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12:17 [Pub][ePrint] ASCA, SASCA and DPA with Enumeration: Which One Beats the Other and When?, by Vincent Grosso and François-Xavier Standaert

  We describe three contributions regarding the Soft Analytical Side-Channel Attacks (SASCA) introduced at Asiacrypt 2014. First, we compare them with Algebraic Side-Channel Attacks (ASCA) in a noise-free simulated setting. We observe that SASCA allow more efficient key recoveries than ASCA, even in this context (favorable to the latter). Second, we describe the first working experiments of SASCA against an actual AES implementation. Doing so, we analyse their profiling requirements, put forward the significant gains they provide over profiled Differential Power Analysis (DPA) in terms of number of traces needed for key recoveries, and discuss the specificities of such concrete attacks compared to simulated ones. Third, we evaluate the distance between SASCA and DPA enhanced with computational power to perform enumeration, and show that the gap between both attacks can be quite reduced in this case. Therefore, our results bring interesting feedback for evaluation laboratories. They suggest that in several relevant scenarios (e.g. attacks exploiting many known plaintexts), taking a small margin over the security level indicated by standard DPA with enumeration should be sufficient to prevent more elaborate attacks such as SASCA. By contrast, SASCA may remain the only option in more extreme scenarios (e.g. attacks with unknown plaintexts/ciphertexts or against leakage-resilient primitives). We conclude by recalling the algorithmic dependency of the latter attacks, and therefore that our conclusions are specific to the AES.

12:17 [Pub][ePrint] From Improved Leakage Detection to the Detection of Points of Interests in Leakage Traces, by François Durvaux and François-Xavier Standaert

  Leakage detection usually refers to the task of identifying data-dependent information in side-channel measurements, independent of whether this information can be exploited. Detecting Points-Of-interest (POIs) in leakage traces is a complementary task that is a necessary first step in most side-channel attacks, where the adversary wants to turn this information into (e.g.) a key recovery. In this paper, we discuss the differences between these tasks, by investigating a popular solution to leakage detection based on a t-test, and an alternative method exploiting Pearson\'s correlation coefficient. We first show that the simpler t-test has better sampling complexity, and that its gain over the correlation-based test can be predicted by looking at the Signal-to-Noise Ratio (SNR) of the leakage partitions used in these tests. This implies that the sampling complexity of both tests relates more to their implicit leakage assumptions than to the actual statistics exploited. We also put forward that this gain comes at the cost of some intuition loss regarding the localization of the exploitable leakage samples in the traces, and their informativeness. Next, and more importantly, we highlight that our reasoning based on the SNR allows defining an improved t-test with significanly faster detection speed (with approximately 5 times less measurements in our experiments), which is therefore highly relevant for evaluation laboratories. We finally conclude that whereas t-tests are the method of choice for leakage detection only, correlation-based tests exploiting larger partitions are preferable for detecting POIs, and confirm the latter intuition by integrating a correlation-based leakage detection test in recent automated tools for the detection of POIs in the leakage measurements of a masked implementation, in a black box manner and without key knowledge.

12:17 [Pub][ePrint] Towards Easy Leakage Certification, by François Durvaux and François-Xavier Standaert

  Side-channel attacks generally rely on the availability of good leakage models to extract sensitive information from cryptographic implementations. The recently introduced leakage certification tests aim to guarantee that this condition is fulfilled based on sound statistical arguments. They are important ingredients in the evaluation of leaking devices since they allow a good separation between engineering challenges (how to produce clean measurements) and cryptographic ones (how to exploit these measurements). In this paper, we propose an alternative leakage certification test that is significantly simpler to implement than the previous proposal from Eurocrypt 2014. This gain admittedly comes at the cost of a couple of heuristic (yet reasonable) assumptions on the leakage distribution. To confirm its relevance, we first show that it allows confirming previous results of leakage certification. We then put forward that it leads to additional and useful intuitions regarding the information losses caused by incorrect assumptions in leakage modeling.

