How to share a secret, infinitely

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Secret sharing schemes allow a dealer to distribute a secret piece of information among several parties such that only qualified subsets of parties can reconstruct the secret. The collection of qualified subsets is called an access structure. The best known example is the k-threshold access structure, where the qualified subsets are those of size at least k. When k = 2 and there are n parties, there are schemes where the size of the share each party gets is roughly log n bits, and this is tight even for secrets of 1 bit. In these schemes, the number of parties n must be given in advance to the dealer. In this work we consider the case where the set of parties is not known in advance and could potentially be infinite. Our goal is to give the tth party arriving the smallest possible share as a function of t. Our main result is such a scheme for the k-threshold access structure where the share size of party t is (k − 1) ・ log t + poly(k) ・ o(log t). For k = 2 we observe an equivalence to prefix codes and present matching upper and lower bounds of the form log t + log log t + log log log t + O(1). Finally, we show that for any access structure there exists such a secret sharing scheme with shares of size 2t−1.

Original languageAmerican English
Title of host publicationTheory of Cryptography - 14th International Conference, TCC 2016-B, Proceedings
EditorsAdam Smith, Martin Hirt
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Number of pages30
ISBN (Print)9783662536438
StatePublished - 2016
Event14th International Conference on Theory of Cryptography, TCC 2016-B - Beijing, China
Duration: 31 Oct 20163 Nov 2016

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume9986 LNCS


Conference14th International Conference on Theory of Cryptography, TCC 2016-B

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • General Computer Science


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