Error-tolerant oblivious transfer in the noisy-storage model

Cosmo Lupo, James T. Peat, Erika Andersson, Pieter Kok

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The noisy-storage model of quantum cryptography allows for information-theoretically secure two-party computation based on the assumption that a cheating user has at most access to an imperfect, noisy quantum memory, whereas the honest users do not need a quantum memory at all. In general, the more noisy the quantum memory of the cheating user, the more secure the implementation of oblivious transfer, which is a primitive that allows universal secure two-party and multiparty computation. For experimental implementations of oblivious transfer, one has to consider that also the devices held by the honest users are lossy and noisy, and error correction needs to be applied to correct these trusted errors. The latter are expected to reduce the security of the protocol, since a cheating user may hide themselves in the trusted noise. Here we leverage entropic uncertainty relations to derive tight bounds on the security of oblivious transfer with a trusted and untrusted noise. In particular, we discuss noisy storage and bounded storage, with independent and correlated noise.

Original languageEnglish
Article number033163
JournalPhysical Review Research
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 7 Sept 2023

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Physics and Astronomy


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