Paper 2020/292

LWE with Side Information: Attacks and Concrete Security Estimation

Dana Dachman-Soled
Léo Ducas
Huijing Gong
Mélissa Rossi

We propose a framework for cryptanalysis of lattice-based schemes, when side information---in the form of ``hints''--- about the secret and/or error is available. Our framework generalizes the so-called primal lattice reduction attack, and allows the progressive integration of hints before running a final lattice reduction step. Our techniques for integrating hints include sparsifying the lattice, projecting onto and intersecting with hyperplanes, and/or altering the distribution of the secret vector. Our main contribution is to propose a toolbox and a methodology to integrate such hints into lattice reduction attacks and to predict the performance of those lattice attacks with side information. While initially designed for side-channel information, our framework can also be used in other cases: exploiting decryption failures, or simply exploiting constraints imposed by certain schemes (LAC, Round5, NTRU). We implement a Sage 9.0 toolkit to actually mount such attacks with hints when computationally feasible, and to predict their performances on larger instances. We provide several end-to-end application examples, such as an improvement of a single trace attack on Frodo by Bos et al (SAC 2018). In particular, our work can estimates security loss even given very little side information, leading to a smooth measurement/computation trade-off for side-channel attacks.

Note: Revision note: - adding a discussion about extreme hints

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Public-key cryptography
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A minor revision of an IACR publication in CRYPTO 2020
LWE NTRU Lattice reduction Cryptanalysis Side-channels analysis decryption failures.
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danadach @ ece umd edu
gong @ cs umd edu
melissa rossi @ ens fr
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      author = {Dana Dachman-Soled and Léo Ducas and Huijing Gong and Mélissa Rossi},
      title = {LWE with Side Information: Attacks and Concrete Security Estimation},
      howpublished = {Cryptology ePrint Archive, Paper 2020/292},
      year = {2020},
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