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2015-05-07
12:17 [Pub][ePrint] On the Resistance of Prime-variable Rotation Symmetric Boolean Functions against Fast Algebraic Attacks, by Yusong Du and Baodian Wei and Fangguo Zhang and Huang Zhang

  Boolean functions used in stream ciphers should have many cryptographic properties in order to help resist different kinds of cryptanalytic attacks. The resistance of Boolean functions against fast algebraic attacks is an important cryptographic property. Deciding the resistance of an n-variable Boolean function against fast algebraic attacks needs to determine the rank of a square matrix over finite field GF(2). In this paper, for rotation symmetric Boolean functions in prime n variables, exploiting the properties of partitioned matrices and circulant matrices, we show that the rank of such a matrix can be obtained by determining the rank of a reduced square matrix with smaller size over GF(2), so that the computational complexity decreases by a factor of n to the power omega for large n, where omega is approximately equal to 2.38 and is known as the exponent of the problem of computing the rank of matrices.





2015-05-06
15:17 [Pub][ePrint] Cryptanalysis of Round-Reduced LED, by Ivica Nikoli\\\'c and Lei Wang and Shuang Wu

  In this paper we present known-plaintext single-key and chosen-key attacks on round-reduced LED-64 and LED-128.

We show that with an application of the recently proposed slidex attacks,

one immediately improves the complexity of the previous single-key 4-step attack on LED-128. Further, we explore the possibility of

multicollisions and show single-key attacks on 6 steps of LED-128. A generalization of our multicollision attack

leads to the statement that no 6-round cipher with two subkeys that alternate, or 2-round cipher with

linearly dependent subkeys, is secure in the single-key model. Next, we exploit the possibility of finding pairs of inputs that follow

a certain differential rather than a differential characteristic, and obtain chosen-key differential distinguishers

for 5-step LED-64, as well as 8-step and 9-step LED-128. We provide examples of inputs that follow the 8-step differential,

i.e. we are able to practically confirm our results on 2/3 of the steps of LED-128. We introduce a new type of

chosen-key differential distinguisher, called random-difference distinguisher, and

successfully penetrate 10 of the total 12 steps of LED-128. We show that this type of attack is generic

in the chosen-key model, and can be applied to any 10-round cipher with two alternating subkeys.



15:17 [Pub][ePrint] Fast and Tradeoff-Resilient Memory-Hard Functions for Cryptocurrencies and Password Hashing, by Alex Biryukov and Daniel Dinu and Dmitry Khovratovich

  Memory-hard functions are becoming an important tool in the design of password hashing schemes, cryptocurrencies, and more generic proof-of-work primitives that are x86-oriented and can not be computed on dedicated hardware more efficiently.

We develop a simple and cryptographically secure approach to the design of such functions and show how to exploit the architecture of modern CPUs and memory chips to make faster and more secure schemes compared to existing alternatives such as scrypt. We also propose cryptographic criteria for the components, that prevent cost reductions using time-memory tradeoffs and side-channel leaks. The concrete proof-of-work instantiation, which we call Argon2, can fill GBytes of RAM within a second, is resilient to various tradeoffs, and is suitable for a wide range of applications, which aim to bind a computation to a certain architecture.

Concerning potential DoS attacks, our scheme is lightweight enough to offset the bottleneck from the CPU to the memory bus thus leaving sufficient computing power for other tasks. We also propose parameters for which our scheme is botnet resistant. As an application, we suggest a cryptocurrency design with fast and memory-hard proof-of-work, which allows memoryless verification.



15:17 [Pub][ePrint] Conversions among Several Classes of Predicate Encryption and Their Applications, by Shota Yamada and Nuttapong Attrapadung and Goichiro Hanaoka

  Predicate encryption is an advanced form of public-key encryption that yield high flexibility in terms of access control. In the literature, many predicate encryption schemes have been proposed such as fuzzy-IBE, KP-ABE, CP-ABE, (doubly) spatial encryption (DSE), and ABE for arithmetic span programs. In this paper, we study relations among them and show that some of them are in fact equivalent by giving conversions among them. More specifically, our main contributions are as follows:

- We show that monotonic, small universe KP-ABE (CP-ABE) with bounds on the size of attribute sets and span programs (or linear secret sharing matrix) can be converted into DSE. Furthermore, we show that DSE implies non-monotonic CP-ABE (and KP-ABE) with the same bounds on parameters. This implies that monotonic/non-monotonic KP/CP-ABE (with the bounds) and DSE are all equivalent in the sense that one implies another.

