Outsourcing computation for private function evaluation
by Henry Carter; Patrick Traynor
International Journal of Information and Computer Security (IJICS), Vol. 11, No. 6, 2019

Abstract: Outsourced secure multiparty computation (SMC) protocols allow resource-constrained devices to execute input-private computation with great efficiency. Unfortunately, existing outsourced SMC protocols require that all parties know the function being evaluated, precluding applications where the function itself must remain private. We develop the first linear-complexity protocols for outsourcing private function evaluation (PFE), SMC protocols that provide input and function privacy. Assuming a semi-honest function holder, we build on existing two-party PFE constructions to develop outsourced protocols that are secure against a semi-honest, covert, or malicious outsourcing server and malicious mobile participants. To do this, we develop a garbling technique for combining public and private sub-circuits in a single computation. This allows us to apply auxiliary checks for malicious behaviour using only free-XOR gates. These protocols demonstrate the feasibility of outsourced PFE and provide a first step towards privacy-preserving applications for use in cloud computing.

Online publication date:: Tue, 15-Oct-2019

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