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00:17 [Pub][ePrint] How to Estimate the Success Rate of Higher-Order Side-Channel Attacks, by Victor Lomné, Emmanuel Prouff, Matthieu Rivain, Thomas Roche, Adrian Thillard

  The resistance of a cryptographic implementation with regards to side-channel analysis is often quantified by measuring the success rate of a given attack. This approach cannot always be followed in practice, especially when the implementation includes some countermeasures that may render the attack too costly for an evaluation purpose, but not costly enough from a security point of view. An evaluator then faces the issue of estimating the success rate of an attack he cannot mount. The present paper adresses this issue by presenting a methodology to estimate the success rate of higher-order side-channel attacks targeting implementations protected by masking. Specifically, we generalize the approach initially proposed at SAC 2008 in the context of first-order side-channel attacks. The principle is to approximate the distribution of an attack\'s score vector by a multivariate Gaussian distribution, whose parameters are derived by profiling the leakage. One can then accurately compute the expected attack success rate with respect to the number of leakage measurements. We apply this methodology to higher-order side-channel attacks based on the widely used correlation and likelihood distinguishers. Moreover, we validate our approach with simulations and practical attack experiments against masked AES implemenations running on two different microcontrollers.

00:17 [Pub][ePrint] Efficient RAM and control flow in verifiable outsourced computation, by Riad S. Wahby and Srinath Setty and Zuocheng Ren and Andrew J. Blumberg and Michael Walfish

  Recent work on proof-based verifiable computation has resulted in built

systems that employ tools from complexity theory and cryptography to

address a basic problem in systems security: allowing a local computer

to outsource the execution of a program while providing the local

computer with a guarantee of integrity and the remote computer with a

guarantee of privacy. However, support for programs that use RAM and

complicated control flow has been problematic. State of the art systems

restrict the use of these constructs (e.g., requiring static loop

bounds), incur sizable overhead on every step to support these

constructs, or pay tremendous costs when the constructs are invoked.

This paper describes Buffet, a built system that solves these problems

by providing inexpensive \"a la carte\" RAM and dynamic control flow

constructs. Buffet composes an elegant prior approach to RAM with a

novel adaptation of techniques from the compiler community. The result

is a system that allows the programmer to express programs in an

expansive subset of C (disallowing only \"goto\" and function pointers),

can handle essentially any example in the verifiable computation

literature, and achieves the best performance in the area by multiple

orders of magnitude.

02:53 [Event][New] 8th International Conference on Cryptology Africacrypt 2015

  Submission: 9 January 2015
Notification: 27 February 2015
From May 27 to May 29
Location: Dakar, Senegal
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00:17 [Pub][ePrint] One-Round Deniable Key Exchange with Perfect Forward Security, by Weiqiang Wen and Libin Wang and Min Xie

  In response to the need for secure one-round authenticated key exchange protocols providing both perfect forward secrecy and full deniability, we put forward a new paradigm for constructing protocols from a Diffie-Hellman type protocol plus a non-interactive designated verifier proof of knowledge (DV-PoK) scheme. We define the notion of DV-PoK which is a variant of non-interactive zero-knowledge proof of knowledge, and provide an efficient DV-PoK scheme as a central technical building block of our protocol. The DV-PoK scheme possesses nice properties such as unforgeability and symmetry which help our protocol to achieve perfect forward secrecy and full deniability respectively. Moreover, the security properties are formally proved in the Canetti-Krawczyk model under the Gap Diffie-Hellman assumption. In sum, our protocol offers a remarkable combination of salient security properties and efficiency, and the notion of DV-PoK is of independent interests.

00:17 [Pub][ePrint] Outsourced Pattern Matching, by Sebastian Faust and Carmit Hazay and Daniele Venturi

  In secure delegatable computation, computationally weak devices (or clients) wish to outsource their computation and data to an untrusted server in the cloud. While most earlier work considers the general question of how to securely outsource any computation to the cloud server, we focus on concrete and important functionalities and give the first protocol for the pattern matching problem in the cloud.

Loosely speaking, this problem considers a text $T$ that is outsourced to the cloud $\\bfS$ by a sender $\\sen$. In a query phase, receivers $\\rec_1, \\ldots , \\rec_l$ run an efficient protocol with the server $\\bfS$ and the sender $\\sen$ in order to learn the positions at which a pattern of length $m$ matches the text (and nothing beyond that). This is called the outsourced pattern matching problem which is highly motivated in the context of delegatable computing since it offers storage alternatives for massive databases that contain confidential data (e.g., health related data about patient history).

