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Formalizing human ignorance: Collisionresistant hashing without the keys
 In Proc. Vietcrypt ’06
, 2006
"... Abstract. There is a foundational problem involving collisionresistant hashfunctions: common constructions are keyless, but formal definitions are keyed. The discrepancy stems from the fact that a function H: {0, 1} ∗ → {0, 1} n always admits an efficient collisionfinding algorithm, it’s just t ..."
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Abstract. There is a foundational problem involving collisionresistant hashfunctions: common constructions are keyless, but formal definitions are keyed. The discrepancy stems from the fact that a function H: {0, 1} ∗ → {0, 1} n always admits an efficient collisionfinding algorithm, it’s just that us human beings might be unable to write the program down. We explain a simple way to sidestep this difficulty that avoids having to key our hash functions. The idea is to state theorems in a way that prescribes an explicitlygiven reduction, normally a blackbox one. We illustrate this approach using wellknown examples involving digital signatures, pseudorandom functions, and the MerkleDamg˚ard construction. Key words. Collisionfree hash function, Collisionintractable hash function, Collisionresistant hash function, Cryptographic hash function, Provable security. 1
Salvaging MerkleDamg˚ard for Practical Applications
, 2009
"... Many cryptographic applications of hash functions are analyzed in the random oracle model. Unfortunately, most concrete hash functions, including the SHA family, use the iterative (strengthened) MerkleDamg˚ard transform applied to a corresponding compression function. Moreover, it is well known tha ..."
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Many cryptographic applications of hash functions are analyzed in the random oracle model. Unfortunately, most concrete hash functions, including the SHA family, use the iterative (strengthened) MerkleDamg˚ard transform applied to a corresponding compression function. Moreover, it is well known that the resulting “structured ” hash function cannot be generically used as a random oracle, even if the compression function is assumed to be ideal. This leaves a large disconnect between theory and practice: although no attack is known for many concrete applications utilizing existing (MerkleDamg˚ard based) hash functions, there is no security guarantee either, even by idealizing the compression function. Motivated by this question, we initiate a rigorous and modular study of developing new notions of (still idealized) hash functions which would be (a) natural and elegant; (b) sufficient for arguing security of important applications; and (c) provably met by the (strengthened) MerkleDamg˚ard transform, applied to a “strong enough ” compression function. In particular, we show that a fixedlength compressing random oracle, as well as the currently used DaviesMeyer compression function (the latter analyzed in the ideal cipher model) are “strong enough ” for the two specific weakenings of the random oracle that we develop. These weaker notions, described below, are quite natural and should be interesting in their own right: • Preimage Aware Functions. Roughly, if an attacker found a “later useful ” output y of the function, then it must
Constructing cryptographic hash functions from fixedkey blockciphers. Full version of this paper
, 2008
"... Abstract. We propose a family of compression functions built from fixedkey blockciphers and investigate their collision and preimage security in the idealcipher model. The constructions have security approaching and in many cases equaling the security upper bounds found in previous work of the aut ..."
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Abstract. We propose a family of compression functions built from fixedkey blockciphers and investigate their collision and preimage security in the idealcipher model. The constructions have security approaching and in many cases equaling the security upper bounds found in previous work of the authors [24]. In particular, we describe a 2nbit to nbit compression function using three nbit permutation calls that has collision security N 0.5,whereN =2 n, and we describe 3nbit to 2nbit compression functions using five and six permutation calls and having collision security of at least N 0.55 and N 0.63. Key words: blockcipherbased hashing, collisionresistant hashing, compression functions, cryptographic hash functions, idealcipher model. 1
A Secure and Practical Electronic Voting Scheme for Real World Environments
, 1997
"... this paper, we propose a practical and secure electronic voting scheme which meets the requirements of large scale general elections. This scheme involves voters, the administrator or so called the government and some scrutineers. In our scheme, a voter only has to communicate with the administrator ..."
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this paper, we propose a practical and secure electronic voting scheme which meets the requirements of large scale general elections. This scheme involves voters, the administrator or so called the government and some scrutineers. In our scheme, a voter only has to communicate with the administrator three times and it ensures independence among voters without the need of any global computation. This scheme uses the threshold cryptosystem to guarantee the fairness among the candidate's campaign and to provide mechanism for achieving the function that any voter can make an open objection to the tally if his vote has not been published. This scheme preserves the privacy of a voter against the administrator, scrutineers, and other voters. Completeness, robustness, and verifiability of the voting process are ensured and hence no one can produce a false tally, corrupt or disrupt the election.
Building a collisionresistant compression function from noncompressing primitives
 In ICALP 2008, Part II
, 2008
"... Abstract. We consider how to build an efficient compression function from a small number of random, noncompressing primitives. Our main goal is to achieve a level of collision resistance as close as possible to the optimal birthday bound. We present a 2nton bit compression function based on three ..."
