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17:32 [Job][New] Senior Cryptographic/Software Obfuscation Engineer, DARPA-i_SW Arlington, VA

  i_SW is looking for a Staff Scientist with a background in mathematics and cryptography to support a DARPA program focused on program obfuscation to protect DoD assets. Candidate will provide Scientific, Engineering and Technical Assistance (SETA) support to assist in the management and evaluation of the research underlying this effort. Candidate should have experience planning and developing technical projects of a research and development (R&D) nature, concerned with unique or controversial problems which have an important effect on major Department of Defense programs.

This work will be collaborative with DARPA and i_SW corporation located in Arlington, VA

Required Skills

• Demonstrated skill in successfully performing technical assignments including conducting research in problem areas of considerable scope and complexity requiring unconventional or novel approaches and sophisticated research techniques, risk analysis and resolution, tracking technical milestones, and report preparations

• Research focus on the theoretical sides of cryptography

• Demonstrated skill in conceiving, planning, and conducting research in problem areas of considerable scope and complexity requiring unconventional or novel approaches and sophisticated research techniques.

• Demonstrated the ability to independently conduct the appropriate analyses to offer recommendations, solutions, and alternatives to resolve R&D issues, concerns, problems, or methods.

Applicants must be US Citizens in order to obtain security clearances.


MS/PhD Math or Computer Science

Some post-graduate work in mathematics and cryptography preferred.

19:17 [Pub][ePrint] Mind Your Coins: Fully Leakage-Resilient Signatures with Graceful Degradation, by Antonio Faonio and Jesper Buus Nielsen and Daniele Venturi

  We construct new leakage-resilient signature schemes.

Our schemes remain unforgeable against an adversary leaking arbitrary (yet bounded) information on the entire state of the signer (sometimes known as fully leakage resilience).

The main feature of our constructions, is that they offer a graceful degradation of security in situations where standard existential unforgeability is impossible. This property was recently put forward by Nielsen et al. (PKC 2014) to deal with settings in which the secret key is much larger than the size of a signature.

One remarkable such case is the so-called Bounded Retrieval Model (BRM), where one intentionally inflates the size of the secret key while keeping constant the signature size and the computational complexity of the scheme.

Our main constructions have leakage rate 1-o(1), and are proven secure in the standard model. We additionally give a construction in the BRM, relying on a random oracle.

All of our schemes are described in terms of generic building blocks, but also admit efficient instantiations under fairly standard number-theoretic assumptions.

Finally, we explain how to extend some of our schemes to the setting of noisy leakage, where the only restriction on the leakage functions is that the output does not decrease the min-entropy of the secret key by too much.

19:17 [Pub][ePrint] Cryptography with One-Way Communication, by Sanjam Garg and Yuval Ishai and Eyal Kushilevitz and Rafail Ostrovsky and Amit Sahai

  There is a large body of work on using noisy communication channels for realizing different cryptographic tasks. In particular, it is known that secure message transmission can be achieved unconditionally using only {\\em one-way} communication from the sender to the receiver. In contrast, known solutions for more general secure computation tasks inherently require interaction, even when the entire input originates from the sender.

We initiate a general study of cryptographic protocols over noisy channels in a setting where only one party speaks. In this setting, we show that the landscape of what a channel is useful for is much richer. Concretely, we obtain the following results.

[-] Relationships between channels. The binary erasure channel (BEC) and the binary symmetric channel (BSC), which are known to be securely reducible to each other in the interactive setting, turn out to be qualitatively different in the setting of one-way communication. In particular, a BEC cannot be implemented from a BSC, and while the erasure probability of a BEC can be manipulated in both directions, the crossover probability of a BSC can only be manipulated in one direction.

[-] Zero-knowledge proofs and secure computation of deterministic functions. One-way communication over BEC or BSC is sufficient for securely realizing any deterministic (possibly reactive) functionality which takes its inputs from a sender and delivers its outputs to a receiver. This provides the first truly non-interactive solutions to the problem of zero-knowledge proofs.

[-] Secure computation of randomized functions. One-way communication over BEC or BSC {\\em cannot} be used for realizing general randomized functionalities which take input from a sender and deliver output to a receiver. On the other hand, one-way communication over other natural channels, such as bursty erasure channels, can be used to realize such functionalities. This type of protocols can be used for distributing certified cryptographic keys without revealing the keys to the certification authority.

19:17 [Pub][ePrint] The Security of the Hanser-Slamanig Signature Scheme Revisited, by Yanbin Pan

  At Asiacrypt 2014, Hanser and Slamanig presented a structure-preserving signatures and prove its EUF-CMA security. Very recently,

Fuchsbauer gave a very surprising attack to point out their claim is flawed by showing how to generate a valid existential forgery with overwhelming probability with 4 chosen-message queries for $l=2$. However, we go further in this paper to show that the Hanser-Slamanig signature scheme is not unforgeable under the adaptive chosen message attack. We present a deterministic polynomial-time chosen-message attack which can forge the valid signature for any message with 3 ({\\it resp.} 4) chosen-message queries for $l=2$ ({\\it resp.} $l\\geq 3$ ).

19:17 [Pub][ePrint] Adaptively Secure Fully Homomorphic Signatures Based on Lattices, by Xavier Boyen and Xiong Fan and Elaine Shi

  In a homomorphic signature scheme, given the public key and a vector of signatures $\\vec{\\sigma}:= (\\sigma_1, \\ldots, \\sigma_l)$ over $l$ messages $\\vec{\\mu}:= (\\mu_1, \\ldots, \\mu_l)$, there exists an efficient algorithm to produce a signature $\\sigma\'$ for $\\mu = f(\\vec{\\mu})$. Given the tuple $(\\sigma\', \\mu, f)$, anyone can then publicly verify the validity of the signature $\\sigma\'$.

