Affiliation: Stanford University
Hierarchical Identity Based Encryption with Constant Size Ciphertext
We present a Hierarchical Identity Based Encryption (HIBE) system where the ciphertext consists of just three group elements and decryption requires only two bilinear map computations, independent of the hierarchy depth. Encryption is as efficient as in other HIBE systems. We prove that the scheme is selective-ID secure in the standard model and fully secure in the random oracle model. Our system has a number of applications: it gives very efficient forward secure public key and identity based cryptosystems (where ciph ertexts are short), it converts the NNL broadcast encryption system into an efficient public key broadcast system, and it provides an efficient mechanism for encrypting to the future. The system also supports limited delegation where users can be given restricted private keys that only allow delegation to certain descendants. Sublinear size private keys can also be achieved at the expense of some ciphertext expansion.
A secure index is a data structure that allows a querier with a ``trapdoor'' for a word x to test in O(1) time only if the index contains x; The index reveals no information about its contents without valid trapdoors, and trapdoors can only be generated with a secret key. Secure indexes are a natural extension of the problem of constructing data structures with privacy guarantees such as those provided by oblivious and history independent data structures. In this paper, we formally define a secure index and formulate a security model for indexes known as semantic security against adaptive chosen keyword attack (IND-CKA). We also develop an efficient IND-CKA secure index construction called Z-IDX using pseudo-random functions and Bloom filters, and show how to use Z-IDX to implement searches on encrypted data. This search scheme is the most efficient encrypted data search scheme currently known; It provides O(1) search time per document, and handles compressed data, variable length words, and boolean and certain regular expression queries. The techniques developed in this paper can also be used to build encrypted searchable audit logs, private database query schemes, accumulated hashing schemes, and secure set membership tests.