Our constructions are simulation-based secure in the presence of semi-honest and malicious adversaries (in the random oracle model) and limit the communication in the query phase to $O(m)$ bits plus the number of occurrences---which is optimal. In contrast to generic solutions for delegatable computation, our schemes do not rely on fully homomorphic encryption but instead use novel ideas for solving pattern matching, based on a reduction to the subset sum problem. Interestingly, we do not rely on the hardness of the problem, but rather we exploit instances that are solvable in polynomial-time. A follow-up result demonstrates that the random oracle is essential in order to meet our communication bound.

00:17 [Pub][ePrint] Locally Decodable and Updatable Non-Malleable Codes and Their Applications, by Dana Dachman-Soled and Feng-Hao Liu and Elaine Shi and Hong-Sheng Zhou

  Non-malleable codes, introduced as a relaxation of error-correcting codes by Dziembowski, Pietrzak and Wichs (ICS \'10), provide the security guarantee that the message contained in a tampered codeword is either the same as the original message or is set to an unrelated value. Various applications of non-malleable codes have been discovered, and one of the most significant applications among these is the connection with tamper-resilient cryptography. There is a large body of work considering security against various classes of tampering functions, as well as non-malleable codes with enhanced features such as leakage resilience.

In this work, we propose combining the concepts of non-malleability, leakage resilience, and locality in a coding scheme. The contribution of this work is three-fold:

1. As a conceptual contribution, we define a new notion of locally decodable and updatable non-malleable code that combines the above properties.

2. We present two simple and efficient constructions achieving our new notion with different levels of security.

3. We present an important application of our new tool--securing RAM computation against memory tampering and leakage attacks. This is analogous to the usage of traditional non-malleable codes to secure implementations in the circuit model against memory tampering and leakage attacks.

00:17 [Pub][ePrint] On the Optimal Pre-Computation of Window $\\tau$NAF for Koblitz Curves, by William R. Trost and Guangwu Xu

  Koblitz curves have been a nice subject of consideration for both theoretical and practical interests. The window $\\tau$-adic algorithm of Solinas (window $\\tau$NAF) is the most powerful method for computing point multiplication for Koblitz curves. Pre-computation plays an important role in improving the performance of point multiplication. In this paper, the concept of optimal pre-computation for window $\\tau$NAF is formulated. In this setting, an optimal pre-computation has some mathematically natural and clean forms, and requires $2^{w-2}-1$ point additions and two evaluations of the Frobenius map $\\tau$, where $w$ is the window width. One of the main results of this paper is to construct an optimal pre-computation scheme for each window width $w$ from $4$ to $15$ (more than practical needs). These pre-computations can be easily incorporated into implementations of window $\\tau$NAF. The ideas in the paper can also be used to construct other suitable pre-computations. This paper also includes a discussion of coefficient sets for window $\\tau$NAF and the divisibility by powers of $\\tau$ through different approaches.

00:17 [Pub][ePrint] Orthogonal Direct Sum Masking: A Smartcard Friendly Computation Paradigm in a Code, with Builtin Protection against Side-Channel and Fault Attacks, by Julien Bringer and Claude Carlet and Hervé Chaba

  Secure elements, such as smartcards or trusted platform modules (TPMs), must be protected against implementation-level attacks.

Those include side-channel and fault injection attacks.

We introduce ODSM, Orthogonal Direct Sum Masking, a new computation paradigm that achieves protection against those two kinds of attacks.

A large vector space is structured as two supplementary orthogonal subspaces.

One subspace (called a code $\\mathcal{C}$) is used for the functional computation,

while the second subspace carries random numbers.

As the random numbers are entangled with the sensitive data, ODSM ensures a protection against (monovariate) side-channel attacks.

The random numbers can be checked either occasionally, or globally, thereby ensuring a fine or coarse detection capability.

The security level can be formally detailed:

it is proved that monovariate side-channel attacks of order up to $d_\\mathcal{C}-1$, where $d_\\mathcal{C}$ is the minimal distance of $\\mathcal{C}$, are impossible,

and that any fault of Hamming weight strictly less than $d_\\mathcal{C}$ is detected.

A complete instantiation of ODSM is given for AES.

In this case, all monovariate side-channel attacks of order strictly less than $5$ are impossible,

and all fault injections perturbing strictly less than $5$ bits are detected.

00:17 [Pub][ePrint] Fully Secure Functional Encryption without Obfuscation, by Sanjam Garg and Craig Gentry and Shai Halevi and Mark Zhandry

  Previously known functional encryption (FE) schemes for general circuits relied on indistinguishability obfuscation, which in turn either relies on an exponential number of assumptions (basically, one per circuit), or a polynomial set of assumptions, but with an exponential loss in the security reduction. Additionally these schemes are proved in an unrealistic selective security model, where the adversary is forced to specify its target before seeing the public parameters. For these constructions, full security can be obtained but at the cost of an exponential loss in the security reduction.

