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15:34 [Event][New] HSIPC'15: The Scientific World Journal: Special Issue on Physical Cryptanalysis

  Submission: 24 April 2015
Notification: 17 July 2015
From January 1 to September 11
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10:18 [Job][Update] Postdoc Positions in Cloud-Computing and Storage Security, IBM Research - Zurich

  Postdoc Positions in Cloud-Computing and Storage Security

The cloud storage and cloud solutions security research teams at IBM Research - Zurich are looking for outstanding researchers to strengthen their activities covering security mechanisms for storage systems and cloud computing. Topics include cryptographic schemes addressing privacy and authenticity, software-defined storage systems, and distributed secure protocols.

The successful candidate will hold a PhD in computer science or a related field, with an excellent record of publications and other accomplishments in the field. A good understanding of cryptographic techniques and a strong background in storage systems, file systems, databases, distributed systems and operating systems is beneficial. Candidates must have a strong desire and proven ability to conduct research independently, invent new ideas, implement them in real systems, and publish the results of their work.

The highly motivated, creative individual will join a multi-disciplinary research team to design and implement advanced mechanisms for protecting cloud computing and storage systems.

IBM is committed to diversity at the workplace. With us, you will find an open, multicultural environment. Excellent, flexible working arrangements enable both women and men to strike the desired balance between their professional development and their personal lives.

Multiple positions are available with starting dates in 2015. For obtaining more information about the topic, please contact: Dr. Christian Cachin and mention \\\"Cloud security position\\\" in the subject line.

There is no specific closing date, even though the form here asks for a date.

To apply, please send your CV including contact information for two references by email to: cloudsec (at)

IBM Research - Zurich

07:00 [Job][New] Ph.D., DOCOMO Communications Lab. Europe GmbH, Munich

  Designed and developed solutions that will allow for seamless multimedia service provisioning and transparently and securely using heterogeneous network technologies.

- Researched for various cryptographic algorithms.

- Recommended a combination of AES and RSA algorithms for encrypted data transmission between chat client peers of a secure chat communication over a messenger.

- Designed and implemented the cryptographic algorithm and the messenger prototype using Java platform.

- Made use of Java for developing the messenger GUI, event handling in GUI through implementing Interfaces, establishing connection between server and client.

04:17 [Pub][ePrint] Inner Product Masking Revisited, by Josep Balasch and Sebastian Faust and Benedikt Gierlichs

  Masking is a popular countermeasure against side channel attacks. Many practical works use Boolean masking because of its simplicity, ease of implementation and comparably low performance overhead. Some recent works have explored masking schemes with higher algebraic complexity and have shown that they provide more security than Boolean masking at the cost of higher overheads. In particular, masking based on the inner product was shown to be practical, albeit not efficient, for a small security parameter, and at the same time provable secure in the domain of leakage resilient cryptography for a large security parameter. In this work we explore a security versus efficiency tradeoff and provide an improved and tweaked inner product masking. Our practical security evaluation shows that it is less secure than the original inner product masking but more secure than Boolean masking. Our performance evaluation shows that our scheme is only four times slower than Boolean masking and more than two times faster than the original inner product masking. Besides the practical security analysis we prove the security of our scheme and its masked operations in the threshold probing model.

04:17 [Pub][ePrint] Provably weak instances of Ring-LWE, by Yara Elias and Kristin E. Lauter and Ekin Ozman and Katherine E. Stange

  The ring and polynomial learning with errors problems (Ring-LWE and Poly-LWE) have been proposed as hard problems to form the basis for cryptosystems, and various security reductions to hard lattice problems have been presented. So far these problems have been stated for general (number) rings but have only been closely examined for cyclotomic number rings. In this paper, we state and examine the Ring-LWE problem for general number rings and demonstrate provably weak instances of Ring-LWE. We construct an explicit family of number fields for which we have an efficient attack. We demonstrate the attack in both theory and practice, providing code and running times for the attack. The attack runs in time linear in q, where q is the modulus.

Our attack is based on the attack on Poly-LWE which was presented in [EHL]. We extend the EHL-attack to apply to a larger class of number fields, and show how it applies to attack Ring-LWE for a heuristically large class of fields. Certain Ring-LWE instances can be transformed into Poly-LWE instances without distorting the error too much, and thus provide the first weak instances of the Ring-LWE problem. We also provide additional examples of fields which are vulnerable to our attacks on Poly-LWE, including power-of-2 cyclotomic fields, presented using the minimal polynomial of $\\zeta_{2^n} \\pm 1$.

04:17 [Pub][ePrint] Dynamic Searchable Symmetric Encryption with Minimal Leakage and Efficient Updates on Commodity Hardware, by Attila A. Yavuz and Jorge Guajardo

  Dynamic Searchable Symmetric Encryption (DSSE) enables a client to perform keyword queries and update operations on the encrypted file collections. DSSE has several important applications such as

privacy-preserving data outsourcing for computing clouds. In this paper, we developed a new parallelizable DSSE scheme that achieves the highest privacy among all compared alternatives with low information leakage, non-interactive and efficient updates, compact client storage, low server storage for large file-keyword pairs with an easy design and implementation. Our scheme achieves these desirable properties with a very simple data structure (i.e., a bit matrix supported with two static hash tables) that enables efficient yet secure search/update operations on it. We formally prove that our scheme is secure (in random oracle model) and demonstrated that it is fully practical with large number of file-keyword pairs even with an implementation on simple hardware configurations.

