To respond to the present crisis, we put forward physically observable cryptography: a powerful, comprehensive, and precise model for defining and delivering cryptographic security against an adversary that has access to information leaked from the physical execution of cryptographic algorithms.
Our general model allows for a variety of adversaries. In this paper, however, we focus on the strongest possible adversary, so as to capture what is cryptographically possible in the worst possible, physically observable setting. In particular, we
-- consider an adversary that has full (and indeed adaptive) access to any leaked information;
-- show that some of the basic theorems and intuitions of traditional cryptography no longer hold in a physically observable setting; and
-- construct pseudorandom generators that are provably secure against all physical-observation attacks.
Our model makes it easy to meaningfully restrict the power of our general physically observing adversary. Such restrictions may enable schemes that are more efficient or rely on weaker assumptions, while retaining security against meaningful physical observations attacks.Category / Keywords: foundations / Publication Info: Extended Abstract in TCC 2004 Date: received 9 Jun 2003, last revised 1 Jun 2004 Contact author: reyzin at bu edu Available format(s): Postscript (PS) | Compressed Postscript (PS.GZ) | PDF | BibTeX Citation Version: 20040601:191015 (All versions of this report) Discussion forum: Show discussion | Start new discussion