International Association for Cryptologic Research

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Paper: On Security of Sovereign Joins

Einar Mykletun
Gene Tsudik
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Abstract: The goal of a sovereign join operation is to compute a query across independent database relations such that nothing beyond the join results is revealed. Each relation involved in a sovereign join is owned by a distinct entity and the party posing the query is distinct from the relation owners; it is not permitted to access the original relations. One notable recent research result proposed a secure technique for executing sovereign joins. It entails data owners sending their relations to an independent database service provider which executes a sovereign join with the aid of a tamper-resistant secure coprocessor. This achieves the goal of preventing information leakage during query execution. However, as we show in this paper, the proposed technique is actually insecure as it fails to prevent an attacker from learning the query results. We also suggest some measures to remedy the security problems.
  title={On Security of Sovereign Joins},
  booktitle={IACR Eprint archive},
  keywords={applications / applications, information hiding},
  note={ 13453 received 1 Nov 2006},
  author={Einar Mykletun and Gene Tsudik},