Minimal Complete Primitives for Secure Multi-Party Computation Academic Article uri icon


  • The study of minimal cryptographic primitives needed to implement secure computation among two or more players is a fundamental question in cryptography. The issue of complete primitives for the case of two players has been thoroughly studied. However, in the multi-party setting, when there are n > 2 players and t of them are corrupted, the question of what are the simplest complete primitives remained open for t > n/3. (A primitive is called complete if any computation can be carried out by the players having access only to the primitive and local computation.) In this paper we consider this question, and introduce complete primitives of minimal cardinality for secure multi-party computation. The cardinality issue (number of players accessing the primitive) is essential in settings where primitives are implemented by some other means, and the simpler the primitive the easier it is to realize. We show that our primitives are complete and of minimal cardinality possible for most cases. © 2004 Internation Association for cryptologic Research.

published proceedings

  • Journal of Cryptology

author list (cited authors)

  • Fitzi, M., Garay, J. A., Maurer, U., & Ostrovsky, R

citation count

  • 12

complete list of authors

  • Fitzi, Matthias||Garay, Juan A||Maurer, Ueli||Ostrovsky, Rafail

publication date

  • April 2004