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18:17 [Pub][ePrint] De Bruijn Sequences from Nonlinear Feedback Shift Registers, by Ming Li and Dongdai Lin

  We continue the research in \\cite{jans1991} to construct de Bruijn sequences from feedback shift registers (FSRs) that contains only very short cycles. Firstly, we suggest another way to define the representative of a cycle. Compared with the definition in \\cite{jans1991}, this definition can greatly improve the performance of the cycle joining algorithm. Then we construct a large class of nonlinear FSRs that contains only very short cycles. The length of the cycles in these $n$-stage FSRs are less than $2n$. Based on these FSRs, $O(2^{\\frac{n}{2}-\\mathrm{log} n})$ de Bruijn sequences of order $n$ are constructed. To generate the next bit in the de Bruijn sequence from the current state, it requires only $2n$ bits of storage and less than $2n$ FSR shifts.

18:17 [Pub][ePrint] The Fallacy of Composition of Oblivious RAM and Searchable Encryption, by Muhammad Naveed

  Oblivious RAM (ORAM) is a tool proposed to hide access pattern leakage, and there has been a lot of progress in the efficiency of ORAM schemes; however, less attention has been paid to study the applicability of ORAM for cloud applications such as symmetric searchable encryption (SSE). Although, searchable encryption is one of the motivations for ORAM research, no in-depth study of the applicability of ORAM to searchable encryption exists as of June 2015. In this work, we initiate the formal study of using ORAM to reduce the access pattern leakage in searchable encryption.

We propose four new leakage classes and develop a systematic methodology to study the applicability of ORAM to SSE. We develop a worst-case communication baseline for SSE. We show that completely eliminating leakage in SSE is impossible. We propose single keyword schemes for our leakage classes and show that either they perform worse than streaming the entire outsourced data (for a large fraction of queries) or they do not provide meaningful reduction in leakage. We present detailed evaluation using the Enron email corpus and the complete English Wikipedia corpus.

18:17 [Pub][ePrint] GMU Hardware API for Authenticated Ciphers, by Ekawat Homsirikamol and William Diehl and Ahmed Ferozpuri and Farnoud Farahmand and Malik Umar Sharif and Kris Gaj

  In this paper, we propose a universal hardware API for authenticated ciphers, which can be used in any future implementations of authenticated ciphers submitted to the CAESAR competition. A common interface and communication protocol would help in reducing any potential biases, and would make the comparison in hardware more reliable and fair. By design, our proposed API is equally suitable for hardware implementations of authenticated ciphers developed manually (at the register-transfer level), and those obtained using high-level synthesis tools. Our implementation of the proposed interface and communication protocol includes universal, open-source pre processing and post-processing units, common for all CAESAR candidates. Apart from the full documentation, examples, and the source code of the pre-processing and post-processing units, we are making available in public domain a) a universal testbench to verify the functionality of any CAESAR candidate implemented using the GMU hardware API, b) a Python script used to automatically generate test vectors for this testbench, c) VHDL wrappers used to determine the maximum clock frequency

and the resource utilization of all implementations, and d) RTL VHDL source codes of high-speed implementations of AES and the Keccak Permutation F. We hope that the existence of these resources will substantially reduce the time necessary to develop hardware implementations of all CAESAR candidates for the purpose of evaluation, comparison, and future deployment in real products.

18:17 [Pub][ePrint] Smart Security Management in Secure Devices, by Bruno Robisson, Michel Agoyan, Patrick Soquet, S\\\'ebastien Le Henaff, Franck Wajsb\\\"urt, Pirouz Bazargan-Sabet, Guillaume Phan

  Among other threats, secure components are subjected to physical attacks whose aim is to recover the secret information they store. Most of the work carried out to protect these components generally consists in developing protections (or countermeasures) taken one by one. But this ``countermeasure-centered\'\' approach drastically decreases the performance of the chip in terms of power, speed and availability. In order to overcome this limitation, we propose a complementary approach: smart dynamic management of the whole set of countermeasures embedded in the component. Two main specifications for such management are required in a real world application (for example, a conditional access system for Pay-TV): it has to provide capabilities for the chip to distinguish between attacks and normal use cases (without the help of a human being and in a robust but versatile way); it also has to be based on mechanisms which dynamically find a trade-off between security and performance.

In this article, a prototype which enables such security management is described. The solution is based on a double-processor architecture: one processor embeds a representative set of countermeasures (and mechanisms to define their parameters) and executes the application code. The second processor, on the same chip, applies a given security strategy, but without requesting sensitive data from the first processor. The chosen strategy is based on fuzzy logic reasoning to enable the designer to describe, using a fairly simple formalism, both the attack paths and the normal use cases. A proof of concept has been proposed for the smart card part of a conditional access for Pay-TV, but it could easily be fine-tuned for other applications.

