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Private Information Retrieval
, 1997
"... Publicly accessible databases are an indispensable resource for retrieving up to date information. But they also pose a significant risk to the privacy of the user, since a curious database operator can follow the user's queries and infer what the user is after. Indeed, in cases where the users ' i ..."
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Publicly accessible databases are an indispensable resource for retrieving up to date information. But they also pose a significant risk to the privacy of the user, since a curious database operator can follow the user's queries and infer what the user is after. Indeed, in cases where the users ' intentions are to be kept secret, users are often cautious about accessing the database. It can be shown that when accessing a single database, to completely guarantee the privacy of the user, the whole database should be downloaded, namely n bits should be communicated (where n is the number of bits in the database). In this work, we investigate whether by replicating the database, more efficient solutions to the private retrieval problem can be obtained. We describe schemes that enable a user to access k replicated copies of a database (k * 2) and privately retrieve information stored in the database. This means that each individual database gets no information on the identity of the item retrieved by the user. Our schemes use the replication to gain substantial saving. In particular, we have ffl A two database scheme with communication complexity of O(n1=3). ffl A scheme for a constant number, k, of databases with communication complexity O(n1=k). ffl A scheme for 13 log2 n databases with polylogarithmic (in n) communication complexity.
Protecting Mobile Agents Against Malicious Hosts
, 1997
"... . A key element of any mobile code based distributed system are the security mechanisms available to protect (a) the host against potentially hostile actions of a code fragment under execution and (b) the mobile code against tampering attempts by the executing host. Many techniques for the first ..."
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. A key element of any mobile code based distributed system are the security mechanisms available to protect (a) the host against potentially hostile actions of a code fragment under execution and (b) the mobile code against tampering attempts by the executing host. Many techniques for the first problem (a) have been developed. The second problem (b) seems to be much harder: It is the general belief that computation privacy for mobile code cannot be provided without tamper resistant hardware. Furthermore it is doubted that an agent can keep a secret (e.g., a secret key to generate digital signatures). There is an error in reasoning in the arguments supporting these beliefs which we are going to point out. In this paper we describe softwareonly approaches for providing computation privacy for mobile code in the important case that the mobile code fragment computes an algebraic circuit (a polynomial). We further describe an approach how a mobile agent can digitally sign his...
Fully homomorphic encryption using ideal lattices
 In Proc. STOC
, 2009
"... We propose a fully homomorphic encryption scheme – i.e., a scheme that allows one to evaluate circuits over encrypted data without being able to decrypt. Our solution comes in three steps. First, we provide a general result – that, to construct an encryption scheme that permits evaluation of arbitra ..."
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We propose a fully homomorphic encryption scheme – i.e., a scheme that allows one to evaluate circuits over encrypted data without being able to decrypt. Our solution comes in three steps. First, we provide a general result – that, to construct an encryption scheme that permits evaluation of arbitrary circuits, it suffices to construct an encryption scheme that can evaluate (slightly augmented versions of) its own decryption circuit; we call a scheme that can evaluate its (augmented) decryption circuit bootstrappable. Next, we describe a public key encryption scheme using ideal lattices that is almost bootstrappable. Latticebased cryptosystems typically have decryption algorithms with low circuit complexity, often dominated by an inner product computation that is in NC1. Also, ideal lattices provide both additive and multiplicative homomorphisms (modulo a publickey ideal in a polynomial ring that is represented as a lattice), as needed to evaluate general circuits. Unfortunately, our initial scheme is not quite bootstrappable – i.e., the depth that the scheme can correctly evaluate can be logarithmic in the lattice dimension, just like the depth of the decryption circuit, but the latter is greater than the former. In the final step, we show how to modify the scheme to reduce the depth of the decryption circuit, and thereby obtain a bootstrappable encryption scheme, without reducing the depth that the scheme can evaluate. Abstractly, we accomplish this by enabling the encrypter to start the decryption process, leaving less work for the decrypter, much like the server leaves less work for the decrypter in a serveraided cryptosystem.
Executing SQL over Encrypted Data in the DatabaseServiceProvider Model
, 2002
"... Rapid advances in networking and Internet technologies have fueled the emergence of the "software as a service" model for enterprise computing. Successful examples of commercially viable software services include rentaspreadsheet, electronic mail services, general storage services, disaster protec ..."
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Rapid advances in networking and Internet technologies have fueled the emergence of the "software as a service" model for enterprise computing. Successful examples of commercially viable software services include rentaspreadsheet, electronic mail services, general storage services, disaster protection services. "Database as a Service" model provides users power to create, store, modify, and retrieve data from anywhere in the world, as long as they have access to the Internet. It introduces several challenges, an important issue being data privacy. It is in this context that we specifically address the issue of data privacy.
On the (im)possibility of obfuscating programs
 Lecture Notes in Computer Science
, 2001
"... Informally, an obfuscator O is an (efficient, probabilistic) “compiler ” that takes as input a program (or circuit) P and produces a new program O(P) that has the same functionality as P yet is “unintelligible ” in some sense. Obfuscators, if they exist, would have a wide variety of cryptographic an ..."
