Quantum lightning never strikes the same state twice

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Abstract

Public key quantum money can be seen as a version of the quantum no-cloning theorem that holds even when the quantum states can be verified by the adversary. In this work, we investigate quantum lightning where no-cloning holds even when the adversary herself generates the quantum state to be cloned. We then study quantum money and quantum lightning, showing the following results: We demonstrate the usefulness of quantum lightning beyond quantum money by showing several potential applications, such as generating random strings with a proof of entropy, to completely decentralized cryptocurrency without a block-chain, where transactions is instant and local.We give Either/Or results for quantum money/lightning, showing that either signatures/hash functions/commitment schemes meet very strong recently proposed notions of security, or they yield quantum money or lightning. Given the difficulty in constructing public key quantum money, this suggests that natural schemes do attain strong security guarantees.We show that instantiating the quantum money scheme of Aaronson and Christiano [STOC’12] with indistinguishability obfuscation that is secure against quantum computers yields a secure quantum money scheme. This construction can be seen as an instance of our Either/Or result for signatures, giving the first separation between two security notions for signatures from the literature.Finally, we give a plausible construction for quantum lightning, which we prove secure under an assumption related to the multi-collision resistance of degree-2 hash functions. Our construction is inspired by our Either/Or result for hash functions, and yields the first plausible standard model instantiation of a non-collapsing collision resistant hash function. This improves on a result of Unruh [Eurocrypt’16] which is relative to a quantum oracle.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAdvances in Cryptology – EUROCRYPT 2019 - 38th Annual International Conference on the Theory and Applications of Cryptographic Techniques, Proceedings
EditorsYuval Ishai, Vincent Rijmen
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Pages408-438
Number of pages31
ISBN (Print)9783030176587
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2019
Event38th Annual International Conference on the Theory and Applications of Cryptographic Techniques, Eurocrypt 2019 - Darmstadt, Germany
Duration: May 19 2019May 23 2019

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume11478 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349

Conference

Conference38th Annual International Conference on the Theory and Applications of Cryptographic Techniques, Eurocrypt 2019
CountryGermany
CityDarmstadt
Period5/19/195/23/19

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Computer Science(all)

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    Zhandry, M. (2019). Quantum lightning never strikes the same state twice. In Y. Ishai, & V. Rijmen (Eds.), Advances in Cryptology – EUROCRYPT 2019 - 38th Annual International Conference on the Theory and Applications of Cryptographic Techniques, Proceedings (pp. 408-438). (Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics); Vol. 11478 LNCS). Springer Verlag. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-17659-4_14