Private computation of polynomials over networks

Teimour Hosseinalizadeh*, Fatih Turkmen, Nima Monshizadeh

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Abstract

This study concentrates on preserving privacy in a network of agents where each agent seeks to evaluate a general polynomial function over the private values of her immediate neighbors. We provide an algorithm for the exact evaluation of such functions while preserving privacy of the involved agents. The solution is based on a reformulation of polynomials and adoption of two cryptographic primitives: Paillier as a Partially Homomorphic Encryption scheme and multiplicative–additive secret sharing. The provided algorithm is fully distributed, lightweight in communication, robust to dropout of agents, and can accommodate a wide class of functions. Moreover, system theoretic and secure multi-party conditions guaranteeing the privacy preservation of an agent's private values against a set of colluding agents are established. The theoretical developments are complemented by numerical investigations illustrating the accuracy of the algorithm and the resulting computational cost.

Original languageEnglish
Article number105291
Number of pages11
JournalSystems and Control Letters
Volume166
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug-2022

Keywords

  • Cryptography
  • Multiagent systems
  • Networked systems
  • Polynomials
  • Privacy

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