Date Added: Mar 2012
Cryptographic assumptions regarding tamper proof hardware tokens have gained increasing attention. Even if the tamper-proof hardware is issued by one of the parties, and hence not necessarily trusted by the other, many tasks become possible: Tamper proof hardware is sufficient for universally composable protocols, for information-theoretically secure protocols, and even allows to create software that can only be used once (one-time programs). However, all known protocols employing tamper-proof hardware are either indirect, i.e., additional computational assumptions must be used to obtain general two party computations, or a large number of devices must be used. Unfortunately, issuing multiple independent tamper-proof devices requires much stronger isolation assumptions.