*15:17* [Pub][ePrint]
Optimizing Obfuscation: Avoiding Barrington\'s Theorem, by Prabhanjan Ananth and Divya Gupta and Yuval Ishai and Amit Sahai
In this work, we seek to optimize the efficiency of secure general-purpose obfuscation schemes. We focus on the problem of optimizing the obfuscation of general Boolean formulas -- this corresponds to optimizing the \"core obfuscator\'\' from the work of Garg, Gentry, Halevi, Raykova, Sahai, and Waters (FOCS 2013), and all subsequent works constructing general-purpose obfuscators. This core obfuscator builds upon approximate multilinearmaps, where efficiency in proposed instantiations is closely tied to the maximum number of ``levels\'\' of multilinearity required. The most efficient previous construction of a core obfuscator, due to Barak, Garg, Kalai, Paneth, and Sahai (Eurocrypt 2014) required the maximum number of levels of multilinearity to be $\\Theta(\\ell s^{6.82})$, where $s$ is the size of the Boolean formula to be obfuscated, and $\\ell$ is the number of input bits to the formula. In contrast, our construction only requires the maximum number of levels of multilinearity to be $\\Theta(\\ell s)$. This results in significant improvements in both the total size of the obfuscation, as well as the running time of evaluating an obfuscated formula.

*18:08* [Job][New]
Research Scientist, *RSA Laboratories, Cambridge, MA, USA*
RSA Laboratories invites applications for a full staff position in the area of systems security, preferably by candidates demonstrating some expertise in data analysis for security. Both well-established scientists with strong research records and graduating PhDs of exceptional caliber are encouraged to apply.

Staff scientists will have an opportunity to blend academic research with leadership in architecting next-generation security systems together with RSA Engineering. Applicants should possess enthusiasm for both cutting-edge research and real-world deployment; also valuable are either implementation skills or a desire to work with development staff to create prototypes. A PhD in Computer Science or a closely related field is required, as is residence in or relocation to the Boston, MA area. To apply, please send a resume to *labs_hiring (at) rsa.com.* The review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

RSA is the security division of EMC, the world leader in information infrastructure solutions. RSA Laboratoriesâ€™ charter is to produce research with practical impact on the products and strategy of RSA and its parent company EMC and scholarly influence in the larger research community.

*18:07* [Job][New]
Internship, *Security in Telecommunications, TU Berlin, Germany*
If you enjoy getting your hands dirty hacking Android code-base, this project is for you. The goal of the project is to extend an existing prototype implementation of a mobile honeypot running on a Samsung Galaxy SII Android phone with auditing capabilities to enable logging facilities for Android apps.You will be working with a SGSII phone, coding mostly in C/C++. Knowledge of Java is beneficial. Since the prototype is running on top of a microkernel (Fiasco.OC), prior knowledge of virtualization architectures will be useful but can also be picked up during the course of the project. To apply, please email an updated CV/Resume to the email address below indicating in the body of the email why the project interests you. The internship will cover living costs for a student in Berlin.

*18:17* [Pub][ePrint]
Secret-Sharing for NP from Indistinguishability Obfuscation, by Ilan Komargodski and Moni Naor and Eylon Yogev
A computational secret-sharing scheme is a method that enables a dealer, that has a secret, to distribute this secret among a set of parties such that a \"qualified\" subset of parties can reconstruct the secret while any \"unqualified\" subset of parties cannot efficiently learn anything about the secret. The collection of \"qualified\" subsets is defined by a monotone Boolean function.It has been a major open problem to understand which (monotone) functions can be realized by a computational secret-sharing schemes. Yao suggested a method for secret-sharing for any function that has a polynomial-size monotone circuit (a class which is strictly smaller than the class of monotone functions in P). Around 1990 Rudich raised the possibility of obtaining secret-sharing for all monotone functions in NP: In order to reconstruct the secret a set of parties must be \"qualified\" and provide a witness attesting to this fact.

Recently, there has been much excitement regarding the possibility of obtaining program obfuscation satisfying the \"indistinguishability obfuscation\" requirement: A transformation that takes a program and outputs an obfuscated version of it so that for any two functionally equivalent programs the output of the transformation is computationally indistinguishable.

Our main result is a construction of a computational secret-sharing scheme for any monotone function in NP assuming the existence of an efficient indistinguishability obfuscator for P and one-way functions. Furthermore, we show how to get the same result but relying on a weaker obfuscator: an efficient indistinguishability obfuscator for CNF formulas.

*18:17* [Pub][ePrint]
Attack On the Markov Problem, by James L. Adams
In 2000 Ko gave potential hard problem is proposed called the Markovproblem. We give an algorithm, for certain parameters, for solution of the Markov problem. The Markov problem is related to the knot recognition problem. Hence we also a new algorithm the knot recognition problem. This knot recognition algorithm may be used for previously proposed cryptosystem that uses knots.

*18:17* [Pub][ePrint]
Implementation and improvement of the Partial Sum Attack on 6-round AES, by Francesco AldĂ and Riccardo Aragona and Lorenzo Nicolodi and Massimiliano Sala
The Partial Sum Attack is one of the most powerful attacks developed in the last 15years against reduced-round versions of AES. We introduce a slight improvement to

the basic attack which lowers the number of chosen plaintexts needed to successfully

mount it. Our version of the attack on 6-round AES can be carried out completely

in practice, as we demonstrate providing a full implementation. We also detail the

structure of our implementation, showing the performances we achieve.

*18:17* [Pub][ePrint]
A Forgery Attack against PANDA-s, by Yu Sasaki and Lei Wang
\\panda~is an authenticated encryption scheme designed by Ye {\\it et al.}, and submitted to the CAESAR competition.The designers claim that \\pandas, which is one of the designs of the \\panda-family, provides 128-bit security in the nonce misuse model.

In this note, we describe our forgery attack against \\pandas.

Our attack works in the nonce misuse model.

It exploits the fact that the message processing function and the finalization function are identical,

and thus a variant of the length-extension attack can be applied.

We can find a tag for a pre-specified formatted message with 2 encryption oracle calls, $2^{64}$ computational cost, and negligible memory.

*18:17* [Pub][ePrint]
A Practical Universal Forgery Attack against PAES-8, by Yu Sasaki and Lei Wang
\\paes~is an authenticated encryption scheme designed by Ye {\\it et al.},and submitted to the CAESAR competition.

The designers claim that \\paese, which is one of the designs of the \\paes-family,

provides 128-bit security in the nonce misuse model.

In this note, we show our forgery attack against \\paese.

Our attack works in the nonce misuse model.

The attack exploits the slow propagation of message differences.

The attack is very close to the universal forgery attack.

As long as the target message is not too short, {\\it e.g.} more than 10 blocks (160 bytes),

a tag is forged only with $2^{11}$ encryption oracle calls, $2^{11}$ computational cost, and negligible memory.