Cryptology ePrint Archive: Report 2011/230

All-But-Many Lossy Trapdoor Functions

Dennis Hofheinz

Abstract: We put forward a generalization of lossy trapdoor functions (LTFs). Namely, all-but-many lossy trapdoor functions (ABM-LTFs) are LTFs that are parametrized with tags. Each tag can either be injective or lossy, which leads to an invertible or a lossy function. The interesting property of ABM-LTFs is that it is possible to generate an arbitrary number of lossy tags by means of a special trapdoor, while it is not feasible to produce lossy tags without this trapdoor.

Our definition and construction can be seen as generalizations of all-but-one LTFs (due to Peikert and Waters) and all-but-N LTFs (due to Hemenway et al.). However, to achieve ABM-LTFs (and thus a number of lossy tags which is not bounded by any polynomial), we have to employ some new tricks. Concretely, we give two constructions that employ ``disguised'' variants of the Waters, resp. Boneh-Boyen signature schemes to make the generation of lossy tags hard without trapdoor. In a nutshell, lossy tags simply correspond to valid signatures. At the same time, tags are disguised (i.e., suitably blinded) to keep lossy tags indistinguishable from injective tags.

ABM-LTFs are useful in settings in which there are a polynomial number of adversarial challenges (e.g., challenge ciphertexts). Specifically, building on work by Hemenway et al., we show that ABM-LTFs can be used to achieve selective opening security against chosen-ciphertext attacks. One of our ABM-LTF constructions thus yields the first SO-CCA secure encryption scheme with compact ciphertexts (O(1) group elements) whose efficiency does not depend on the number of challenges. Our second ABM-LTF construction yields an IND-CCA (and in fact SO-CCA) secure encryption scheme whose security reduction is independent of the number of challenges and decryption queries.

Category / Keywords: public-key cryptography / lossy trapdoor functions, public-key encryption, selective opening attacks

Original Publication (with major differences): IACR-EUROCRYPT-2012

Date: received 10 May 2011, last revised 4 Apr 2017

Contact author: Dennis Hofheinz at kit edu

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Note: Update (2011-07-29): rearranged, fixed a small bug in proof of DCR-based construction, fixed typos. Update (2011-10-10): improved lossiness analysis of DCR-based construction. (Lossiness actually already follows in rings Z_{N^s} for s>=3.) Update (2011-12-30): incorporated referee comments. Update (2013-03-18): Closed technical gap in discussion of SIM-SO-CCA security. (Previous description of Opener algorithm was much too oversimplified.) Update (2013-10-29): added missing grant information. Update (2017-04-04): corrected flaw in PKE construction and proof.

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