To remedy this situation, we propose a novel interpretation of functional encryption, based on the Constructive Cryptography framework, in which a protocol is seen as a construction of an ideal resource with desired properties from a real resource, which is assumed to be available. The resulting ideal resource can then be used as a real resource in other protocols to construct more advanced resources. The real resource we consider here corresponds to a public repository that allows everyone to read its contents. Such repositories are indeed widely available on the internet. Using functional encryption, we construct, as the ideal resource, a repository with fine-grained access control.
Based on this constructive viewpoint, we propose a new security definition, called FA-security, for functional encryption by adequately modifying an established definition, and prove the equivalence to our notion of construction. This gives evidence that FA-security is an appropriate definition. We further consider known impossibility results and examine a weaker security definition. We show that this weaker definition, for which secure schemes exist, is sufficient to construct a repository that restricts the number and order of interactions. This makes explicit how such schemes can be used.Category / Keywords: public-key cryptography / functional encryption, constructive cryptography, composability, definitions Date: received 3 Sep 2013 Contact author: mattc at inf ethz ch Available format(s): PDF | BibTeX Citation Version: 20130904:142339 (All versions of this report) Discussion forum: Show discussion | Start new discussion