensive. Recently, however, several strands of work have refined this theory and implemented the resulting protocols in actual systems. This work is promising but suffers from one of two problems: either it relies on expensive cryptography, or else it applies to a restricted class of computations. Worse, it is not always clear which protocol will perform better for a given problem. We describe a system that (a) extends optimized refinements of the noncryptographic protocols to a much broader class of computations, (b) uses static analysis to fail over to the cryptographic ones when the noncryptographic ones would be more expensive, and (c) incorporates this core into a built system that includes a compiler for a highlevel language, a distributed server, and GPU acceleration. Experimental results indicate that our system performs better and applies more widely than the best in the literature. 1
Verifying computations with state
"... When outsourcing computations to the cloud or other thirdparties, a key issue for clients is the ability to verify the results. Recent work in proofbased verifiable computation, building on deep results in complexity theory and cryptography, has made significant progress on this problem. However, ..."
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When outsourcing computations to the cloud or other thirdparties, a key issue for clients is the ability to verify the results. Recent work in proofbased verifiable computation, building on deep results in complexity theory and cryptography, has made significant progress on this problem. However, all existing systems require computational models that do not incorporate state. This limits these systems to simplistic programming idioms and rules out computations where the client cannot materialize all of the input (e.g., very large MapReduce instances or database queries). This paper describes Pantry, the first built system that incorporates state. Pantry composes the machinery of proofbased verifiable computation with ideas from untrusted storage: the client expresses its computation in terms of digests that attests to state, and verifiably outsources that computation. Besides the boon to expressiveness, the client can gain from outsourcing even when the computation is sublinear in the input size. We describe a verifiable MapReduce application and a queriable database, among other simple applications. Although the resulting applications result in server overhead that is higher than we would like, Pantry is the first system to provide verifiability for realistic applications in a realistic programming model. 1
Succinct noninteractive arguments via linear . . .
, 2012
"... Succinct noninteractive arguments (SNARGs) enable verifying NP statements with lower complexity than required for classical NP verification. Traditionally, the focus has been on minimizing the length of such arguments; nowadays researches have focused also on minimizing verification time, by drawin ..."
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Succinct noninteractive arguments (SNARGs) enable verifying NP statements with lower complexity than required for classical NP verification. Traditionally, the focus has been on minimizing the length of such arguments; nowadays researches have focused also on minimizing verification time, by drawing motivation from the problem of delegating computation. A common relaxation is a preprocessing SNARG, which allows the verifier to conduct an expensive offline phase that is independent of the statement to be proven later. Recent constructions of preprocessing SNARGs have achieved attractive features: they are publiclyverifiable, proofs consist of only O(1) encrypted (or encoded) field elements, and verification is via arithmetic circuits of size linear in the NP statement. Additionally, these constructions seem to have “escaped the hegemony ” of probabilisticallycheckable proofs (PCPs) as a basic building block of succinct arguments. We present
TimeOptimal Interactive Proofs for Circuit Evaluation
"... Several research teams have recently been working toward the development of practical generalpurpose protocols for verifiable computation. These protocols enable a computationally weak verifier to offload computations to a powerful but untrusted prover, while providing the verifier with a guarantee ..."
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Several research teams have recently been working toward the development of practical generalpurpose protocols for verifiable computation. These protocols enable a computationally weak verifier to offload computations to a powerful but untrusted prover, while providing the verifier with a guarantee that the prover performed the requested computations correctly. Despite substantial progress, existing implementations require further improvements before they become practical for most settings. The main bottleneck is typically the extra effort required by the prover to return an answer with a guarantee of correctness, compared to returning an answer with no guarantee. We describe a refinement of a powerful interactive proof protocol due to Goldwasser, Kalai, and Rothblum [21]. Cormode, Mitzenmacher, and Thaler [14] show how to implement the prover in this protocol in time O(SlogS), where S is the size of an arithmetic circuit computing the function of interest. Our refinements apply to circuits with sufficiently “regular ” wiring patterns; for these circuits, we bring the runtime of the prover down to O(S). That is, our prover can evaluate the circuit with a guarantee of correctness, with only a constantfactor blowup in work compared to evaluating the circuit with no guarantee.
Verifiable Delegation of Computation on Outsourced Data
, 2013
"... We address the problem in which a client stores a large amount of data with an untrusted server in such a way that, at any moment, the client can ask the server to compute a function on some portion of its outsourced data. In this scenario, the client must be able to efficiently verify the correct ..."