Inspired by the recent (selectively secure) key-homomorphic functional encryption for circuits, recent works propose fully homomorphic signature schemes in the selective security model.

However, in order to gain adaptive security, one must rely on generic complexity leveraging, which is not only very inefficient but also leads to reductions that are ``unfalsifiable\'\'.

In this paper, we construct the first \\emph{adaptively secure} homomorphic signature scheme that can evaluate any circuit over signed data. For {\\it poly-logarithmic depth} circuits, our scheme achieves adaptive security under the standard {\\it Small Integer Solution} (SIS) assumption. For {\\it polynomial depth} circuits, the security of our scheme relies on sub-exponential SIS --- but unlike complexity leveraging, the security loss in our reduction depends only on circuit depth and on neither message length nor dataset size.

06:48 [Event][New] Asiacrypt: Asiacrypt 2016

  From December 4 to December 8
Location: Hanoi, Vietnam
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06:48 [Event][New] Eurocrypt: Eurocrypt 2016

  From May 8 to May 13
Location: Vienna, Austria
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06:40 [Event][New] Asiacrypt: Asiacrypt 2015

  From December 6 to December 10
Location: Auckland, New Zealand
More Information: http://

13:17 [Pub][ePrint] Practical UC security with a Global Random Oracle, by Ran Canetti and Abhishek Jain and Alessandra Scafuro

  We show that there exist commitment, zero-knowledge and general function evaluation protocols with universally composable security, in a model where all parties and all protocols have access to a single, global, random oracle and no other trusted setup. This model provides significantly stronger composable security guarantees than the traditional random oracle model of Bellare and Rogaway [CCS\'93] or even the common reference string model. Indeed, these latter models provide no security guarantees in the presence of arbitrary protocols that use the same random oracle (or reference string or hash function).

Furthermore, our protocols are highly efficient. Specifically, in the interactive setting, our commitment and general computation protocols are much more efficient than the best known ones due to Lindell [Crypto\'11,\'13] which are secure in the common reference string model. In the non-interactive setting, our protocols are slightly less efficient than the best known ones presented by Afshar et al. [Eurocrypt \'14] but do away with the need to rely on a non-global (programmable) reference string.

13:17 [Pub][ePrint] Robust Secret Sharing Schemes Against Local Adversaries, by Allison Bishop Lewko and Valerio Pastro

  We study robust secret sharing schemes in which between one third and one half of the players are corrupted. In this scenario, robust secret sharing is possible only with a share size larger than the secrets, and allowing a positive probability of reconstructing the wrong secret. In the standard model, it is known that at least $m+k$ bits per share are needed to robustly share a secret of bit-length $m$ with an error probability of $2^{-k}$; however, to the best of our knowledge, the efficient scheme that gets closest to this lower bound has share size $m+\\widetilde O (n+k)$, where $n$ is the number of players in the scheme.

We show that it is possible to obtain schemes with close to minimal share size in a model of local adversaries, i.e. in which corrupt players cannot communicate between receiving their respective honest shares and submitting corrupted shares to the reconstruction procedure, but may coordinate before the execution of the protocol and can also gather information afterwards.

In this limited adversarial model, we prove a lower bound of roughly $m+k$ bits on the minimal share size, which is (somewhat surprisingly) similar to the lower bound in the standard model, where much stronger adversaries are allowed.

We then present an efficient secret sharing scheme that essentially meets our lower bound, therefore improving upon the best known constructions in the standard model by removing a linear dependence on the number of players. For our construction, we introduce a novel procedure that compiles an error correcting code into a new randomized one, with the following two properties: a single local portion of a codeword leaks no information on the encoded message itself, and any set of portions of a codeword reconstructs the message with error probability exponentially low in the set size.

13:17 [Pub][ePrint] Adaptive Multiparty Non-interactive Key Exchange Without Setup In The Standard Model, by Vanishree Rao

  Non-interactive key exchange (NIKE) is a fundamental notion in Cryptography. This notion was introduced by Diffie and Hellman in 1976. They proposed the celebrated 2-party NIKE protocol and left open as a fascinating question, whether NIKE could be realized in the multiparty setting. NIKE has since then been an active area of research with an ultimate goal of obtaining best possible security in the multiparty setting. Although this has evaded researchers for many decades, advancements have been made through relaxations in multiple directions such as restricting to 3-parties, static/semi-static model (where the adversary needs to commit to the set of parties he wishes to be challenged upon ahead of time), random-oracle model, allowing initial setup, etc.

In this work, we settle the longstanding open question: we present the first multiparty NIKE protocol that is adaptively secure with no setup and in the standard model.

Our construction is based on indistinguishability obfuscation and obliviously-patchable puncturable pseudorandom functions, a new notion that we introduce.

We employ novel techniques of using indistinguishability obfuscation, which are interesting in their own right and which we believe would find wider applications in other settings. One such technique pertains overcoming, the somewhat inherent, drawback of non-adaptivity of the puncturing technique introduced by Sahai and Waters [STOC\'14]. Central to this technique is our new notion of obliviously-patchable puncturable pseudorandom functions. We present a concrete construction of these pseudorandom functions using multilinear maps.

Note that pseudorandom functions amounts to an interactive assumption. We shall establish via a meta-reduction technique that, in natural settings, an interactive assumption is necessary (even with setup).