In this work, we overcome the above limitations and realize a fully secure functional encryption scheme without using indistinguishability obfuscation. Specifically the security of our scheme relies only on the polynomial hardness of simple assumptions on multilinear maps.

00:17 [Pub][ePrint] Cut-and-Choose Based Two-Party Computation in the Online/Offline and Batch Settings, by Yehuda Lindell and Ben Riva

  Protocols for secure two-party computation enable a pair of mistrusting parties to compute a joint function of their private inputs without revealing anything but the output. One of the fundamental techniques for obtaining secure computation is that of Yao\'s garbled circuits. In the setting of malicious adversaries, where the corrupted party can follow any arbitrary (polynomial-time) strategy in an attempt to breach security, the cut-and-choose technique is used to ensure that the garbled circuit is constructed correctly. The cost of this technique is the construction and transmission of multiple circuits; specifically, $s$ garbled circuits are used in order to obtain a maximum cheating probability of $2^{-s}$.

In this paper, we show how to reduce the amortized cost of cut-and-choose based secure two-party computation to ${\\cal O}\\(\\frac{s}{\\log N}\\)$ garbled circuits when $N$ secure computations are run. We use this method to construct a secure protocol in the batch setting. Next, we show how the cut-and-choose method on garbled circuits can be used in an online/offline setting in order to obtain a very fast online phase with very few exponentiations, and we apply our amortization method to this setting as well. Our online/offline protocols are competitive with the TinyOT and SPDZ protocols due to the minimal interaction in the online phase (previous protocols require only information-theoretic operations in the online phase and are therefore very efficient; however, they also require many rounds of communication which increases latency). Although ${\\cal O}(\\frac{s}{\\log N})$ may seem to be a mild efficiency improvement asymptotically, it is a \\emph{dramatic improvement} for concrete parameters since $s$ is a statistical security parameter and so is typically small. Specifically, instead of $40$ circuits to obtain an error of $2^{-40}$, when running $2^{10}$ executions we need only $7.06$ circuits on average per secure computation, and when running $2^{20}$ executions this is reduced to an average of just $4.08$. In addition, in the online/offline setting, the online phase per secure computation consists of evaluating only $6$ garbled circuits for $2^{10}$ executions and $4$ garbled circuits for $2^{20}$ executions (plus some small additional overhead). In practice, when using fast implementations (like the JustGarble framework of Bellare et al.), the resulting protocol is remarkably fast.

We present a number of variants of our protocols with different assumptions and efficiency levels. Our basic protocols rely on the DDH assumption alone, while our most efficient variants are proven secure in the random-oracle model. Interestingly, the variant in the random-oracle model of our protocol for the online/offline setting has online communication that is independent of the size of the circuit in use. None of the previous protocols in the online/offline setting achieves this property, which is very significant since communication is usually a dominant cost in practice.

00:17 [Pub][ePrint] Fairness Versus Guaranteed Output Delivery in Secure Multiparty Computation, by Ran Cohen and Yehuda Lindell

  In the setting of secure multiparty computation, a set of parties wish to compute a joint function of their private inputs. The computation should preserve security properties such as privacy, correctness, independence of inputs, fairness and guaranteed output delivery. In the case of no honest majority, fairness and guaranteed output delivery cannot always be obtained. Thus, protocols for secure multiparty computation are typically of two disparate types: protocols that assume an honest majority (and achieve all properties \\emph{including} fairness and guaranteed output delivery), and protocols that do not assume an honest majority (and achieve all properties \\emph{except for} fairness and guaranteed output delivery). In addition, in the two-party case, fairness and guaranteed output delivery are equivalent. As a result, the properties of fairness (which means that if corrupted parties receive output then so do the honest parties) and guaranteed output delivery (which means that corrupted parties cannot prevent the honest parties from receiving output in any case) have typically been considered to be the same.

In this paper, we initiate a study of the relation between fairness and guaranteed output delivery in secure multiparty computation. We show that in the multiparty setting these properties are distinct and proceed to study under what conditions fairness implies guaranteed output delivery (the opposite direction always holds). We also show the existence of non-trivial functions for which complete fairness is achievable (without an honest majority) but guaranteed output delivery is not, and the existence of non-trivial functions for which complete fairness and guaranteed output delivery are achievable. Our study sheds light on the role of broadcast in fairness and guaranteed output delivery, and shows that these properties should sometimes be considered separately.