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00:17 [Pub][ePrint] Cryptanalysis of the Toorani-Falahati Hill Ciphers, by Liam Keliher and Anthony Z. Delaney

  In 2009 and 2011, Toorani and Falahati introduced two variants of the classical Hill Cipher, together with protocols for the exchange of encrypted messages. The designers claim that the new systems overcome the weaknesses of the original Hill Cipher, and are resistant to any ciphertext-only, known-plaintext, chosen-plaintext, or chosen-ciphertext attack. However, we describe a chosen-plaintext attack that easily breaks both Toorani-Falahati Hill Ciphers, and we present computational results that confirm the effectiveness of our attack.

00:17 [Pub][ePrint] One-Sided Adaptively Secure Two-Party Computation, by Carmit Hazay and Arpita Patra

  Adaptive security is a strong security notion that captures additional security threats that are not addressed by static corruptions. For instance, it captures scenarios in which the attacker chooses which party to corrupt based on the protocol communication. It further captures real-world scenarios where ``hackers\'\' actively break into computers, possibly while they are executing secure protocols. Studying this setting is interesting from both theoretical and practical points of view. The former is because the theoretical understanding of this setting is not yet profound and important questions are still unresolved; a notable example is the question regarding the feasibility of constant round adaptively secure protocols. From practical viewpoint, generic adaptively secure protocols are far more complicated and less efficient than static protocols.

A primary building block in designing adaptively secure protocols is a non-committing encryption or NCE that implements secure communication channels in the presence of adaptive corruptions. Current NCE constructions require a number of public key operations that grows linearly with the length of the message. Furthermore, general two-party protocols require a number of NCE calls that is linear in the circuit size (or otherwise the protocol is not round efficient). As a result the number of public key operations is inflated and depends on the circuit size as well.

In this paper we study the two-party setting in which at most one of the parties is adaptively corrupted, which we believe is the right security notion in the two-party setting. We study the feasibility of (1) NCE with constant number of public key operations for any message space. (2) Oblivious transfer with constant number of public key operations for any sender\'s input space, and (3) constant round secure computation protocols with a number of NCE calls, and an overall number of public key operations, that are independent of the circuit size. Our study demonstrates that such primitives indeed exist in the presence of single corruptions, while this is not the case for fully adaptive security (where both parties may get corrupted).

00:17 [Pub][ePrint] A Local-Global Approach to Solving Ideal Lattice Problems, by Yuan Tian and Rongxin Sun and Xueyong Zhu

  We construct an innovative SVP(CVP) solver for ideal lattices in case of any relative extension of number fields L/K of degree n where L is real(contained in R). The solver, by exploiting the relationships between the so-called local and global number fields, reduces solving SVP(CVP) of the input ideal A in field L to solving a set of (at most n) SVP(CVP) of the ideals Ai in field Li with relative degree 1≤ni

00:17 [Pub][ePrint] Enhanced certificate transparency (how Johnny could encrypt), by Mark D. Ryan

  The ``certificate authority\'\' model for authenticating public keys of websites has been attacked in recent years, and several proposals have been made to reinforce it. We develop and extend ``certificate transparency\'\', a proposal in this direction, so that it efficiently handles certificate revocation. We show how this extension can be used to build a secure end-to-end email or messaging system using PKI with no requirement to trust certificate authorities, or to rely on complex peer-to-peer key-signing arrangements such as PGP. We believe this finally makes end-to-end encrypted email as usable as encrypted web browsing is today, addressing the concerns of a classic paper explaining the difficulties users face in encrypting emails (``Why Johnny can\'t encrypt\'\', 1999). Underlying these ideas is a new attacker model appropriate for cloud computing, which we call ``malicious-but-cautious\'\'.

00:17 [Pub][ePrint] Solving the Elliptic Curve Discrete Logarithm Problem Using Semaev Polynomials, Weil Descent and Gröbner Basis Methods -- an Experimental Study, by Michael Shantz and Edlyn Teske

  At ASIACRYPT 2012, Petit and Quisquater suggested that there may be a subexponential-time index-calculus type algorithm for the Elliptic Curve Discrete Logarithm Problem (ECDLP) in characteristic two fields. This algorithm uses Semaev polynomials and Weil Descent to create a system of polynomial equations that subsequently is to be solved with Gröbner basis methods. Its analysis is based on heuristic assumptions on the performance of Gröbner basis methods in this particular setting. While the subexponential behaviour would manifest itself only far beyond the cryptographically interesting range, this result, if correct, would still be extremely remarkable. We examined some aspects of the work by Petit and Quisquater experimentally.

13:27 [Event][New] DigitalSec: The International Conference on Digital Security and Forensics

  Submission: 24 May 2014
Notification: 3 June 2014
From June 24 to June 26
Location: Ostrava, Czech Republic
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09:17 [Pub][ePrint] SPHF-Friendly Non-Interactive Commitments, by Michel Abdalla and Fabrice Benhamouda and Olivier Blazy and Céline Chevalier and David Pointcheval

  In 2009, Abdalla et al. proposed a reasonably practical password-authenticated key exchange (PAKE) secure against adaptive adversaries in the universal composability (UC) framework. It exploited the Canetti-Fischlin methodology for commitments and the Cramer-Shoup smooth projective hash functions (SPHFs), following the Gennaro-Lindell approach for PAKE. In this paper, we revisit the notion of non-interactive commitments, with a new formalism that implies UC security. In addition, we provide a quite efficient instantiation. We then extend our formalism to SPHF-friendly commitments. We thereafter show that it allows a blackbox application to one-round PAKE and oblivious transfer (OT), still secure in the UC framework against adaptive adversaries, assuming reliable erasures and a single global common reference string, even for multiple sessions. Our instantiations are more efficient than the Abdalla et al. PAKE in Crypto 2009 and the recent OT protocol proposed by Choi~et al. in PKC 2013. Furthermore, the new PAKE instantiation is the first one-round scheme achieving UC security against adaptive adversaries.

