Cryptology ePrint Archive: Report 2016/356

More Efficient Constructions for Inner-Product Encryption

Somindu C. Ramanna

Abstract: We propose new constructions for inner product encryption -- $\mathcal{IPE}_1$ and $\mathcal{IPE}_2$, both secure under the eXternal Diffie-Hellman assumption (SXDH) in asymmetric pairing groups. The first scheme has constant-size ciphertexts whereas the second one is weakly attribute hiding. $\mathcal{IPE}_2$ is derived from the identity-based encryption scheme of Jutla Roy (Asiacrypt 2013), that was extended from tag-based quasi-adaptive non-interactive zero-knowledge (QA-NIZK) proofs for linear subspaces of vector spaces over bilinear groups. The verifier common reference string (CRS) in these tag-based systems are split into two parts, that are combined during verification. We consider an alternate form of the tag-based QA-NIZK proof with a single verifier CRS that already includes a tag, different from the one defining the language. The verification succeeds as long as the two tags are unequal. Essentially, we embed a two-equation revocation mechanism in the verification. The new QA-NIZK proof system leads to $\mathcal{IPE}_1$, a constant-sized ciphertext IPE scheme with very short ciphertexts. Both the IPE schemes are obtained by applying the $n$-equation revocation technique of Attrapadung and Libert (PKC 2010) to the corresponding identity based encryption schemes and proved secure under SXDH assumption. As an application, we show how our schemes can be specialised to obtain the first fully secure identity-based broadcast encryption based on SXDH with a trade-off among the public parameters, ciphertext and key sizes, all of them being sub-linear in the maximum number of recipients of a broadcast.

Category / Keywords: public-key cryptography / inner-product encryption, attribute-hiding, constant-size ciphertexts, quasi-adaptive non-interactive zero knowledge proofs

Original Publication (with minor differences): Extended version of a paper to appear at ACNS 2016

Date: received 6 Apr 2016, last revised 7 Sep 2016

Contact author: somindu ramanna at ens-lyon fr

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