04:17 [Pub][ePrint] TRACING ATTACKS ON U-PROVE WITH REVOCATION MECHANISM, by Lucjan Hanzlik and Przemys{\\l}aw Kubiak and Miros{\\l}aw Kuty{\\l}owski

  Anonymous credential systems have to provide strong privacy protection. A user presenting anonymous credentials may prove his (chosen) attributes without leaking informations about his identity. In this paper we consider U-Prove -- one of the major commercial anonymous credential systems.

We show that the efficient revocation mechanism designed for U-Prove enables a system provider to efficiently trace the users\' activities. Namely, the Revocation Authority run the system provider may execute the U-Prove protocol in a malicious way so that:

(a) the deviations from the protocol remain undetected,

(b) the Revocation Authority becomes aware of each single authentication of a user in the whole system and can link them (regardless which attributes are disclosed by the user against the verifiers),

(c) can link presentation tokens with the corresponding token issuing procedure (under some conditions).

Thereby, the system described in the technical drafts of U-Prove does not protect privacy of a user unless one can unconditionally trust the system provider. In fact, a malicious system provider may convert the Revocation Authority into a ``Big Brother\'\' installation.

04:17 [Pub][ePrint] sHMQV: An Efficient Key Exchange Protocol for Power-limited Devices, by Shijun Zhao and Qianying Zhang

  In this paper we focus on designing authenticated key exchange protocols for practical scenarios where the party consists of a powerful but untrusted host (e.g., PC, mobile phone, etc) and a power-limited but trusted device (e.g., Trusted Platform Module, Mobile Trusted Module, Smart Card, etc). HMQV and (s,r)OAKE protocols are the state-of-the-art in the integrity of security and efficiency. However, we find that they are not suitable for the above scenarios as all (or part) of the online exponentiation computations must be performed in the power-limited trusted devices, which makes them inefficient for the deployment in practice.

To overcome the above inefficiency, we propose a variant of HMQV protocol, denoted sHMQV, under some new design rationales which bring the following advantages: 1) eliminating the validation of the ephemeral public keys, which costs one exponentiation; 2) the power-limited trusted device only performs one exponentiation, which can be pre-computed offline; 3) all the online exponentiation computations can be performed in the powerful host. The above advantages make sHMQV enjoy better performance than HMQV and (s,r)OAKE, especially when deployed in the scenarios considered in this paper. We finally formally prove the security of sHMQV in the CK model.

04:17 [Pub][ePrint] The Multivariate Hidden Number Problem, by Steven D. Galbraith and Barak Shani

  This work extends the line of research on the hidden number problem. Motivated by studying bit security in finite fields, we define the multivariate hidden number problem. Here, the secret and the multiplier are vectors, and partial information about their dot product is given. Using tools from discrete Fourier analysis introduced by Akavia, Goldwasser and Safra, we show that if one can find the significant Fourier coefficients of some function, then one can solve the multivariate hidden number problem for that function. This allows us to generalise the work of Akavia on the hidden number problem with (non-adaptive) chosen multipliers to all finite fields.

We give two further applications of our results, both of which generalise previous works to all (finite) extension fields. The first considers the general (random samples) hidden number problem in F_{p^m} and assumes an advice is given to the algorithm. The second considers a model that allows changing representations, where we show hardness of individual bits for elliptic curve and pairing based functions for elliptic curves over extension fields, as well as hardness of any bit of any component of the Diffie-Hellman secret in F_{p^m} (m>1).

04:17 [Pub][ePrint] Re-encryption Verifiability: How to Detect Malicious Activities of a Proxy in Proxy Re-encryption, by Satsuya Ohata and Yutaka Kawai and Takahiro Matsuda and Goichiro Hanaoka and Kanta Matsuura

  In this paper, we introduce a new functionality for proxy re-encryption (PRE) that we call re-encryption verifiability. In a PRE scheme with re-encryption verifiability (which we simply call verifiable PRE, or VPRE), a receiver of a re-encrypted ciphertext can verify whether the received ciphertext is correctly transformed from an original ciphertext by a proxy, and thus can detect illegal activities of the proxy. We formalize the security model for a VPRE scheme, and show that the single-hop uni-directional PRE scheme by Hanaoka et al. (CT-RSA 2012) can be extended to a secure VPRE scheme.

04:17 [Pub][ePrint] How to Compress Homomorphic Ciphertexts, by Anne Canteaut and Sergiu Carpov and Caroline Fontaine and Tancrède Lepoint and María Naya-Plasencia and Pascal Paillier and Renaud Sirdey

  In typical applications of homomorphic encryption, the first step consists for Alice to encrypt some plaintext m under Bob\'s public key pk and to send the ciphertext c = HE_pk(m) to some third-party evaluator Charlie. This paper specifically considers that first step, i.e. the problem of transmitting c as efficiently as possible from Alice to Charlie. As previously noted, a form of compression is achieved using hybrid encryption. Given a symmetric encryption scheme E, Alice picks a random key k and sends a much smaller ciphertext c′ = (HE_pk(k), E_k(m)) that Charlie decompresses homomorphically into the original c using a decryption circuit.

In this paper, we revisit that paradigm in light of its concrete implementation constraints; in particular E is chosen to be an additive IV-based stream cipher. We propose 2 new designs such that the decryption circuit has very small multiplicative depth, typically between 8 and 12 for 128-bit security. Our first construction of depth 12 is inspired by Trivium and reportedly the current fastest option. Our second construction, based on exponentiation in binary fields, is impractical but sets the lowest depth record to 8 for 128-bit security.