# Questions tagged [secret-sharing]

Secret sharing refers to splitting a secret among multiple parties so that together they can reconstruct it. All parties, or just a threshold number of them, can be required for reconstruction. If fewer than the required number of parties participate, no information should be leaked about the secret.

435 questions
Filter by
Sorted by
Tagged with
3k views

### How do you find a cheater in Shamir Secret Sharing?

If there are 4 people involved, and every two of them should be able to know the secret (the polynomial is just a line) and you are given $f(x)$ and $x$ for each of those people, and you know one of ...
6k views

### Why is Shamir Secret Sharing not secure against active adversaries out-of-the-box?

This linear secret sharing scheme allows us to share a secret between n parties, such that only an honest majority can reconstruct it. I understand that – because I do not allow the user to certify ...
3k views

### Necessity for finite field arithmetic and the prime number p in Shamir's Secret Sharing Scheme

Shamir's original paper (PDF, 197kb) describing a threshold secret sharing scheme states: To make this claim more precise, we use modular arithmetic instead of real arithmetic. The set of ...
2k views

### Coefficients in Shamir's Secret Sharing Scheme

Sorry if this is a stupid question, but: in Shamir's scheme, we construct a polynomial and make our secret $S$ the zero-th coefficient $a_0$. What, if anything, necessitates this - in other words, can ...
848 views

### How can we distribute Shamir's secret sharing scheme shares without a dealer?

Let's say $k$ users have shares to a $(k,n)$ secret sharing scheme, and they want to issue new shares. How can they do this without collecting the shares together? In particular, no set of $k-1$ ...
3k views

### RS Erasure Coding and Shamir's Secret Sharing

So I was trying to understand the basic difference between erasure coding and secret sharing, and I found this paper (that you can find here or here). For what I understand, it states that Shamir's ...
1k views

### Secure degree reduction for Shamir's secret sharing

I understand the basic Shamir Secret Sharing protocol, and when two shares are multiplied, the degree of the polynomial increases. I've seen in a number of papers a reference to a degree reduction ...
2k views

### Should the secret key of Shamir's secret-sharing algorithm be interpreted byte by byte?

Should the secret message of Shamir's secret-sharing algorithm be interpreted and processed byte by byte? Interpreting it byte by byte makes it easier to process, but in case one of the shareholders ...
4k views

### Why does Shamir's Secret Sharing Scheme need a finite field?

I read ampersand's question "Necessity for finite field arithmetic and the prime number p in Shamir's Secret Sharing Scheme", where he asked why Shamir's Secret Sharing Scheme uses arithmetic in a ...
1k views

### K out of N encryption

A friend just showed me how to combine padlocks to achieve a lock that opens when k out of n people turn their keys. I was ...
483 views

### Santa Claus' secret permutation

This December, $N$ friends play secret santa: they select a random permutation $\sigma$ of $N$ (without fixed point). For Santa Claus, everyone has to bring a gift to the next person in the ...
1k views

### Shared secret: Generating Random Permutation

-- or: How to Play Poker Without a Dealer I know this question is long but it's a really interesting theoretical problem about shared secrets and multi-party computation. General Problem: "Shared ...
1k views

### Shamir's Secret Share Over the Reals

What about using Shamir's secret share over the real numbers leaks information? I know there is a problem with random number generation, and someone suggested it leaks the parity of the polynomial, ...
1k views

### Is multiplicative secret sharing secure?

I suggested mulitiplicative secret sharing in an answer to another question, but noted that I wasn't sure if it was even secure and was hoping someone would comment on the security. Since no one did, ...
410 views

### Verifiable, Distributed Secret Santa Assignments

My family was planning a secret santa and I thought about how I might write a little web app to dole out these secret assignments. But the downsides to this approach are obvious: there's no way for ...
2k views

### Computational Complexity Of Breaking Information Theoretic Security

Wikipedia mentions that Shamir's secret sharing(SSS) for example, has information theoretic security. While I understand the concept that the adversary would just not have enough information to break ...
1k views

### Practical examples of Threshold Secret Sharing?

Threshold secret sharing is pretty cool, but unlike, say, public-key cryptography, I haven't really heard about it "in the wild". It appears to be confined to discussions of theoretical scenarios, as ...
8k views

### Reverse engineering secret key in RSA encryption with the help of signature

Consider the following: $i$th message, $m_i$, in its original state. $i$th message, $M_i$, encrypted message $m_i$ using public key. Public key, $p$, in a $b$-bit RSA encryption setup. We can ...
3k views

### Understanding Feldman's VSS with a simple example

I'm trying to understand Feldman's VSS Scheme. The basic idea of that scheme is that one uses Shamir secret sharing to share a secret and commitments of the coefficients of the polynomial to allow the ...
461 views

### Do people not care about side channel resistance?

Recently, I have been browsing a lot through libraries that implementing Shamir secret sharing. I see a lot of code that implements this cryptographic algorithm without any side channel (timing/branch/...
590 views

### Secret sharing - no dealer, modifiable, verifiable

I need to find a secret sharing scheme with these properties: The scheme is set up by all participants, ie no single entity called the dealer The parameters of secret sharing need to be modifiable, ...
302 views

### Share Conversion between Different Finite Fields

Let us have any linear secret sharing scheme (LSSS) that works on some field $Z_{p}$, where p is some prime or a power of a prime e.g., Shamir Secret Sharing, Additive secret Sharing. The problem at ...
1k views

### Shamir's Secret Sharing vs. Asmuth-Bloom scheme

I need to make use of a secret sharing scheme and I don't really know how to decide which one to use, Shamir's or Asmuth-Bloom (using CRT). The complexity for recovering the secret seems to be linear ...
1k views

### Recover from compromised shares with Shamir Secret Sharing

He is a quote from Wikipedia page for Secret Sharing: If the players store their shares on insecure computer servers, an attacker could crack in and steal the shares. If it is not practical to ...
2k views

### Threshold Secret sharing - How to create a shared secret from pre existing secret parts?

In usual $(t, n)$ secret sharing schemes, a secret $S$ is split into $n$ parts so that any $t$ out of $n$ parts reconstruct the original secret. So, suppose that there is a group of $n$ participants ...
939 views

### post-quantum threshold secret sharing

I am looking for a references for post-quantum threshold secret sharing schemes. I am especially interested in knowing whether any one based on one-way compressor functions or cryptographic hashes ...
255 views

### Does Runge phenomenon affect Shamir's secret sharing scheme?

Lagrange interpolation seems to be affected by the so-called Runge phenomenon when one tries to interpolate polynomials of high degree from a set of equidistant points. Lagrange interpolation is ...
876 views

### How to forge a Shamir secret share?

On this website, we have a lot of questions and answers devoted to Shamir secret sharing. We make it clear that Shamir secret sharing does not guarantee integrity. When we want integrity, we need to ...
In this paper of Asmuth–Bloom threshold SSS, the algorithm is as follows: Shares Distribution To distribute n shares of a secret $K$ among the set of participants $P = \{ p_i : 1 ≤ i ≤ n\}$, the ...