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Abstract. We consider how to build an efficient compression function from a small number of random, noncompressing primitives. Our main goal is to achieve a level of collision resistance as close as possible to the optimal birthday bound. We present a 2nton bit compression function based on three independent nton bit random functions, each called only once. We show that if the three random functions are treated as black boxes then finding collisions requires Θ(2 n/2 /n c) queries for c ≈ 1. This result remains valid if two of the three random functions are replaced by a fixedkey ideal cipher in DaviesMeyer mode (i.e., EK(x) ⊕ x for permutation EK). We also give a heuristic, backed by experimental results, suggesting that the security loss is at most four bits for block sizes up to 256 bits. We believe this is the best result to date on the matter of building a collisionresistant compression function from noncompressing functions. It also relates to an open question from Black et al. (Eurocrypt’05), who showed that compression functions that invoke a single noncompressing random function cannot suffice. We also explore the relationship of our problem with that of doubling the output of a hash function and we show how our compression function can be used to double the output length of ideal hashes.
A study of the md5 attacks: insights and improvements
 In Proceedings of the 13th international conference on Fast Software Encryption, FSE’06
, 2006
"... Abstract. MD5 is a wellknown and widelyused cryptographic hash function. It has received renewed attention from researchers subsequent to the recent announcement of collisions found by Wang et al. [16]. To date, however, the method used by researchers in this work has been fairly difficult to gras ..."
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Abstract. MD5 is a wellknown and widelyused cryptographic hash function. It has received renewed attention from researchers subsequent to the recent announcement of collisions found by Wang et al. [16]. To date, however, the method used by researchers in this work has been fairly difficult to grasp. In this paper we conduct a study of all attacks on MD5 starting from Wang. We explain the techniques used by her team, give insights on how to improve these techniques, and use these insights to produce an even faster attack on MD5. Additionally, we provide an “MD5 Toolkit” implementing these improvements that we hope will serve as an opensource platform for further research. Our hope is that a better understanding of these attacks will lead to a better understanding of our current collection of hash functions, what their strengths and weaknesses are, and where we should direct future efforts in order to produce even stronger primitives.
Hash Functions: From MerkleDamgård to Shoup
 EUROCRYPT
, 2001
"... In this paper we study two possible approaches to improving existing schemes for constructing hash functions that hash arbitrary long messages. First, we introduce a continuum of function classes that lie between universal oneway hash functions and collisionresistant functions. For some of these c ..."
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In this paper we study two possible approaches to improving existing schemes for constructing hash functions that hash arbitrary long messages. First, we introduce a continuum of function classes that lie between universal oneway hash functions and collisionresistant functions. For some of these classes efficient (yielding short keys) composite schemes exist. Second, we prove that the schedule of the Shoup construction, which is the most efficient composition scheme for universal oneway hash functions known so far, is optimal.
Second preimages on nbit hash functions for much less than 2^n work
"... We expand a previous result of Dean [Dea99] to provide a second preimage attack on all nbit iterated hash functions with DamgårdMerkle strengthening and nbit intermediate states, allowing a second preimage to be found for a 2 kmessageblock message with about k × 2 n/2+1 +2 n−k+1 work. Using RI ..."
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We expand a previous result of Dean [Dea99] to provide a second preimage attack on all nbit iterated hash functions with DamgårdMerkle strengthening and nbit intermediate states, allowing a second preimage to be found for a 2 kmessageblock message with about k × 2 n/2+1 +2 n−k+1 work. Using RIPEMD160 as an example, our attack can find a second preimage for a 2^60 byte message in about 2^106 work, rather than the previously expected 2^160 work. We also provide slightly cheaper ways to find multicollisions than the method of Joux [Jou04]. Both of these results are based on expandable messages–patterns for producing messages of varying length, which all collide on the intermediate hash result immediately after processing the message. We provide an algorithm for finding expandable messages for any nbit hash function built using the DamgårdMerkle construction, which requires only a small multiple of the work done to find a single collision in the hash function.
M.: Indifferentiable security analysis of popular hash functions with prefixfree padding
 ASIACRYPT 2006. LNCS
, 2006
"... Abstract. Understanding what construction strategy has a chance to be a good hash function is extremely important nowadays. In TCC’04, Maurer et al. [13] introduced the notion of indifferentiability as a generalization of the concept of the indistinguishability of two systems. In Crypto’2005, Coron ..."
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Abstract. Understanding what construction strategy has a chance to be a good hash function is extremely important nowadays. In TCC’04, Maurer et al. [13] introduced the notion of indifferentiability as a generalization of the concept of the indistinguishability of two systems. In Crypto’2005, Coron et al. [5] suggested to employ indifferentiability in generic analysis of hash functions and started by suggesting four constructions which enable eliminating all possible generic attacks against iterative hash functions. In this paper we continue this initial suggestion and we give a formal proof of indifferentiability and indifferentiable attack for prefixfree MD hash functions (for single block length (SBL) hash and also some double block length (DBL) constructions) in the random oracle model and in the ideal cipher model. In particular, we observe that there are sixteen PGV hash functions (with prefixfree padding) which are indifferentiable from random oracle model in the ideal cipher model. 1
Assche. Sponge functions
, 2007
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