Journal of Cryptology

A forward-secure public-key encryption scheme

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Cryptographic computations are often carried out on insecure devices for which the threat of key exposure represents a serious concern. Forward security allows one to mitigate the damage caused by exposure of secret keys. In a forward-secure scheme, secret keys are updated at regular periods of time; exposure of the secret key corresponding to a given time period does not enable an adversary to "break" the scheme (in the appropriate sense) for any prior time period. We present the first constructions of (non-interactive) forward-secure public-key encryption schemes. Our main construction achieves security against chosen-plaintext attacks in the standard model, and all parameters of the scheme are poly-logarithmic in the total number of time periods. Some variants and extensions of this scheme are also given. We also introduce the notion of binary tree encryption and construct a binary tree encryption scheme in the standard model. Our construction implies the first hierarchical identity-based encryption scheme in the standard model. (The notion of security we achieve, however, is slightly weaker than that achieved by some previous constructions in the random oracle model.) © 2007 International Association for Cryptologic Research.



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