12:17 [Pub][ePrint] Pairing Based Mutual Healing in Wireless Sensor Networks, by Sarita Agrawal and Jay Patel and Manik Lal Das

  In Wireless Sensor Networks(WSNs), a group of users communicating

on an unreliable wireless channel can use a group secret. For each session, group manager broadcasts a message containing some keying material, from which only the group members authorized in that session can extract the session key. If a member misses a broadcast message for key, it uses self healing to recover missing session key using most recent broadcast message. However, only self healing does not help if node needs to get most recent session key and have missed the corresponding broadcast. Through mutual healing, a node can request recent broadcast information from a neighboring node and then recover the required key using self-healing. In this paper, we propose a bi-linear pairing based self-healing scheme that reduces communication, storage and computation overhead in comparison to existing bi-linear pairing based self-healing schemes. Then, we discuss the mutual healing scheme that provides mutual authentication and key confirmation without disclosing the node locations to the adversary. The analysis with respect to active adversary shows a significant performance improvement for resource constrained sensor nodes along with the security features such as forward and backward secrecy, resilience against node collusion, node revocation and resistance to impersonation.

12:17 [Pub][ePrint] Tweaking Even-Mansour Ciphers, by Benoît Cogliati and Rodolphe Lampe and Yannick Seurin

  We study how to construct efficient tweakable block ciphers in the Random Permutation model, where all parties have access to public random permutation oracles. We propose a construction that combines, more efficiently than by mere black-box composition, the CLRW construction (which turns a traditional block cipher into a tweakable block cipher) of Landecker et al. (CRYPTO 2012) and the iterated Even-Mansour construction (which turns a tuple of public permutations into a traditional block cipher) that has received considerable attention since the work of Bogdanov et al. (EUROCRYPT 2012). More concretely, we introduce the (one-round) tweakable Even-Mansour (TEM) cipher, constructed from a single $n$-bit permutation $P$ and a uniform and almost XOR-universal family of hash functions $(H_k)$ from some tweak space to $\\{0,1\\}^n$, and defined as $(k,t,x)\\mapsto H_k(t)\\oplus P(H_k(t)\\oplus x)$, where $k$ is the key, $t$ is the tweak, and $x$ is the $n$-bit message, as well as its generalization obtained by cascading $r$ independently keyed rounds of this construction. Our main result is a security bound up to approximately $2^{2n/3}$ adversarial queries against adaptive chosen-plaintext and ciphertext distinguishers for the two-round TEM construction, using Patarin\'s H-coefficients technique. We also provide an analysis based on the coupling technique showing that asymptotically, as the number of rounds $r$ grows, the security provided by the $r$-round TEM construction approaches the information-theoretic bound of $2^n$ adversarial queries.

22:34 [Event][New] LightSec 2015: Workshop on Lightweight Cryptography for Security & Privacy

  Submission: 29 June 2015
Notification: 29 July 2015
From September 10 to September 11
Location: Bochum, Germany
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15:44 [Event][New] C&TC 2015: 5th Int. Symposium on Cloud and Trusted Computing

  Submission: 30 June 2015
Notification: 15 August 2015
From October 26 to October 28
Location: Rhodes, Greece
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03:32 [PhD][Update] Nishant Doshi: Investigating Approaches for Improving the Ciphertext Policy Attribute Based Encryption

  Name: Nishant Doshi
Topic: Investigating Approaches for Improving the Ciphertext Policy Attribute Based Encryption
Category:public-key cryptography


In Ciphertext Policy Attribute Based Encryption (CP-ABE), a secret key of the user as well as the ciphertext (CT) is defined based on the attributes. A user is able to decrypt the ciphertext if and only if the attributes within a policy of ciphertext are satisfied by the attributes of the secret key. If we increase the number of attributes in the policy of ciphertext than the size of final ciphertext will also increase and subsequently leads to communication overhead as well as computational overhead at the receiver side. Hence, it is desirable to ensure constant ciphertext length in CP-ABE. However, the existing schemes in constant CT length proposed so far achieve only a selective security model i.e. the attacker must announce the target access policy before seeing the public parameter. This leads to a weaker security model. Therefore, we propose the fully secure CP-ABE, which requires the attribute set of ciphertext to be a subset of user’s secret key.

