Advances in Cryptology – EUROCRYPT 2012

Volume 7237 of the series Lecture Notes in Computer Science pp 483-501

Multiparty Computation with Low Communication, Computation and Interaction via Threshold FHE

  • Gilad AsharovAffiliated withBar-Ilan University
  • , Abhishek JainAffiliated withUniversity of California Los Angeles (UCLA)
  • , Adriana López-AltAffiliated withNew York University (NYU)
  • , Eran TromerAffiliated withTel Aviv University
  • , Vinod VaikuntanathanAffiliated withUniversity of Toronto
  • , Daniel WichsAffiliated withIBM Research, T.J. Watson


Fully homomorphic encryption (FHE) enables secure computation over the encrypted data of a single party. We explore how to extend this to multiple parties, using threshold fully homomorphic encryption (TFHE). In such scheme, the parties jointly generate a common FHE public key along with a secret key that is shared among them; they can later cooperatively decrypt ciphertexts without learning anything but the plaintext. We show how to instantiate this approach efficiently, by extending the recent FHE schemes of Brakerski, Gentry and Vaikuntanathan (CRYPTO ’11, FOCS ’11, ITCS ’12) based on the (ring) learning with errors assumption. Our main tool is to exploit the property that such schemes are additively homomorphic over their keys.

Using TFHE, we construct simple multiparty computation protocols secure against fully malicious attackers, tolerating any number of corruptions, and providing security in the universal composability framework. Our protocols have the following properties: Low interaction: 3 rounds of interaction given a common random string, or 2 rounds with a public-key infrastructure. Low communication : independent of the function being computed (proportional to just input and output sizes). Cloud-assisted computation: the bulk of the computation can be efficiently outsourced to an external entity (e.g. a cloud service) so that the computation of all other parties is independent of the complexity of the evaluated function.