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We address the problem in which a client stores a large amount of data with an untrusted server in such a way that, at any moment, the client can ask the server to compute a function on some portion of its outsourced data. In this scenario, the client must be able to efficiently verify the correctness of the result despite no longer knowing the inputs of the delegated computation, it must be able to keep adding elements to its remote storage, and it does not have to fix in advance (i.e., at data outsourcing time) the functions that it will delegate. Even more ambitiously, clients should be able to verify in time independent of the inputsize – a very appealing property for computations over huge amounts of data. In this work we propose novel cryptographic techniques that solve the above problem for the class of computations of quadratic polynomials over a large number of variables. This class covers a wide range of significant arithmetic computations – notably, many important statistics. To confirm the efficiency of our solution, we show encouraging performance results, e.g., correctness proofs have size below 1 kB
Succinct noninteractive zeroknowledge for a von Neumann architecture
, 2014
"... We build a system that provides succinct noninteractive zeroknowledge proofs (zkSNARKs) for program executions on a von Neumann RISC architecture. The system has two components: a cryptographic proof system for verifying satisfiability of arithmetic circuits, and a circuit generator to translate ..."
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We build a system that provides succinct noninteractive zeroknowledge proofs (zkSNARKs) for program executions on a von Neumann RISC architecture. The system has two components: a cryptographic proof system for verifying satisfiability of arithmetic circuits, and a circuit generator to translate program executions to such circuits. Our design of both components improves in functionality and efficiency over prior work, as follows. Our circuit generator is the first to be universal: it does not need to know the program, but only a bound on its running time. Moreover, the size of the output circuit depends additively (rather than multiplicatively) on program size, allowing verification of larger programs. The cryptographic proof system improves proving and verification times, by leveraging new algorithms and a pairing library tailored to the protocol. We evaluated our system for programs with up to 10,000 instructions, running for up to 32,000 machine steps, each of which can arbitrarily access randomaccess memory; and also demonstrated it executing programs that use justintime compilation. Our proofs are 230 bytes long at 80 bits of security, or 288 bytes long at 128 bits of security. Typical verification time is 5 milliseconds, regardless of the original program’s running time.
Nonoutsourceable scratchoff puzzles to discourage bitcoin mining coalitions
, 2014
"... Abstract—An implicit goal of Bitcoin’s reward structure is to diffuse network influence over a diverse, decentralized population of individual participants. Indeed, Bitcoin’s security claims rely on no single entity wielding a sufficiently large portion of the network’s overall computational power. ..."
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Abstract—An implicit goal of Bitcoin’s reward structure is to diffuse network influence over a diverse, decentralized population of individual participants. Indeed, Bitcoin’s security claims rely on no single entity wielding a sufficiently large portion of the network’s overall computational power. Unfortunately, rather than participating independently, most Bitcoin miners join coalitions called mining pools in which a central pool administrator largely directs the pool’s activity, leading to a consolidation of power. Recently, the largest mining pool has accounted for more than half of network’s total mining capacity. Relatedly, “hosted mining” service providers offer their clients the benefit of economiesofscale, tempting them away from independent participation. We argue that the prevalence of mining coalitions is due to a limitation of the Bitcoin proofofwork puzzle – specifically, that it affords an effective mechanism for enforcing cooperation in a coalition. We present several definitions and constructions for “nonoutsourceable ” puzzles that thwart such enforcement mechanisms, thereby deterring coalitions. We also provide an implementation and benchmark results for our schemes to show they are practical. I.
TrueSet: Faster Verifiable Set Computations∗
"... Verifiable computation (VC) enables thin clients to efficiently verify the computational results produced by a powerful server. Although VC was initially considered to be mainly of theoretical interest, over the last two years, impressive progress has been made on implementing VC. Specifically, we ..."
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Verifiable computation (VC) enables thin clients to efficiently verify the computational results produced by a powerful server. Although VC was initially considered to be mainly of theoretical interest, over the last two years, impressive progress has been made on implementing VC. Specifically, we now have opensource implementations of VC systems that can handle all classes of computations expressed either as circuits or in the RAM model. However, despite this very encouraging progress, new enhancements in the design and implementation of VC protocols are required in order to achieve truly practical VC for realworld applications. In this work, we show that for functionalities that can be expressed efficiently in terms of set operations (e.g., a subset of SQL queries) VC can be enhanced to become drastically more practical: We present the design and prototype implementation of a novel VC scheme that achieves orders of magnitude speedup in comparison with the state of the art. Specifically, we build and evaluate TrueSet, a system that can verifiably compute any polynomialtime function expressed as a circuit consisting of “set gates ” such as union, intersection, difference and set cardinality. Moreover, TrueSet supports hybrid circuits consisting of both set gates and traditional arithmetic gates. Therefore, it does not lose any of the expressiveness of the previous schemes—this also allows the user to choose the most efficient way to represent different parts of a computation. By expressing set computations as polynomial operations and introducing a novel Quadratic Polynomial Program technique, TrueSet achieves prover performance speedup ranging from 30x to 150x and yields up to 97 % evaluation key size reduction. 1