03:17 [Pub][ePrint] Random Projections, Graph Sparsification, and Differential Privacy, by Jalaj Upadhyay

  This paper initiates the study of preserving {\\em differential privacy} ({\\sf DP}) when the data-set is sparse. We study the problem of constructing efficient sanitizer that preserves {\\sf DP} and guarantees high utility for answering cut-queries on graphs. The main motivation for studying sparse graphs arises from the empirical evidences that social networking sites are sparse graphs. We also motivate and advocate the necessity to include the efficiency of sanitizers, in addition to the utility guarantee, if one wishes to have a practical deployment of privacy preserving sanitizers.

We show that the technique of Blocki et al. (FOCS2012) ({\\sf BBDS}) can be adapted to preserve {\\sf DP} for answering cut-queries on sparse graphs, with an asymptotically efficient sanitizer than~{\\sf BBDS}. We use this as the base technique to construct an efficient sanitizer for arbitrary graphs. In particular, we use a preconditioning step that preserves the spectral properties (and therefore, size of any cut is preserved), and then apply our basic sanitizer. We first prove that our sanitizer preserves {\\sf DP} for graphs with high conductance. We then carefully compose our basic technique with the modified sanitizer to prove the result for arbitrary graphs. In certain sense, our approach is complementary to the Randomized sanitization for answering cut queries (Gupta, Roth, and Ullman, TCC 2012): we use graph sparsification, while Randomized sanitization uses graph densification.

Our sanitizers almost achieves the best of both the worlds with the same privacy guarantee, i.e., it is almost as efficient as the most efficient sanitizer and it has utility guarantee almost as strong as the utility guarantee of the best sanitization algorithm.

We also make some progress in answering few open problems by {\\sf BBDS}. We make a combinatorial observation that allows us to argue that the sanitized graph can also answer $(S,T)$-cut queries with same asymptotic efficiency, utility, and {\\sf DP} guarantee as our sanitization algorithm for $S, \\bar{S}$-cuts. Moreover, we achieve a better utility guarantee than Gupta, Roth, and Ullman (TCC 2012). We give further optimization by showing that fast Johnson-Lindenstrauss transform of Ailon and Chazelle~\\cite{AC09} also preserves {\\sf DP}.

03:17 [Pub][ePrint] PriWhisper: Enabling Keyless Secure Acoustic Communication for Smartphones, by Bingsheng Zhang, Qin Zhan, Junfei Wang, Kui Ren, Cong Wang, Di Ma

  Short-range wireless communication technologies have been used in many security-sensitive smartphone applications and services such as contactless micro payment and device pairing. Typically, the data confidentiality of the existing short-range communication systems relies on so-called \"key-exchange then encryption\" mechanism. Namely, both parties need to spend extra communication to establish a common key before transmitting their actual messages, which is inefficient, especially for short communication sessions. In this work, we present PriWhisper -- a keyless secure acoustic short-range communication system for smartphones. It is designed to provide a purely software-based solution to secure smartphone short-range communication without the key agreement phase. PriWhisper adopts the emerging friendly jamming technique from radio communication for data confidentiality. The system prototype is implemented and evaluated on several Android smartphone platforms for efficiency and usability. We theoretically and experimentally analyze the security of our proposed acoustic communication system against various passive and active adversaries. In particular, we also study the (in)separability of the data signal and jamming signal against Blind Signal Segmentation (BSS) attacks such as Independent Component Analysis (ICA). The result shows that PriWhisper provides sufficient security guarantees for commercial smartphone applications and yet strong compatibilities with most legacy smartphone platforms.

03:17 [Pub][ePrint] The Special Number Field Sieve in $\\F _{p^{n}}$, Application to Pairing-Friendly Constructions, by Antoine Joux and Cécile Pierrot

  In this paper, we study the

discrete logarithm problem in finite fields related to pairing-based

curves. We start with a precise analysis of the

state-of-the-art algorithms for computing discrete logarithms that

are suitable for finite fields related to pairing-friendly

constructions. To improve upon these algorithms, we extend the

Special Number Field Sieve to compute discrete logarithms in

$\\F_{p^{n}}$, where $p$ has an adequate sparse representation. Our

improved algorithm works for the whole range of applicability of the

Number Field Sieve.

03:17 [Pub][ePrint] polynomial selection for the number field sieve in geometric view, by Min yang, Qingshu Meng, Zhangyi Wang, Lina Wang, Huanguo Zhang

  Polynomial selection is the first important step in number field sieve. A good polynomial not only can produce more relations in the sieving step, but also can reduce the matrix size. In this paper, we propose to use geometric view in the polynomial selection. In geometric view, the coefficients\' interaction on size and the number of real roots are simultaneously considered in polynomial selection. We get two simple criteria. The first is that the leading coefficient should not be too large or some good polynomials will be omitted. The second is that the coefficient of degree $d-2$ should be negative and it is better if the coefficients of degree $d-1$ and $d-3$ have opposite sign. Using these new criteria, the computation can be reduced while we can get good polynomials. Many experiments on large integers show the effectiveness of our conclusion.