We survey basic definitions and results concerning secure multi-party computations, where the two-party case is an important special case. In a nutshell, these results assert that, under a variety of reasonable settings and/or assumptions, it is possible to construct protocols for securely computing any desirable multi-party functionality. Confining ourselves to the very basics of this vast area of study, we focus on the stand-alone setting, while leaving the survey of the study of the security of concurrent executions to other surveys.
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