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16:17 [Pub][ePrint] AnoA: A Framework For Analyzing Anonymous Communication Protocols, by Michael Backes and Aniket Kate and Praveen Manoharan and Sebastian Meiser and Esfandiar Mohammadi

  Protecting individuals\' privacy in online communications has become a challenge of paramount importance. To this end, anonymous communication (AC) protocols such as the widely used Tor network have been designed to provide anonymity to their participating users. While AC protocols have been the subject of several security and anonymity analyses in the last years, there still does not exist a framework for analyzing complex systems such as Tor and their different anonymity properties in a unified manner.

In this work we present AnoA: a generic framework for defining, analyzing, and quantifying anonymity properties for AC protocols. AnoA relies on a novel relaxation of the notion of (computational) differential privacy, and thereby enables a unified quantitative analysis of well- established anonymity properties, such as sender anonymity, sender unlinkability, and relationship anonymity. While an anonymity analysis in AnoA can be conducted in a purely information theoretical manner, we show that the protocol\'s anonymity properties established in AnoA carry over to secure cryptographic instantiations of the protocol. We exemplify the applicability of AnoA for analyzing real-life systems by conducting a thorough analysis of the anonymity properties provided by the Tor network against passive adversarys. Our analysis significantly improves on known anonymity results from the literature.

05:59 [Event][New] NSPW'14: 2014 New Security Paradigms Workshop

  Submission: 11 April 2014
Notification: 6 June 2014
From September 15 to September 18
Location: Victoria, Canada
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15:45 [Event][New] MPC14: Workshop on Theory and Practice of Secure Multiparty Computation

  From May 5 to May 9
Location: Aarhus, Denmark
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15:41 [Event][New] ECTCM 2014: Second International Workshop on Emerging Cyberthreats and Countermeasures

  Submission: 31 March 2014
Notification: 23 May 2014
From September 8 to September 12
Location: Fribourg, Switzerland
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16:17 [Pub][ePrint] A Full Characterization of Completeness for Two-party Randomized Function Evaluation, by Daniel Kraschewski and Hemanta K. Maji and Manoj Prabhakaran and Amit Sahai

  We settle a long standing open problem which has pursued a full characterization of completeness of (potentially randomized) finite functions for 2-party computation that is secure against active adversaries. Since the first such complete function was discovered [Kilian, FOCS 1988], the question of which finite 2-party functions are complete has been studied extensively, leading to characterization in many special cases. In this work, we completely settle this problem.

We provide a polynomial time algorithm to test whether a 2-party finite secure function evaluation (SFE) functionality (possibly randomized) is complete or not. The main tools in our solution include:

-- A formal linear algebraic notion of {\\em redundancy} in a general 2-party randomized function.

-- A notion of {\\em statistically testable games}. A kind of interactive proof in the information-theoretic setting where {\\em both} parties are computationally unbounded but differ in their knowledge of a secret.

-- An extension of the (weak) {\\em converse of Shannon\'s channel coding theorem}, where an adversary can adaptively choose the channel based on it view.

We show that any function $f$, if complete, can implement any (randomized) circuit $C$ using only $O(|C| + k)$ calls to $f$, where $k$ is the statistical security parameter. In particular, for any two-party functionality $g$, this establishes a universal notion of its quantitative ``cryptographic complexity\'\' independent of the setup and has close connections to circuit complexity.

16:17 [Pub][ePrint] Efficient Round Optimal Blind Signatures, by Sanjam Garg and Divya Gupta

  Known constructions of blind signature schemes suffer from at least one of the following limitations: (1) rely on parties having access to a common reference string or a random oracle, (2) are not round-optimal, or (3) are prohibitively expensive.

In this work, we construct the \\emph{first} blind-signature scheme that does not suffer from any of these limitations. In other words, besides being round optimal and having a standard model proof of security, our scheme is very efficient. Specifically, in our scheme, one signature is of size $6.5$ KB and the communication complexity of the signing protocol is roughly $100$ KB. An amortized variant of our scheme has communication complexity less that $1$ KB.

16:17 [Pub][ePrint] Garbled RAM Revisited, Part I, by Craig Gentry and Shai Halevi and Mariana Raykova and Daniel Wichs

  The notion of *garbled random-access machines* (garbled RAMs) was introduced by Lu and Ostrovsky (Eurocrypt 2013). It can be seen as an analogue of Yao\'s garbled circuits, that allows a user to garble a RAM program directly, without performing the expensive step of converting it into a circuit. In particular, the size of the garbled program and the time it takes to create and evaluate it are only proportional to its running time on a RAM rather than its circuit size. Lu and Ostrovsky gave a candidate construction of this primitive based on pseudo-random functions (PRFs).

The starting point of this work is a subtle yet difficult-to-overcome issue with the Lu-Ostrovsky construction, that prevents a proof of security from going through. Specifically, the construction requires a complex \"circular\" use of Yao garbled circuits and PRFs. As our main result, we show how to remove this circularity and get a provably secure solution using *identity-based encryption* (IBE). We also abstract out, simplify and generalize the main ideas behind the Lu-Ostrovsky construction, making them easier to understand and analyze.

In a companion work to ours (Part II), Lu and Ostrovsky show an alternative approach to solving the circularity problem. Their approach relies only on the existence of one-way functions, at the price of higher overhead. Specifically, our construction has overhead $\\poly(k)\\polylog(n)$ (with $k$ the security parameter and $n$ the data size), while the Lu-Ostrovsky approach can achieve overhead $\\poly(k)n^\\eps$ for any constant $\\eps>0$. It remains as an open problem to achieve an overhead of $\\poly(k)\\polylog(n)$ assuming only the existence of one-way functions.

