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codes that are IND-CCA2 secure in the standard model. We analyze a system due
to Dowsley, Muller-Quade and Nascimento. We then show how to instantiate the
Rosen-Segev framework with the McEliece scheme.
•Analysis of “real world” protocols
•Formal Methods applied to security protocols
•Fully Homomorphic Encryption
•Lattice Based Cryptography
•Provable Security, i.e. Protocol and Mechanism design
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The primary goal of cryptography is to protect the confidentiality of data and communications. Stream ciphers is one of the two most popular families of symmetric encryption algorithms that allow to guaranty\r\nconfidentiality and to achieve high performances.\r\n\r\n
In the first part of this thesis, we present different cryptanalysis techniques against stream ciphers: correlation\r\nattack against the stream cipher GRAIN, guess and determine attack against the BSG mechanism, algebraic attack against special\r\nkinds of non-linear feedback shift registers, and chosen IV attack against a reduced version of the stream cipher SALSA.\r\n\r\n
In a second part, we focus on proofs of security for stream ciphers: we introduce the new algorithm QUAD and give some \r\nprovable security arguments in order to link its security to the conjectured intractability of Multivariate Quadratic problem. We also try to extend the security requirements of stream ciphers to the case where initialisation values (IV) are used: we present a construction which allows us\r\nto build a secure IV dependent stream cipher from a number generator and apply it to QUAD, which becomes the first IV dependent\r\nstream cipher with provable security arguments. We also present the algorithms DECIM and SOSEMANUK, to which we made\r\ndesign contributions.\r\n\r\n
Finally in a third part, we present efficient software and hardware implementations of the QUAD algorithm.[...]
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have long been understood as a cryptographic technique, not a
cryptographic goal. Here we cull out a primitive corresponding to
this technique. We call it a garbling scheme. We provide a
provable-security treatment for garbling schemes, endowing them with a
versatile syntax and multiple security definitions. The most basic of
these, privacy, suffices for two-party secure function evaluation
(SFE) and private function evaluation (PFE). Starting from a PRF, we
provide an efficient garbling scheme achieving privacy and we analyze
its concrete security. We next consider obliviousness and
authenticity, properties needed for private and verifiable outsourcing
of computation. We extend our scheme to achieve these ends. We
provide highly efficient blockcipher-based instantiations of both
schemes. Our treatment of garbling schemes presages more efficient
garbling, more rigorous analyses, and more modularly designed
performing encrypted computation on Boolean circuits, i.e., the
user specifies encrypted inputs to the program, and the server computes on the encrypted inputs. Applying these techniques to general programs with recursive procedures and data-dependent loops
has not been a focus of attention. In this paper, we take a first
step toward building a compiler that, given programs with complex
control flow, generates efficient code suitable for the application of
We first describe how programs written in a small Turing-complete instruction set can be executed with encrypted data and
point out inefficiencies in this methodology. We then provide examples of transforming (a) the greatest common divisor (GCD)
problem using Euclid\'s algorithm and (b) the 3-Satisfiability
(3SAT) problem using a recursive backtracking algorithm into a
path-levelized form to which FHE can be applied. We describe
how path levelization reduces control flow ambiguity and improves
encrypted computation efficiency. Using these techniques and data-dependent loops as a starting point, we then build support for hierarchical programs made up of phases, where each phase corresponds to a fixed point computation that can be used to further improve the efficiency of encrypted computation.
In our setting, the adversary learns an estimate of the number of
steps required to complete the computation, which we show is the
least amount of leakage possible.