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10:17 [Pub][ePrint] Encryption Quality Analysis of the RCBC Block Cipher Compared with RC6 and RC5 Algorithms , by Abdul Hamid M. Ragab, Osama S. Farag Alla, Amin Y. Noaman

  In this paper, we investigate the encryption quality of the robust chaotic block cipher (RCBC) algorithm; which is based on chaotic map. In addition to visual inspection of images encryption testing, five analytical metrics are developed for analyzing the encryption quality. These metrics are used to evaluate several encrypted images factors include: maximum deviation, irregular deviation, information entropy, correlation coefficients, and avalanche effect. Comparison of the encryption quality for RCBC, RC6 and RC5 implantations to digital images are performed. In the experimental results, we have made our tests using color images Lena, Cman, and Peppers, each of size 512x512 pixels, as the original images (plain-images). Results show better quality of the RCBC.

10:17 [Pub][ePrint] Parallelized hashing via j-lanes and j-pointers tree modes, with applications to SHA-256, by Shay Gueron

  The j-lanes tree hashing is a tree mode that splits an input message to j slices, computes j independent digests of each slice, and outputs the hash value of their concatenation. The j-pointers tree hashing is a similar tree mode that receives, as input, j pointers to j messages (or slices of a single message), computes their digests and outputs the hash value of their concatenation. Such modes have parallelization capabilities on a hashing process that is serial by nature. As a result, they have performance advantage on modern processor architectures. This paper provides precise specifications for these hashing modes, proposes a setup for appropriate IV\'s definition, and demonstrates their performance on the latest processors. Our hope is that it would be useful for standardization of these modes.

09:19 [Event][New] Asiacrypt 2014

  Submission: 27 May 2014
Notification: 22 August 2014
From December 7 to December 11
Location: Kaohsiung, Taiwan
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09:18 [Event][New] Asiacrypt 2014: The 20th Annual Conference on the Theory and Application of Cryptography

  Submission: 27 May 2014
Notification: 22 August 2014
From December 7 to December 11
Location: Kaohsiung, Taiwan
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01:17 [Pub][ePrint] TRUESET: Nearly Practical Verifiable Set Computations, by Ahmed E. Kosba and Dimitrios Papadopoulos and Charalampos Papamanthou and Mahmoud F. Sayed and Elaine Shi and Nikolaos Triandopoulos

  Verifiable computation (VC) enables thin clients to efficiently verify the computational results produced by a powerful server. Although VC was initially considered to be mainly of theoretical interest, over the last two years, impressive progress has been made on implementing VC. Specifically, we now have open-source implementations of VC systems that can handle all classes of computations expressed either as circuits or in the RAM model. However, despite this very encouraging progress, new enhancements in the design and implementation of VC protocols are required in order to achieve truly practical VC for real-world applications. In this work, we show that for functionalities that can be expressed efficiently in terms of set operations (e.g., a subset of SQL queries) VC can be enhanced to become drastically more practical: We present the design and prototype implementation of a novel VC scheme that achieves orders of magnitude speed-up in comparison with the state of the art. Specifically, we build and evaluate TRUESET, a system that can verifiably compute any polynomial-time function expressed as a circuit consisting of \"set gates\" such as union, intersection, difference and set cardinality. Moreover, TRUESET supports hybrid circuits consisting of both set gates and traditional arithmetic gates and, therefore, does not lose any of the expressiveness of the previous schemes (allowing, at the same time, the user to choose the most efficient way to represent different parts of a computation task). By expressing set computations as polynomial operations and introducing a novel Quadratic Polynomial Program technique, TRUESET achieves prover performance speed-up ranging from 30x to 150x and yields up to 97% evaluation key size reduction.

01:17 [Pub][ePrint] ``Ooh Aah... Just a Little Bit\'\' : A small amount of side channel can go a long way, by Naomi Benger and Joop van de Pol and Nigel P. Smart and Yuval Yarom

  We apply the Flush-Reload side-channel attack based on cache hits/misses to extract a small amount of data from OpenSSL ECDSA signature requests. We then apply a ``standard\'\' lattice technique to extract the private key, but unlike previous attacks we are able to make use of the side-channel information from almost all of the observed executions. This means we obtain private key recovery by observing a relatively small number of executions, and by expending a relatively small amount of post-processing via lattice reduction. We demonstrate our analysis via experiments using the curve secp256k1 used in the Bitcoin protocol. In particular we show that with as little as 200 signatures we are able to achieve a reasonable level of success in recovering the secret key for a 256-bit curve. This is significantly better than prior methods of applying lattice reduction techqniques to similar side channel information.


  Signcryption is a useful paradigm which simultaneously offers both the functions of encryption and signature in a single logic step. It would be interesting to make signcryption certificateless to ease the heavy burden of certificate management in traditional public key cryptography (PKC) and solve the key escrow problem in Identity-based public key cryptography (ID-PKC). Most certificateless signcryption (CL-SC) schemes are constructed in the random oracle model instead of the standard model. By exploiting Bellare and Shoup\'s one-time signature, Hwang et al.\'s certificateless encryption and Li et al.\'s identity-based signcryption, this paper proposes a new CL-SC scheme secure in the standard model. It is proven that our CL-SC scheme satisfies semantic security and unforgeability against the outside adversary and malicious-but-passive key generation center (KGC) assuming the hardness of bilinear decision Diffie-Hellman (BDDH) and computational Diffie-Hellman (CDH) problems. Our security proofs do not depend on random oracles.

