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Optimal Security Notion for Decentralized Multi-Client Functional Encryption

Abstract

Research on (Decentralized) Multi-Client Functional Encryption (or (D)MCFE) is very active, with interesting constructions, especially for the class of inner products. However, the security notions have been evolving over the time. While the target of the adversary in distinguishing ciphertexts is clear, legitimate scenarios that do not consist of trivial attacks on the functionality are less obvious. In this paper, we wonder whether only trivial attacks are excluded from previous security games. And, unfortunately, this was not the case. We then propose a stronger security notion, with a large definition of admissible attacks, and prove it is optimal: any extension of the set of admissible attacks is actually a trivial attack on the functionality, and not against the specific scheme. In addition, we show that all the previous constructions are insecure w.r.t. this new security notion. Eventually, we propose new DMCFE schemes for the class of inner products that provide the new features and achieve this stronger security notion.
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hal-04194145 , version 1 (02-09-2023)

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Ky Nguyen, Duong Hieu Phan, David Pointcheval. Optimal Security Notion for Decentralized Multi-Client Functional Encryption. Applied Cryptography and Network Security. ACNS 2023, Jun 2023, Kyoto, Japan. pp.336-365, ⟨10.1007/978-3-031-33491-7_13⟩. ⟨hal-04194145⟩
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