- We also show that if we start from KP-ABE without bounds on the size of span programs (but bounds on the size of attribute sets), we can obtain ABE for arithmetic span programs. The other direction is also shown: ABE for arithmetic span programs can be converted into KP-ABE.These results imply, somewhat surprisingly, KP-ABE without bounds on span program sizes is in fact equivalent to ABE for arithmetic span programs, which was thought to be more expressive or at least incomparable.

By applying these conversions to existing schemes, we obtain many non-trivial consequences. We obtain the first non-monotonic, large universe CP-ABE (that supports span programs) with constant-size ciphertexts, the first ABE for arithmetic span programs with adaptive security, the first ciphertext-policy version of ABE for arithmetic span programs, the first KP-ABE with constant-size private keys, and even more.

We also obtain the first attribute-based signature scheme that supports non-monotone span programs and achieves constant-size signatures via our technique.



15:17 [Pub][ePrint] Non-Repudiable Provable Data Possession in Cloud Storage, by Hongyuan Wang and Liehuang Zhu and Yijia Lilong and Chang Xu

  Provable data possession (PDP) and Proof of Retrievability (POR) are techniques for a client to verify whether an untrusted server (i.e. the cloud storage provider) possesses the original data entirely, and many PDP and POR schemes have been proposed to resolve above issue so far. But another question comes up: driven by profits, a malicious client may accuse an honest server and deny the correct verification in many circumstances. As far as we know, none of the existing private verification schemes that are not based on a third party has settled this matter.

In this paper, we give a method to reform any private verification PDP/POR scheme into a non-repudiable PDP/POR scheme. And then we propose an instantiation, the first Non-repudiable PDP (NRPDP) scheme of private verification, which can provide mutual proof to protect both the client and server. Based on homomorphic verifiable tags and commitment function, our solution allows both the client and the server to prove themselves and verify the other side respectively. To achieve better performance, we improve the NRPDP scheme to obtain an E-NRPDP scheme, which can save the storage cost of the server and reduce the I/O costs to raise efficiency.

We prove the security of NRPDP scheme in the random oracle model, and implement a prototype based on our NRPDP scheme. Then we utilize big data as much as 10G to evaluate the performance in a realistic cloud platform. The experiments show our scheme can be executed efficiently as the original PDP/POR scheme and guarantee non-repudiation efficaciously. Our method is universal and practical, which means that it can be applied in any private PDP/POR schemes to guarantee non-repudiation.



15:17 [Pub][ePrint] A New Classification of 4-bit Optimal S-boxes and its Application to PRESENT, RECTANGLE and SPONGENT, by Wentao Zhang and. Zhenzhen Bao and. Vincent Rijmen and. Meicheng Liu

  In this paper, we present a new classification of 4-bit optimal S-boxes. All optimal 4-bit S-boxes can be classified into 183 different categories, among which we specify 3 platinum categories. Under the design criteria of the PRESENT (or SPONGENT) S-box, there are 8064 different S-boxes up to adding constants before and after an S-box. The 8064 S-boxes belong to 3 different categories, we show that the S-box should be chosen from one out of the 3 categories or other categories for better resistance against linear cryptanalysis. Furthermore, we study in detail how the S-boxes in the 3 platinum

categories influence the security of PRESENT, RECTANGLE and SPONGENT88 against differential and linear cryptanalysis. Our results show that the S-box selection has a great influence on the security of the schemes. For block ciphers or hash functions with 4-bit S-boxes as confusion layers and bit permutations as diffusion layers, designers can extend the range of S-box selection to the 3 platinum categories and select their S-box very carefully. For PRESENT, RECTANGLE and SPONGENT88 respectively, we get a set of potentially best/better S-box candidates from the 3 platinum categories. These potentially best/better S-boxes can be further investigated to see if they can be used to improve the security-performance tradeoff of the 3 cryptographic algorithms.



15:17 [Pub][ePrint] Dickson Polynomials that are Involutions, by Pascale Charpin and Sihem Mesnager and Sumanta Sarkar

  Dickson polynomials which are permutations are interesting combinatorial objects and well studied. In this paper, we describe Dickson polynomials of the first kind in $\\mathbb{F}_2[x]$ that are involutions over finite fields of characteristic $2$. Such description is obtained using modular arithmetic\'s tools. We give results related to the cardinality and the number of fixed points (in the context of cryptographic application) of this corpus. We also present a class of Dickson involutions with high degree.



