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Hardness of KT Characterizes Parallel Cryptography

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Abstract

A recent breakthrough of Liu and Pass (FOCS'20) shows that one-way functions exist if and only if the (polynomial-)time-bounded Kolmogorov complexity, K^t, is bounded-error hard on average to compute. In this paper, we strengthen this result and extend it to other complexity measures:
- We show, perhaps surprisingly, that the KT complexity is bounded-error average-case hard if and only if there exist one-way functions in constant parallel time (i.e. NC⁰). This result crucially relies on the idea of randomized encodings. Previously, a seminal work of Applebaum, Ishai, and Kushilevitz (FOCS'04; SICOMP'06) used the same idea to show that NC⁰-computable one-way functions exist if and only if logspace-computable one-way functions exist.
- Inspired by the above result, we present randomized average-case reductions among the NC¹-versions and logspace-versions of K^t complexity, and the KT complexity. Our reductions preserve both bounded-error average-case hardness and zero-error average-case hardness. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first reduction between the KT complexity and a variant of K^t complexity.
- We prove tight connections between the hardness of K^t complexity and the hardness of (the hardest) one-way functions. In analogy with the Exponential-Time Hypothesis and its variants, we define and motivate the Perebor Hypotheses for complexity measures such as K^t and KT. We show that a Strong Perebor Hypothesis for K^t implies the existence of (weak) one-way functions of near-optimal hardness 2^{n-o(n)}. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first construction of one-way functions of near-optimal hardness based on a natural complexity assumption about a search problem.
- We show that a Weak Perebor Hypothesis for MCSP implies the existence of one-way functions, and establish a partial converse. This is the first unconditional construction of one-way functions from the hardness of MCSP over a natural distribution.
- Finally, we study the average-case hardness of MKtP. We show that it characterizes cryptographic pseudorandomness in one natural regime of parameters, and complexity-theoretic pseudorandomness in another natural regime.

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@InProceedings{ren_et_al:LIPIcs.CCC.2021.35,
  author =	{Ren, Hanlin and Santhanam, Rahul},
  title =	{{Hardness of KT Characterizes Parallel Cryptography}},
  booktitle =	{36th Computational Complexity Conference (CCC 2021)},
  pages =	{35:1--35:58},
  series =	{Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs)},
  ISBN =	{978-3-95977-193-1},
  ISSN =	{1868-8969},
  year =	{2021},
  volume =	{200},
  editor =	{Kabanets, Valentine},
  publisher =	{Schloss Dagstuhl -- Leibniz-Zentrum f{\"u}r Informatik},
  address =	{Dagstuhl, Germany},
  URL =		{https://drops.dagstuhl.de/opus/volltexte/2021/14309},
  URN =		{urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-143091},
  doi =		{10.4230/LIPIcs.CCC.2021.35},
  annote =	{Keywords: one-way function, meta-complexity, KT complexity, parallel cryptography, randomized encodings}
}

Keywords: one-way function, meta-complexity, KT complexity, parallel cryptography, randomized encodings
Seminar: 36th Computational Complexity Conference (CCC 2021)
Issue date: 2021
Date of publication: 08.07.2021


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