18:17 [Pub][ePrint] Privacy-preserving Frequent Itemset Mining for Sparse and Dense Data, by Peeter Laud and Alisa Pankova

  Frequent itemset mining is a task that can in turn be used for other purposes such as associative rule mining. One problem is that the data may be sensitive, and its owner may refuse to give it for analysis in plaintext. There exist many privacy-preserving solutions for frequent itemset mining, but in any case enhancing the privacy inevitably spoils the efficiency. Leaking some less sensitive information such as data density might improve the efficiency. In this paper, we devise an approach that works better for sparse matrices and compare it to the related work that uses similar security requirements on similar secure multiparty computation platform.

18:17 [Pub][ePrint] Function-Hiding Inner Product Encryption, by Allison Bishop and Abhishek Jain and Lucas Kowalczyk

  We extend the reach of functional encryption schemes that are provably secure under simple assumptions against unbounded collusion to include function-hiding inner product schemes. Our scheme is a private key functional encryption scheme, where ciphertexts correspond to vectors $\\vec{x}$, secret keys correspond to vectors $\\vec{y}$, and a decryptor learns $\\langle \\vec{x}, \\vec{y} \\rangle$. Our scheme employs asymmetric bilinear maps and relies only on the SXDH assumption to satisfy a natural indistinguishability-based security notion where arbitrarily many key and ciphertext vectors can be simultaneously changed as long as the key-ciphertext dot product relationships are all preserved.

18:17 [Pub][ePrint] Decaf: Eliminating cofactors through point compression, by Mike Hamburg

  We propose a new unified point compression format for Edwards, Twisted Edwards and Montgomery curves over large-characteristic fields, which effectively divides the curve\'s cofactor by 4 at very little cost to performance. This allows cofactor-4 curves to efficiently implement prime-order groups.

18:17 [Pub][ePrint] Preprocessing-Based Verification of Multiparty Protocols with Honest Majority, by Peeter Laud and Alisa Pankova

  This paper presents a generic method for turning passively secure protocols into protocols secure against covert attacks, adding an offline preprocessing and a cheap post-execution verification phase. The execution phase, after which the computed result is already available to the parties, has only negligible overhead.

Our method uses shared verification based on precomputed multiplication triples. Such triples are often used to make the protocol execution itself faster, but in this work we make use of these triples especially for verification. The verification preserves the privacy guarantees of the original protocol, and it can be straightforwardly applied to protocols over finite rings, even if the same protocol performs its computation over several distinct rings at once.

18:17 [Pub][ePrint] Hawk: The Blockchain Model of Cryptography and Privacy-Preserving Smart Contracts, by Ahmed Kosba and Andrew Miller and Elaine Shi and Zikai Wen and Charalampos Papamanthou

  Emerging smart contract systems over decentralized cryp-

tocurrencies allow mutually distrustful parties to transact

safely with each other without trusting a third-party inter-

mediary. In the event of contractual breaches or aborts, the

decentralized blockchain ensures that other honest parties

obtain commesurate remuneration. Existing systems, how-

ever, lack transactional privacy. All transactions, including

flow of money between pseudonyms and amount trasacted,

are exposed in the clear on the blockchain.

We present Hawk, a decentralized smart contract system

that does not store financial transactions in the clear on

the blockchain, thus retaining transactional privacy from the

public\'s view. A Hawk programmer can write a private smart

contract in an intuitive manner without having to implement

cryptography, and our compiler automatically generates an

efficient cryptographic protocol where contractual parties in-

teract with the blockchain, using cryptographic primitives

such as succint zero-knowledge proofs.

To formally define and reason about the security of our

protocols, we are the first to formalize the blockchain model

of secure computation. The formal modeling is of indepen-

dent interest. We advocate the community to adopt such a

formal model when designing interesting applications atop

decentralized blockchains.

18:17 [Pub][ePrint] Quantum Cryptanalysis of NTRU, by Scott Fluhrer

  This paper explores some attacks that someone with a Quantum Computer may be able to perform against NTRUEncrypt, and in particular NTRUEncrypt as implemented by the publicly available library from Security Innovation. We show four attacks that an attacker with a Quantum Computer might be able to perform against encryption performed by this library. Two of these attacks recover the private key from the public key with less effort than expected; in one case taking advantage of how the published library is implemented, and the other, an academic attack that works against four of the parameter sets defined for NTRUEncrypt. In addition, we also show two attacks that are able to recover plaintext from the ciphertext and public key with less than expected effort. This has potential implications on the use of NTRU within TOR, as suggested by Whyte and Schanck

18:17 [Pub][ePrint] EdDSA for more curves, by Daniel J. Bernstein and Simon Josefsson and Tanja Lange and Peter Schwabe and Bo-Yin Yang

  The original specification of EdDSA was suitable only for finite fields Fq with q mod 4 = 1. The main purpose of this document is to extend EdDSA to allow finite fields Fq with any odd q. This document also extends EdDSA to support prehashing, i.e., signing the hash of a message.