16:17 [Pub][ePrint] Garbled RAM Revisited, Part II, by Steve Lu and Rafail Ostrovsky

  In EUROCRYPT 2013, Lu and Ostrovsky proposed the notion of Garbled RAM (GRAM) programs. These GRAM programs are analogous to the classic result of Yao\'s garbled circuits: a large encrypted memory can first be provided to evaluator, and then a program can separately be garbled and sent to an evaluator to securely execute while learning nothing but the output of the program and its running time. The key feature of GRAM is that it harnesses the natural complexity-theoretic power that Random Access Memory (RAM) programs have over circuits, such as in binary search or randomized algorithms, where program can be executed in a garbled way without \"unrolling\" it into a circuit. The candidate Lu-Ostrovsky GRAM scheme proposed in that paper is based on the existence of one-way functions, but due to an implicit reliance on a complex \"circular\" use of Yao garbled circuits, the scheme requires an additional circularity assumptions and may not be secure otherwise.

In this paper, we show how to construct efficient GRAM without circularity and based solely on the existence of any one-way function. The novel approach that allows us to break the circularity is a modification of the Goldreich-Goldwasser-Micali (PRF) construction. More specifically, we modify the PRF to allow PRF-keys to be \"adaptively revoked\" during run-time at the additive cost of roughly log n per revocation. Then, to improve the overhead of this scheme, we apply a delicate recursion technique that bootstraps mini-GRAM schemes into larger, more powerful ones while still avoiding circularity in the hybrid arguments. This results in secure GRAM with overhead of poly($k$)(min($t; n^\\eps$)) for any constant $\\eps>0$, where $n$ is the size of memory and $t$ is the running time.

In a companion work (Part I), Gentry, Halevi, Raykova, and Wichs show an alternative approach using identity-based encryption to solve the circularity problem. Their scheme achieves overhead of poly($k$)polylog($n$) assuming the existence of IBE.

05:44 [Job][New] Security Engineer, CloudFlare Inc. (San Francisco, USA and London, UK)


CloudFlare is looking for a talented security engineer to join our team. We are working on a number of ambitious projects to secure the web and protect our customers from threats of all sorts. The role of security engineer at CloudFlare is more that of a builder than a breaker. You will have to approach problems with creativity and flexibility and be able to identify and use the best tools for the job or build better ones from scratch. At CloudFlare, we are serious about protecting our customers and advancing the state of the art in computer security.


  • Strong systems-level programming skills
  • Deep understanding of networking protocols (TCP/IP, SSL/TLS, DNS)

  • Experience with cryptographic libraries and APIs

  • Expert in C/C++ and performance analysis

  • Proficiency in Go and/or Lua or willingness to learn

  • Strong understanding of security concepts (key management, access control, authentication)

  • Understanding of Linux internals

  • Interest in advancements in security and cryptography

    Bonus Points:

  • Contributions to the open source community

  • Experience implementing production-grade cryptographic algorithms

  • Knowledge or expertise in White-box cryptography

  • Experience with DNSSEC

  • Familiarity with compilers or code generation tools (e.g.

  • Experience with cryptographic hardware (TPM, HSM, etc.)

  • Healthy sense of paranoia

  • 2014-02-04
    19:17 [Pub][ePrint] Efficient Privacy-Preserving Big Data Processing through Proxy-Assisted ORAM, by Nikolaos P. Karvelas and Andreas Peter and Stefan Katzenbeisser and Sebastian Biedermann

      We present a novel mechanism that allows a client

    to securely outsource his private data to the cloud while at the same

    time to delegate to a third party the right to run

    certain algorithms on his data. The mechanism is

    privacy-preserving, meaning that the third party only learns the result

    of his algorithm on the client\'s data, while at the same time the access

    pattern on the client\'s data is hidden from the cloud. To achieve this we

    combine recent advances in the field of Oblivious RAM and Secure Two-Party

    Computation: We develop an Oblivious RAM which is ran between the cloud and a

    proxy server, and which does not need the data to be decrypted at any

    point. The evaluation on the data is done by employing Yao\'s garbled

    circuit solution for Secure Two-Party Computation.

    19:17 [Pub][ePrint] Anonymous Authentication with Shared Secrets, by Joel Alwen and Martin Hirt and Ueli Maurer and Arpita Patra and Pavel Raykov

      Anonymity and authenticity are both important yet often conflicting security goals in a wide range of applications. On the one hand for many applications (say for access control) it is crucial to be able to verify the identity of a given legitimate party (a.k.a. entity authentication). Alternatively an application might require that no one but a party can communicate on its behalf (a.k.a. message authentication). Yet, on the other hand privacy concerns also dictate that anonymity of a legitimate party should be preserved; that is no information concerning the identity of parties should be leaked to an outside entity eavesdropping on the communication. This conflict becomes even more acute when considering anonymity with respect to an active entity that may attempt to impersonate other parties in the system.

    In this work we resolve this conflict in two steps. First we formalize what it means for a system to provide both authenticity and anonymity even in the presence of an active man-in-the-middle adversary for various specific applications such as message and entity authentication using the constructive cryptography framework of~\\cite{Mau11}. Our approach inherits the composability statement of constructive cryptography and can therefore be directly used in any higher-level context. Next we demonstrate several simple protocols for realizing these systems, at times relying on a new type of (probabilistic) Message Authentication Code (MAC) called \\emph{key indistinguishable} (KI) MACs. Similar to the key hiding encryption schemes of~\\cite{BellareBDP01} they guarantee that tags leak no discernible information about the keys used to generate them.