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More on Impossibility of Virtual Black-Box Obfuscation in Idealized Models, by Mohammad Mahmoody and Ameer Mohammed and Soheil Nematihaji
The celebrated work of Barak et al. (Crypto\'01) ruled out the possibility of virtual black-box (VBB) obfuscation for general circuits. The recent work of Canetti, Kalai, and Paneth (TCC\'15) extended this impossibility to the random oracle model as well assuming the existence of trapdoor permutations (TDPs). On the other hand, the works of Barak et al. (Crypto\'14) and Brakerski-Rothblum (TCC\'14) showed that general VBB obfuscation is indeed possible in idealized graded encoding models. The recent work of Pass and Shelat (Cryptology ePrint 2015/383) complemented this result by ruling out general VBB obfuscation in idealized graded encoding models that enable evaluation of constant-degree polynomials in finite fields.In this work extend the above two impossibly results for general VBB obfuscation in idealized models. In particular we prove the following two results both assuming the existence of TDPs:

* There is no general VBB obfuscation in the generic group model of Shoup (Eurocrypt\'97) for {any abelian} group. By applying our techniques to the setting of Pass and Shelat we extend their result to any (even noncommutative) finite {ring}.

* There is no general VBB obfuscation even in the {random trapdoor permutation oracle} model. Our proof extends to any number of levels of hierarchical trapdoors.

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Phasing: Private Set Intersection using Permutation-based Hashing, by Benny Pinkas and Thomas Schneider and Gil Segev and Michael Zohner
Private Set Intersection (PSI) allows two parties to compute the intersection of private sets while revealing nothing more than the intersection itself. PSI needs to be applied to large data sets in scenarios such as measurement of ad conversion rates, data sharing, or contact discovery. Existing PSI protocols do not scale up well, and therefore some applications use insecure solutions instead.We describe a new approach for designing PSI protocols based on permutation-based hashing, which enables to reduce the length of items mapped to bins while ensuring that no collisions occur. We denote this approach as Phasing, for Permutation-based Hashing Set Intersection. Phasing can dramatically improve the performance

of PSI protocols whose overhead depends on the length of the representations of input items.

We apply Phasing to design a new approach for circuit-based PSI protocols. The resulting protocol is up to 5 times faster than the previously best Sort-Compare-Shuffle circuit of Huang et al. (NDSS 2012). We also apply Phasing to the OT-based PSI protocol of Pinkas et

al. (USENIX Security 2014), which is the fastest PSI protocol to date. Together with additional improvements that reduce the computation complexity by a logarithmic factor, the resulting protocol improves run-time by a factor of up to 20 and can also have better communication overhead than the previously best PSI protocol in that respect. The new protocol is only moderately less efficient

than an insecure PSI protocol that is currently used by real-world applications, and is therefore the first secure PSI protocol that is scalable to the demands and the constraints of current real-world settings.

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Microcash: Efficient Off-Line Small Payments, by Chris Pavlovski and Colin Boyd
An off-line electronic cash scheme is proposed that is suitable forsmall payments. The approach is innovative, in that each coin may be

efficiently verified by the same or different merchants during payment. The scheme relies on a batch signature technique to efficiently sign and verify individually spent coins; coins may also be deposited in batch manner. The scheme outlined differs considerably from conventional micropayments schemes by servicing a number of cash-like properties, such as off-line processing, detection of double spent coins, and ability to spend at different merchants. Additionally, the scheme eliminates a number of processing overheads that are apparent to some existing micropayment schemes.

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Analyzing Constructions for key-alternating Pseudorandom Functions with Applications to Stream Cipher Operation Modes, by Matthias Krause
In the last years, much research work has been invested into the security analysis of key alternating ciphers in the random oracle model. These are pseudorandom permutations (PRPs), sometimes also called iterated Even-Mansour ciphers, which are defined by alternatingly adding $n$-bit sub-keys $k_i$ and calling public $n$-bit permutations $P_i$. Besides the fact, that results of this kind concern the fundamental questions of understanding the nature of pseudorandomness, a practical motivation for this study is that many modern block cipher designs correspond exactly to variants of iterated Even-Mansour ciphers. In this paper, we study similar construction for pseudorandom functions (PRFs), where additionally the access to a public $n$-bit (one-way) function $F$ is allowed. In particular, we show a sharp $n/2$-security bound for the simplest possible construction $F(x\\oplus k)$ and a sharp $2/3\\cdot n$-bound for the $FP(1)$-construction $F(P(x\\oplus k)\\oplus k)$, both in the random oracle model. The latter result contrasts with a sharp bound of the same order for $P(P(x\\oplus k)\\oplus \\pi(k))\\oplus k$, recently proved by Chen et. al.

