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2013-04-02
15:17 [Pub][ePrint] A generalisation of Miller\'s algorithm and applications to pairing computations on abelian varieties, by David Lubicz and Damien Robert

  In this paper, we use the theory of theta functions to generalize to

all abelian varieties the usual Miller\'s algorithm to compute a

function associated to a principal divisor. We also explain how to

use the Frobenius morphism on abelian varieties defined over a

finite field in order to shorten the loop of the Weil and Tate

pairings algorithms. This extend preceding results about ate and

twisted ate pairings to all abelian varieties. Then building upon

the two preceding ingredients, we obtain a variant of optimal

pairings on abelian varieties. Finally, by introducing new addition

formulas, we explain how to compute optimal pairings on Kummer

varieties. We compare in term of performance the resulting

algorithms to the algorithms already known in the genus one and two

case.



12:17 [Pub][ePrint] The Vernam cipher is robust to small deviations from randomness, by Boris Ryabko

  The Vernam cipher (or one-time pad) has played an important rule in cryptography because it is a perfect secrecy system.

For example, if an English text (presented in binary system) $X_1 X_2 ... $ is enciphered according to the formula $Z_i = (X_i + Y_i) \\mod 2 $, where $Y_1 Y_2 ...$ is a key sequence generated by the Bernoulli source with equal probabilities of 0 and 1, anyone who knows $Z_1 Z_2 ... $ has no information about $X_1 X_2 ... $

without the knowledge of the key $Y_1 Y_2 ...$. (The best strategy is to guess $X_1 X_2 ... $ not paying attention to $Z_1 Z_2 ... $.)

But what should one say about secrecy of an analogous method where the key sequence $Y_1 Y_2 ...$ is generated by the Bernoulli

source with a small bias, say, $P(0) = 0.49, $ $ P(1) = 0.51$?

To the best of our knowledge, there are no theoretical estimates for the secrecy of such a system, as well as for the general case where $X_1 X_2 ... $ (the plaintext) and key sequence are described by stationary ergodic processes.

We consider the running-key ciphers where the plaintext and the key are generated by stationary ergodic sources and show how to estimate the secrecy of such systems. In particular, it is shown that, in a certain sense, the Vernam cipher is robust to small deviations from randomness.





2013-04-01
15:17 [Pub][ePrint] Cryptanalysis of RC4(n,m) Stream Cipher, by Mohammad Ali Orumiehchiha and Josef Pieprzyk and Elham Shakour and Ron Steinfeld

  $RC4(n,m)$ is a stream cipher based on RC4 and is designed by G. Gong $et ~al.$. It can be seen as a generalization of the famous RC4 stream cipher designed by Ron Rivest. The authors of $RC4(n,m)$ claim that the cipher resists all the attacks that are successful against the original RC4. The paper reveals cryptographic weaknesses of the $RC4(n,m)$ stream cipher. We develop two attacks. The first one is based on non-randomness of internal state and allows to distinguish it from a truly random cipher by an algorithm that has access to $2^{4\\cdot n}$ bits of the keystream. The second attack exploits low diffusion of bits in the KSA and PRGA algorithms and recovers all bytes of the secret key. This attack works only if the initial value of the cipher can be manipulated.

Apart from the secret key, the cipher uses two other inputs, namely, initial value and initial vector. Although these inputs are fixed in the cipher specification, some applications may allow the inputs to be under the attacker control. Assuming that the attacker can control the initial value, we show a distinguisher for the cipher and a secret key recovery attack that for the \\textit{L}-bit secret key, is able to recover it with about $(L/n)\\cdot 2^n $ steps. The attack has been implemented on a standard PC and can reconstruct the secret key of RC(8,32) in less than a second.