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Informally, an obfuscator O is an (efficient, probabilistic) “compiler ” that takes as input a program (or circuit) P and produces a new program O(P) that has the same functionality as P yet is “unintelligible ” in some sense. Obfuscators, if they exist, would have a wide variety of cryptographic and complexitytheoretic applications, ranging from software protection to homomorphic encryption to complexitytheoretic analogues of Rice’s theorem. Most of these applications are based on an interpretation of the “unintelligibility ” condition in obfuscation as meaning that O(P) is a “virtual black box, ” in the sense that anything one can efficiently compute given O(P), one could also efficiently compute given oracle access to P. In this work, we initiate a theoretical investigation of obfuscation. Our main result is that, even under very weak formalizations of the above intuition, obfuscation is impossible. We prove this by constructing a family of efficient programs P that are unobfuscatable in the sense that (a) given any efficient program P ′ that computes the same function as a program P ∈ P, the “source code ” P can be efficiently reconstructed, yet (b) given oracle access to a (randomly selected) program P ∈ P, no efficient algorithm can reconstruct P (or even distinguish a certain bit in the code from random) except with negligible probability. We extend our impossibility result in a number of ways, including even obfuscators that (a) are not necessarily computable in polynomial time, (b) only approximately preserve the functionality, and (c) only need to work for very restricted models of computation (TC 0). We also rule out several potential applications of obfuscators, by constructing “unobfuscatable” signature schemes, encryption schemes, and pseudorandom function families.
On Hiding Information from an Oracle
, 1989
"... : We consider the problem of computing with encrypted data. Player A wishes to know the value f(x) for some x but lacks the power to compute it. Player B has the power to compute f and is willing to send f(y) to A if she sends him y, for any y. Informally, an encryption scheme for the problem f is a ..."
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: We consider the problem of computing with encrypted data. Player A wishes to know the value f(x) for some x but lacks the power to compute it. Player B has the power to compute f and is willing to send f(y) to A if she sends him y, for any y. Informally, an encryption scheme for the problem f is a method by which A, using her inferior resources, can transform the cleartext instance x into an encrypted instance y, obtain f(y) from B, and infer f(x) from f(y) in such a way that B cannot infer x from y. When such an encryption scheme exists, we say that f is encryptable. The framework defined in this paper enables us to prove precise statements about what an encrypted instance hides and what it leaks, in an informationtheoretic sense. Our definitions are cast in the language of probability theory and do not involve assumptions such as the intractability of factoring or the existence of oneway functions. We use our framework to describe encryption schemes for some wellknown function...
Order Preserving Encryption for Numeric Data
, 2004
"... Encryption is a well established technology for protecting sensitive data. However, once encrypted, data can no longer be easily queried aside from exact matches. We present an orderpreserving encryption scheme for numeric data that allows any comparison operation to be directly applied on encrypte ..."
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Encryption is a well established technology for protecting sensitive data. However, once encrypted, data can no longer be easily queried aside from exact matches. We present an orderpreserving encryption scheme for numeric data that allows any comparison operation to be directly applied on encrypted data. Query results produced are sound (no false hits) and complete (no false drops). Our scheme handles updates gracefully and new values can be added without requiring changes in the encryption of other values. It allows standard database indexes to be built over encrypted tables and can easily be integrated with existing database systems. The proposed scheme has been designed to be deployed in application environments in which the intruder can get access to the encrypted database, but does not have prior domain information such as the distribution of values and cannot encrypt or decrypt arbitrary values of his choice. The encryption is robust against estimation of the true value in such environments.
Towards Mobile Cryptography
, 1998
"... Mobile code technology has become a driving force for recent advances in distributed systems. The concept of mobility of executable code raises major security problems. In this paper we deal with the protection of mobile code from possibly malicious hosts. We conceptualize on the specific cryptograp ..."
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Mobile code technology has become a driving force for recent advances in distributed systems. The concept of mobility of executable code raises major security problems. In this paper we deal with the protection of mobile code from possibly malicious hosts. We conceptualize on the specific cryptographic problems posed by mobile code. We are able to provide a solution for some of these problems: We present techniques how to achieve "noninteractive computing with encrypted programs" in certain cases and give a complete solution for this problem in important instances. We further present a way how an agent might securely perform a cryptographic primitive, digital signing, in an untrusted execution environment. Our results are based on the use of homomorphic encryption schemes and function composition techniques. ii 1 Introduction The security of the execution environment is a basic cornerstone of cryptographic systems: the parties which perform a cryptographic protocol require a tru...
Deciding knowledge in security protocols under equational theories
 In Proc. 31st International Colloquium on Automata, Languages and Programming (ICALP’04), volume 3142 of LNCS
, 2004
"... Abstract. The analysis of security protocols requires precise formulations of the knowledge of protocol participants and attackers. In formal approaches, this knowledge is often treated in terms of message deducibility and indistinguishability relations. In this paper we study the decidability of th ..."
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Abstract. The analysis of security protocols requires precise formulations of the knowledge of protocol participants and attackers. In formal approaches, this knowledge is often treated in terms of message deducibility and indistinguishability relations. In this paper we study the decidability of these two relations. The messages in question may employ functions (encryption, decryption, etc.) axiomatized in an equational theory. Our main positive results say that, for a large and useful class of equational theories, deducibility and indistinguishability are both decidable in polynomial time. 1
OneRound Secure Computation and Secure Autonomous Mobile Agents (Extended Abstract)
, 2000
"... This paper investigates oneround secure computation between two distrusting parties: Alice and Bob each have private inputs to a common function, but only Alice, acting as the receiver, is to learn the output; the protocol is limited to one message from Alice to Bob followed by one message from Bob ..."
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This paper investigates oneround secure computation between two distrusting parties: Alice and Bob each have private inputs to a common function, but only Alice, acting as the receiver, is to learn the output; the protocol is limited to one message from Alice to Bob followed by one message from Bob to Alice. A model in which Bob may be computationally unbounded is investigated, which corresponds to informationtheoretic security for Alice. It is shown that 1. for honestbutcurious behavior and unbounded Bob, any function computable by a polynomialsize circuit can be computed securely assuming the hardness of the decisional DiffieHellman problem; 2. for malicious behavior by both (bounded) parties, any function computable by a polynomialsize circuit can be computed securely, in a publickey framework, assuming the hardness of the decisional DiffieHellman problem.