One practical motivation for our research is due to the fact that operation modes of key stream generator based (KSG-based) stream ciphers can be modeled in a very straightforward way by FP-constructions. Our research shows a way to save KSG inner state length by using operation modes, which yield provable security beyond the birthday bound against time-space-data tradeoff attacks. For instance, we demonstrate that a slight change in the operation mode of the Bluetooth cipher (adding the session key twice in the initialization phase) raises the security w.r.t. to generic time-space-data tradeoff attacks from $n/2$ to $2/3\\cdot n$, where $n$ denotes the KSG inner state length.

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An Efficient Many-Core Architecture for Elliptic Curve Cryptography Security Assessment, by Marco Indaco and Fabio Lauri and Andrea Miele and Pascal Trotta
Elliptic Curve Cryptography (ECC) is a popular tool to construct public-key crypto-systems.The security of ECC is based on the hardness of the elliptic curve discrete logarithm problem (ECDLP).

Implementing and analyzing the performance of the best known methods to solve the ECDLP is useful to assess the security of ECC and choose security parameters in practice.

We present a novel many-core hardware architecture implementing the parallel version of Pollard\'s rho algorithm

to solve the ECDLP. This architecture results in a speed-up of almost 300% compared to the state of the art and we use it to estimate the monetary cost of solving the Certicom ECCp-131 challenge using FPGAs.

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Polynomial time reduction from approximate shortest vector problem to principle ideal probelm for lattices in cyclotomic rings, by Hao Chen
Many cryptographic schemes have been established based on the hardness of lattice problems. For the asymptotic efficiency, ideal latticesin the ring of cyclotomic integers are suggested to be used in most such schemes. On the other hand in computational algebraic number theory one of the main problem

is called principle ideal problem (PIP). Its goal is to find a generators of any principle ideal in the ring of algebraic integers in any number field. In this paper we establish a polynomial time reduction from approximate shortest lattice vector problem for principle ideal lattices to their PIP\'s in many cyclotomic integer rings. Combining with the polynomial time quantum algorithm for PIP of arbitrary number fields, this implies that some approximate SVP problem for principle ideal lattices within a polynomial factor in some cyclotomic integer rings can be solved by polynomial time quantum algorithm.

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Very-efficient simulatable flipping of many coins into a well, by Luís T. A. N. Brandão
Secure two-party parallel coin-flipping is a cryptographic functionality that allows two mutually distrustful parties to agree on a common random bit-string of a certain target length. In coin-flipping into-a-well, one party learns the bit-string and then decides whether to abort or to allow the other party to learn it. It is well known that this functionality can be securely achieved in the ideal/real simulation paradigm, using commitment schemes that are simultaneously extractable (X) and equivocable (Q).This paper presents two new constant-round simulatable coin-flipping protocols, based explicitly on one or a few X-commitments of short seeds and a Q-commitment of a short hash, independently of the large target length. A pseudo-random generator and a collision-resistant hash function are used to combine the separate X and Q properties (associated with short bit-strings) into a unified X&Q property amplified to the target length, thus amortizing the cost of the base commitments. In this way, the new protocols are significantly more efficient than an obvious batching or extension of coin-flippings designed (in the same security setting) for short bit-strings and based on inefficient X&Q commitments.

The first protocol, simulatable with rewinding, deviates from the traditional coin-flipping template in order to improve simulatability in case of unknown adversarial probabilities of abort, without having to use a X&Q commitment scheme. The second protocol, one-pass simulatable, derives from a new construction of a universally composable X&Q commitment scheme for large bit-strings, achieving communication-rate asymptotically close to 1. Besides the base X and Q commitments, the new commitment scheme only requires corresponding collision-resistant hashing, pseudo-random generation and application of a threshold erasure code. Alternative constructions found in recent work with comparable communication complexity require explicit use of oblivious transfer and use different encodings of the committed value.