15:17 [Pub][ePrint] Malleable Signatures: Complex Unary Transformations and Delegatable Anonymous Credentials, by Melissa Chase and Markulf Kohlweiss and Anna Lysyanskaya and Sarah Meiklejohn

  A signature scheme is malleable if, on input a message m and a signature $\\sigma$, it is possible to efficiently compute a signature $\\sigma\'$ on a related message $m\' = T(m)$, for a transformation T that is allowable with respect to this signature scheme. Previous work considered various useful flavors of allowable transformations, such as quoting and sanitizing messages. In this paper, we explore a connection between malleable signatures and anonymous credentials, and give the following contributions:

-We define and construct malleable signatures for a broad category of allowable transformation classes, with security properties that are stronger than those that have been achieved previously. Our construction of malleable signatures is generically based on malleable zero-knowledge proofs, and we show how to instantiate it under the Decision Linear assumption.

-We construct delegatable anonymous credentials from signatures that are malleable with respect to an appropriate class of transformations; we also show that our construction of malleable signatures works for this class of transformations. The resulting concrete instantiation is the first to achieve security under a standard assumption (Decision Linear) while also scaling linearly with the number of delegations.



15:17 [Pub][ePrint] A New Class of Product-sum Type Public Key Cryptosystem,K(V)$\\Sigma\\Pi$PKC,Constructed Based on Maximum Length Code, by Masao KASAHARA

  The author recently proposed a new class of knapsack type PKC referred to as K(II)$\\Sigma\\Pi$PKC [1]. In K(II)$\\Sigma\\Pi$PKC with old algorithm DA[I], Bob randomly constructs a very small subset of Alice\'s set of public key whose order is very large, under the condition that the coding rate $\\rho$ satisfies $0.01 < \\rho < 0.2$. In K(II)$\\Sigma\\Pi$PKC, no secret sequence such as super-increasing sequence or shifted-odd sequence but the sequence whose components are constructed by a product of the same number of many prime numbers of the same size, is used. In this paper we present a new algorithm, DA(II) for decoding K(II)$\\Sigma\\Pi$PKC.We show that with new decoding algorithm, DA(II), K(II)$\\Sigma\\Pi$PKC yields a higher coding rate and a smaller size of public key compared with K(II)$\\Sigma\\Pi$PKC using old decoding algorithm, DA(I). We further present a generalized version of K(II) $\\Sigma\\Pi$PKC, referred to as K(\\v)$\\Sigma\\Pi$PKC. We finally present a new decoding algorithm DA(III) and show that, in K(V)$\\Sigma\\Pi$PKC with DA(III), the relation, $r_F\\simeq 0, \\rho \\simeq \\frac{2}{3}$ holds, where $r_F$ is the factor ratio that will be defined in this paper. We show that K(V)$\\Sigma\\Pi$PKC yields a higher security compared with K(II) $\\Sigma\\Pi$PKC.



15:17 [Pub][ePrint] On the evaluation of modular polynomials, by Andrew V. Sutherland

  We present two algorithms that, given a prime ell and an elliptic curve E/Fq, directly compute the polynomial $\\Phi_\\ell(j(E),Y)\\in\\Fq[Y] whose roots are the j-invariants of the elliptic curves that are ell-isogenous to E. We do not assume that the modular polynomial Phi_ell(X,Y) is given. The algorithms may be adapted to handle other types of modular polynomials, and we consider applications to point counting and the computation of endomorphism rings. We demonstrate the practical efficiency of the algorithms by setting a new point-counting record, modulo a prime q with more than 5,000 decimal digits, and by evaluating a modular polynomial of level ell=100,019.



15:17 [Pub][ePrint] Collusion-Resistant Domain-Specific Pseudonymous Signatures, by Julien Bringer and Herve Chabanne and Alain Patey

  At ISC 2012, Bender et al. introduced the notion of domain-specific pseudonymous signatures for ID documents. With this primitive, a user can sign with domain-specific pseudonyms, that cannot be linked across domains but that are linkable in a given domain. However, their security model assumes non-collusion of malicious users, which is a strong assumption. We therefore propose improvements to their construction. Our main contribution is a new pseudonymous signature scheme based on group signatures that is collusion-resistant.



