Symmetric Public-Key Encryption

Galil, Zvi; Landau, Gad M.; Yung, Moti

Public-key encryption would seem to be inherently asymmetric. in that only messages sent to a user can be encrypted using his public key. We demonstrate that the use of interactive protocols for sending encrypted messages enables a symmetric use of public keys; we give cryptographic protocols for the following tasks: 1. Probabilistic encryption, using the same public key, both of messages that are sent to a particular user as well as of messages that the user sends to others, without compromising the key. We propose a public-key cryptosystem based on these protocols which has only one key, owned by a cryptographic server. 2. Authentication both of the sender and of the receiver of a probabilistically encrypted message. 3. Probabilistic encryption which is provably secure against both chosen-message and chosen-ciphertext attack.



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Academic Units
Computer Science
Department of Computer Science, Columbia University
Columbia University Computer Science Technical Reports, CUCS-180-85
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November 1, 2011