12:17 [Pub][ePrint] Dumb Crypto in Smart Grids: Practical Cryptanalysis of the Open Smart Grid Protocol, by Philipp Jovanovic and Samuel Neves

  This paper analyses the cryptography used in the Open Smart Grid Protocol

(OSGP). The authenticated encryption (AE) scheme deployed by OSGP is a

non-standard composition of RC4 and a home-brewed MAC, the ``OMA digest\'\'.

We present several practical key-recovery attacks against the OMA digest. The

first and basic variant can achieve this with a mere $13$ queries to an OMA

digest oracle and negligible time complexity. A more sophisticated version

breaks the OMA digest with only $4$ queries and a time complexity of about

$2^{25}$ simple operations. A different approach only requires one arbitrary

valid plaintext-tag pair, and recovers the key in an average of $144$

\\emph{message verification} queries, or one ciphertext-tag pair and $168$

\\emph{ciphertext verification} queries.

Since the encryption key is derived from the key used by the OMA digest, our

attacks break both confidentiality and authenticity of OSGP.





2015-05-05
21:17 [Pub][ePrint] Survey on Cryptographic Obfuscation, by Máté Horváth

  The recent result of Garg et al. (FOCS 2013) changed the previously pessimistic attitude towards general purpose cryptographic obfuscation. Since their first candidate construction, several authors proposed newer and newer schemes with more persuasive security arguments and better efficiency. At the same time, indistinguishability obfuscation proved its extreme usefulness by becoming the basis of many solutions for long-standing open problems in cryptography e.g. functional or witness encryption and others.

In this survey, we give an overview of recent research, focusing on the theoretical results on general purpose obfuscation, particularly, indistinguishability obfuscation.



21:17 [Pub][ePrint] A study of Pair Encodings: Predicate Encryption in prime order groups, by Shashank Agrawal and Melissa Chase

  Pair encodings and predicate encodings, recently introduced by Attrapadung (Eurocrypt 2014) and Wee (TCC 2014) respectively, greatly simplify the process of designing and analyzing predicate and attribute-based encryption schemes. However, they are still somewhat limited in that they are restricted to composite order groups, and the information theoretic properties are not sufficient to argue about many of the schemes. Here we focus on pair encodings, as the more general of the two. We first study the structure of these objects, then propose a new relaxed but still information theoretic security property. Next we show a generic construction for predicate encryption in prime order groups from our new property; it results in either selective or full security depending on the encoding, and gives security under SXDH or DLIN. Finally, we demonstrate the range of our new property by using it to design the first selectively secure CP-ABE scheme with constant size ciphertexts.



21:17 [Pub][ePrint] On the Optimality of Non-Linear Computations of Length-Preserving Encryption Schemes, by Mridul Nandi

  It is well known that three and four rounds of balanced Feistel cipher or Luby-Rackoff (LR) encryption for two blocks messages are pseudorandom permutation (PRP) and strong pseudorandom permutation (SPRP) respectively. A {\\bf block} is $n$-bit long for some positive integer $n$ and a (possibly keyed) {\\bf block-function} is a nonlinear function mapping all blocks to themselves, e.g. blockcipher. XLS (eXtended Latin Square) with three blockcipher calls was claimed to be SPRP and later which is shown to be wrong. Motivating with these observations, we consider the following questions in this paper: {\\em What is the minimum number of invocations of block-functions required to achieve PRP or SPRP security over $\\ell$ blocks inputs}? To answer this question, we consider all those length-preserving encryption schemes, called {\\bf linear encryption mode}, for which only nonlinear operations are block-functions. Here, we prove the following results for these encryption schemes:

(1) At least $2\\ell$ (or $2\\ell-1$) invocations of block-functions are required to achieve SPRP (or PRP respectively). These bounds are also tight.

(2) To achieve the above bound for PRP over $\\ell > 1$ blocks, either we need at least two keys or it can not be {\\em inverse-free} (i.e., need to apply the inverses of block-functions in the decryption). In particular, we show that a single-keyed block-function based, inverse-free PRP needs $2\\ell$ invocations.

(3) We show that 3-round LR using a single-keyed pseudorandom function (PRF) is PRP if we xor a block of input by a masking key.