Cryptology ePrint Archive: Report 2015/334

On the Correlation Intractability of Obfuscated Pseudorandom Functions

Ran Canetti and Yilei Chen and Leonid Reyzin

Abstract: A family of hash functions is called ``correlation intractable'' if it is hard to find, given a random function in the family, an input-output pair that satisfies any ``sparse'' relation, namely any relation that is hard to satisfy for truly random functions. Correlation intractability captures a strong and natural Random Oracle-like property. However, it is widely considered to be unobtainable. Indeed, it was shown that correlation intractable functions do not exist for some length parameters [Canetti, Goldreich and Halevi, J.ACM 04]. Furthermore, no candidate constructions have been proposed in the literature for any setting of the parameters.

We construct a correlation intractable function ensemble that withstands all relations with a priori bounded polynomial complexity. We assume the existence of sub-exponentially secure indistinguishability obfuscators, puncturable pseudorandom functions, and input-hiding obfuscators for evasive circuits. The existence of the latter is implied by Virtual-Grey-Box obfuscation for evasive circuits [Bitansky et al, CRYPTO 14].

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Original Publication (with minor differences): IACR-TCC-2016

Date: received 13 Apr 2015, last revised 16 Nov 2015

Contact author: canetti at tau ac il; chenyl at bu edu; reyzin at cs bu edu

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