Paper 2018/344

Nothing Refreshes Like a RePSI: Reactive Private Set Intersection

Andrea Cerulli, Emiliano De Cristofaro, and Claudio Soriente


Private Set Intersection (PSI) is a popular cryptographic primitive that allows two parties, a client and a server, to compute the intersection of their private sets, so that the client only receives the output of the computation, while the server learns nothing besides the size of the client's set. A common limitation of PSI is that a dishonest client can progressively learn the server's set by enumerating it over different executions. Although these "oracle attacks" do not formally violate security according to traditional secure computation definitions, in practice, they often hamper real-life deployment of PSI instantiations, especially if the server's set does not change much over multiple interactions. In a first step to address this problem, this paper presents and studies the concept of Reactive PSI (RePSI). We model PSI as a reactive functionality, whereby the output depends on previous instances, and use it to limit the effectiveness of oracle attacks. We introduce a general security model for RePSI in the (augmented) semi-honest model and a construction which enables the server to control how many inputs have been used by the client across several executions. In the process, we also present the first practical construction of a Size-Hiding PSI (SHI-PSI) protocol in the standard model, which may be of independent interest.

Note: Added reference to a paper by Chase et al. (Eurocrypt'15)

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Published elsewhere. MINOR revision.ACNS 2018
private set intersectionreactive functionalities
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2018-06-01: revised
2018-04-16: received
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      title = {Nothing Refreshes Like a RePSI: Reactive Private Set Intersection},
      howpublished = {Cryptology ePrint Archive, Paper 2018/344},
      year = {2018},
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