One more limitation of the schemes in constant CT length proposed so far is that they are based on a single authority approach. To deal with a single point of failure in a such a scheme, we propose a multi-authority CP-ABE scheme, with the support for any arbitrary numbers of attribute authorities under a central authority.

Additionally in the CP-ABE scheme, the receiver’s anonymity is sacrificed as the access structure of the ciphertext reveals the same. The obvious solution to this problem is to hide ciphertext-policy (hidden access structure). However, although this solution uses reasonably computable decryption policies, it generates the ciphertext of a size that is at least, linearly varying with the number of attributes.

We investigate such issues and propose a novel approach to deal with constant ciphertext length. Thereafter we extend the same approach to provide support for the multi authorities and [...]

03:28 [PhD][New] Dai Yamamoto: Security Evaluation and Improvement of Physically Unclonable Functions

  Name: Dai Yamamoto
Topic: Security Evaluation and Improvement of Physically Unclonable Functions
Category: implementation

00:17 [Pub][ePrint] Spacecoin: A Cryptocurrency Based on Proofs of Space, by Sunoo Park and Krzysztof Pietrzak and Jo\\\"el Alwen and Georg Fuchsbauer and Peter Gazi

  We propose a decentralized cryptocurrency based on a block-chain ledger similar to that of Bitcoin, but where the extremely wasteful proofs of work are replaced by proofs of space, recently introduced by Dziembowski et al. (CRYPTO 2015). Instead of requiring that a majority of the computing power is controlled by honest miners (as in Bitcoin), our currency requires that honest miners dedicate more disk space than a potential adversary.

Once a miner has dedicated and initialized some space, participating in the mining process is very cheap. A new block is added to the chain every fixed period of time (say, every minute), and in every period a miner just has to make a small number of lookups to the stored space to check if she ``wins\", and thus can add the next block to the chain and get the mining reward. Because this check is cheap, proof-of-space-based currencies share some (but not all) issues with currencies based on ``proofs of stake\'\', like Peercoin. Concretely, a na\\\"ive solution that simply replaces proofs of work with proofs of space raises two main issues which we address:

\\emph{Grinding:} A miner who can add the next block has some degree of freedom in shaping how the chain looks, e.g. by trying out different sets of transactions to include in her block. The miner can try many possible choices until she finds one which results in a chain that allows her to also mine the next block, thus hijacking the chain forever while dedicating only a small amount of the space. We solve this problem fully by ``decoupling\" the hash chain from the transactions, so that there is nothing to grind. To bind the transactions back to the hash chain, we add an extra signature chain, which guarantees that past transactions cannot be altered once an honest miner adds a block. Our solution also gives a simple and novel way to solve the grinding problem in currencies based on proofs of stake.

\\emph{Mining multiple chains:} Since checking whether one can add a block is cheap, rational miners will not only try to extend the so-far-best chain, but also try other chains, in the hope that they can extend one of them which will ultimately catch up and overtake the currently-best chain. (In the context of proof-of-stake-based currencies this is known as the ``nothing-at-stake\" problem.) This not only gives rational miners a larger-than-expected reward (compared to what honest miners get), but also makes consensus very slow, if not impossible. Our solution to this problem is based on penalizing miners who try to work on more than one branch of the chain.

00:17 [Pub][ePrint] Power Analysis Attacks against IEEE 802.15.4 Nodes, by Colin O\'Flynn and Zhizhang Chen

  IEEE 802.15.4 is a wireless standard used by a variety of higher-level protocols, including many used in the Internet of Things (IoT). A number of system on a chip (SoC) devices that combine a radio transceiver with a microcontroller are available for use in IEEE 802.15.4 networks. IEEE 802.15.4 supports the use of AES-CCM* for encryption and authentication of messages, and a SoC normally includes an AES accelerator for this purpose. This work measures the leakage characteristics of the AES accelerator on the Atmel ATMega128RFA1, and then demonstrates how this allows recovery of the encryption key from nodes running an IEEE 802.15.4 stack. While this work demonstrates the attack on a specific SoC, the results are also applicable to similar wireless nodes and to protocols built on top of IEEE 802.15.4.