Proactive Secret Sharing Schemes with Different Security Levels
Conference Proceeding Article
Secret sharing schemes protect a secret by distributing the shares of the secret over different locations (share-holders). Recently, Proactive Secret Sharing (PSS) was introduced  to protect long-lived secrets in the presence of corrupted share-holders. In a PSS scheme, the life-time of a secret is divided into multiple periods, and the shares are periodically renewed so that the secret is protected even if every share-holder may be corrupted in some periods but no more than t share-holders are corrupted in each single period. In this paper, we consider PSS schemes in a different model from the one used in . This model makes it possible to study the different levels of the security of PSS. We first show that there is an information-theoretically secure (i.e., both unconditional secrecy and unconditional resilience) PSS scheme with exponential complexity. We then present two PSS schemes with polynomial complexity - the first one has unconditional resilience but conditional secrecy; while the second one has unconditional secrecy but conditional resilience. We conjecture that there does not exist any information-theoretically secure PSS schemes with polynomial complexity.
cryptography, distributed computing, secret sharing
Proceedings of ChinaCrypt 2000
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BAO, Feng and DENG, Robert H..
Proactive Secret Sharing Schemes with Different Security Levels. (2000). Proceedings of ChinaCrypt 2000. 92-101. Research Collection School Of Information Systems.
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