01:17 [Pub][ePrint] Improved Secure Implementation of Code-Based Signature Schemes on Embedded Devices, by Arnaud Dambra and Philippe Gaborit and Myl\\`ene Roussellet and Julien Schrek and Nicolas Tafforeau

  Amongst areas of cryptographic research, there has recently been a widening interest for code-based cryptosystems and their implementations. Besides the {\\it a priori} resistance to quantum computer attacks, they represent a real alternative to the currently used cryptographic schemes. In this paper we consider the implementation of the Stern authentication scheme and one recent variation of this scheme by Aguilar {\\it et al.}. These two schemes allow public authentication and public signature with public and private keys of only a few hundreds bits. The contributions of this paper are twofold: first, we describe how to implement a code-based signature in a constrained device through the Fiat-Shamir paradigm, in particular we show how to deal with long signatures. Second, we implement and explain new improvements for code-based zero-knowledge signature schemes. We describe implementations for these signature and authentication schemes, secured against side channel attacks, which drastically improve the previous implementation presented at Cardis 2008 by Cayrel {\\it et al.}. We obtain a factor 3 reduction of speed and a factor of about 2 for the length of the signature. We also provide an extensive comparison with RSA signatures.

01:17 [Pub][ePrint] Generalized proper matrices and constructing of $m$-resilient Boolean functions with maximal nonlinearity for expanded range of parameters, by Yuriy Tarannikov

  Nonlinearity and resiliency are well known as some of the most important

cryptographic parameters of Boolean functions, it is actual the problem of

the constructing of functions that have high nonlinearity and resiliency

simultaneously. In 2000 three groups of au\\-thors obtained independently the

upper bound $2^{n-1}-2^{m+1}$ for the nonlinearity of an $m$-resilient

function of $n$ variables. It was shown that if this bound is achieved then

$(n-3)/2\\le m\\le n-2$. Simultaneously in 2000 Tarannikov constructed

functions that achieve this bound for $(2n-7)/3\\le m\\le n-2$. In 2001

Tarannikov constructed such functions for $0.6n-1\\le m$ introducing for this

aim so called proper matrices; later in 2001 Fedorova and Tarannikov

constructed by means of proper matrices the functions that achieve the bound

$2^{n-1}-2^{m+1}$ for $m\\ge cn(1+o(1))$ where

$c=1/\\log_2(\\sqrt{5}+1)=0.5902...$ but proved simultaneously

that by means of proper matrices it is impossible to improve this

result. During the period since 2001 it was not any further progress

in the problem on the achievability of the bound $2^{n-1}-2^{m+1}$ in spite of

this problem was well known and actual except the constructing

in 2006--2007 by three groups of authors by means of a computer search

concrete functions for $n=9$, $m=3$. In this paper we find the new

approach that uses the generalization of the concept of proper

matrices. We formulate com\\-bi\\-na\\-to\\-ri\\-al problems solutions of which

allow to construct generalized proper matrices with parameters impossible

for old proper matrices. As a result we obtain the constructions of

$m$-resilient functions of $n$ variables with maximal nonlinearity for

$m\\ge cn(1+o(1))$ where $c=0.5789...$, and also we demonstrate how further

advance in combinatorial problems follows an additional decrease of the

constant $c$.


  With the fast development of cryptography research and computer technology, the cryptosystems of RSA and Diffe-Hellman are getting more and more unsafe, and Elliptic Curve Cryptosystem is becoming the trend of public cryptography in the future. Scalar Point Multiplication Scalar multiplication is the time consuming operation in elliptic curve based cryptosystem. In this paper, Nicolas Meloni1,2 2012 springer algorithm for addition of points on elliptic curve is used along with multibase concept to improve the speed of the scalar multiplication. Comparative analysis of proposed approach and some previous approaches is also discussed in last.

01:17 [Pub][ePrint] Tuple decoders for traitor tracing schemes, by Jan-Jaap Oosterwijk, Jeroen Doumen, Thijs Laarhoven

  In the field of collusion-resistant traitor tracing, Oosterwijk et al. recently determined the optimal suspicion function for simple decoders. Earlier, Moulin also considered another type of decoder: the generic joint decoder that compares all possible coalitions, and showed that usually the generic joint decoder outperforms the simple decoder. Both Amiri and Tardos, and Meerwald and Furon described constructions that assign suspicion levels to $c$-tuples, where $c$ is the number of colluders. We investigate a novel idea: the tuple decoder, assigning a suspicion level to tuples of a fixed size. In contrast to earlier work, we use this in a novel accusation algorithm to decide for each distinct user whether or not to accuse him. We expect such a scheme to outperform simple decoders while not being as computationally intensive as the generic joint decoder. In this paper we generalize the optimal suspicion functions to tuples, and describe a family of accusation algorithms in this setting that accuses individual users using this tuple-based information.