Cryptology ePrint Archive: Report 2016/347

Cryptanalysis of Searchable Anonymous Attribute Based Encryption

Payal Chaudhari and Manik Lal Das

Abstract: Ciphertext Policy Attribute Based Encryption (CP - ABE) is a public key primitive in which a user is only able to decrypt a ciphertext if the attributes associated with secret key and the access policy connected with ciphertext matches. CP-ABE provides both confidentiality and access control to the data stored in public cloud. Anonymous CP-ABE is an adaptation of ABE where in addition to data confidentiality and access control, receiver anonymity is also provided. Recently, Koo et al. (2013) proposed a scheme in the area of anonymous CP-ABE. We found security flaws in Koo et al.’s scheme. Their scheme does not support anonymity of the intended receiver, which was the main security claim in [8]. In this paper, we show how one can identify the receiver in Koo et al.’s scheme.

Category / Keywords: public-key cryptography / Attribute Based Encryption, Anonymity, Bilinear Pairing, Access Structure

Date: received 1 Apr 2016

Contact author: payal ldrp at gmail com

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