15:17 [Pub][ePrint] Practical Multilinear Maps over the Integers, by Jean-Sebastien Coron and Tancrede Lepoint and Mehdi Tibouchi

  Extending bilinear elliptic curve pairings to multilinear maps is a long-standing open problem. The first plausible construction of such multilinear maps has recently been described by Garg, Gentry and Halevi, based on ideal lattices. In this paper we describe a

different construction that works over the integers instead of ideal lattices, similar to the DGHV fully homomorphic encryption scheme. We also describe a different technique for proving the full randomization of encodings: instead of Gaussian linear sums, we apply the classical leftover hash lemma over a quotient lattice. We show that our construction is relatively practical: for reasonable security parameters a one-round 7-party Diffie-Hellman key exchange requires about $25$ seconds per party.





2013-03-31
00:17 [Pub][ePrint] On the Classification of Differential Invariants for Multivariate Post-Quantum Cryptosystems\", by Ray Perlner and Daniel Smith-Tone

  Multivariate Public Key Cryptography(MPKC) has become one of a few options for security in the quantum model of computing. Though a few multivariate systems have resisted years of effort from the cryptanalytic community, many such systems have fallen to a surprisingly small pool of techniques. There have been several recent attempts at formalizing more robust security arguments in this venue with varying degrees of applicability. We present an extension of one such recent measure of security against a differential adversary which has the benefit of being immediately applicable in a general setting on unmodified multivariate schemes.



00:17 [Pub][ePrint] Cryptanalysis of Some Double-Block-Length Hash Modes of Block Ciphers with $n$-Bit Block and $n$-Bit Key, by Deukjo Hong and Daesung Kwon

  In this paper, we make attacks on DBL (Double-Block-Length) hash modes of block ciphers with n-bit key and n-bit block. Our preimage attack on MDC-4 scheme requires the time complexity $2^{3n/2}$, which

is significantly improved compared to the previous results. Our collision attack on the hash function of MJH scheme has time complexity less than $2^{124}$ for n = 128. Our preimage attack on the compression functions of MJH scheme find a preimage with time complexity of $2^n$. It is converted to a preimage attack on the hash function with time complexity of $2^{3n/2+1}$. Our preimage attack on the compression functions of MJH scheme find a preimage with time complexity of $2^{3n/2}$. It is converted to a second-preimage attack on the hash function with time complexity of $2^{7n/4+1}$. These attacks are helpful for understanding the security of the hash modes together with their security proofs.



00:17 [Pub][ePrint] Machine-Generated Algorithms, Proofs and Software for the Batch Verification of Digital Signature Schemes, by Joseph A. Akinyele and Matthew Green and Susan Hohenberger and Matthew W. Pagano

  As devices everywhere increasingly communicate with each other, many security applications will require low-bandwidth signatures that can be processed quickly. Pairing-based signatures can be very short, but are often costly to verify. Fortunately, they also tend to have efficient batch verification algorithms. Finding these batching algorithms by hand, however, can be tedious and error prone.

We address this by presenting AutoBatch, an automated tool for generating batch verification code in either Python or C++ from a high level representation of a signature scheme. AutoBatch outputs both software and, for transparency, a LaTeX file describing the batching algorithm and arguing that it preserves the unforgeability of the original scheme.

We tested AutoBatch on over a dozen pairing-based schemes to demonstrate that a computer could find competitive batching solutions in a reasonable amount of time. Indeed, it proved highly competitive. In particular, it found an algorithm that is significantly faster than a batching algorithm from Eurocrypt 2010. Another novel contribution is that it handles cross-scheme batching, where it searches for a common algebraic structure between two distinct schemes and attempts to batch them together.

In this work, we expand upon an extended abstract on AutoBatch appearing in ACM CCS 2012 in a number of ways. We add a new loop-unrolling technique and show that it helps cut the batch verification cost of one scheme by roughly half. We describe our pruning and search algorithms in greater detail, including pseudocode and diagrams. All experiments were also re-run using the RELIC pairing library. We compare those results to our earlier results using the MIRACL library, and discuss why RELIC outperforms MIRACL in all but two cases. Automated proofs of several new batching algorithms are also included.

AutoBatch is a useful tool for cryptographic designers and implementors, and to our knowledge, it is the first attempt to outsource to machines the design, proof writing and implementation of signature batch verification schemes.