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On a Dual/Hybrid Approach to Small Secret LWE

A Dual/Enumeration Technique for Learning with Errors and Application to Security Estimates of FHE Schemes

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In this paper, we investigate the security of the Learning With Error (LWE) problem with small secrets by refining and improving the so-called dual lattice attack. More precisely, we use the dual attack on a projected sublattice, which allows generating instances of the LWE problem with a slightly bigger noise that correspond to a fraction of the secret key. Then, we search for the fraction of the secret key by computing the corresponding noise for each candidate using the newly constructed LWE samples. As secrets are small, we can perform the search step very efficiently by exploiting the recursive structure of the search space. This approach offers a trade-off between the cost of lattice reduction and the complexity of the search part which allows to speed up the attack. Besides, we aim at providing a sound and non-asymptotic analysis of the techniques to enable its use for practical selection of security parameters. As an application, we revisit the security estimates of some fully homomorphic encryption schemes, including the Fast Fully Homomorphic Encryption scheme over the Torus (TFHE) which is one of the fastest homomorphic encryption schemes based on the (Ring-)LWE problem. We provide an estimate of the complexity of our method for various parameters under three different cost models for lattice reduction and show that the security level of the TFHE scheme should be re-evaluated according to the proposed improvement (for at least 7 bits for the most recent update of the parameters that are used in the implementation).

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Notes

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    We point out that this attack is slightly more subtle than the vanilla dual technique, as it encompasses a continuous relaxation of the lazy modulus switching technique of [Alb17].

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    Up to our knowledge previous analyses rely on instantiation of asymptotic inequalities and overlook the practical applicability.

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We thank the anonymous reviewers for valuable comments on this work, as well as Alexandre Wallet and Paul Kirchner for interesting discussions.

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Espitau, T., Joux, A., Kharchenko, N. (2020). On a Dual/Hybrid Approach to Small Secret LWE. In: Bhargavan, K., Oswald, E., Prabhakaran, M. (eds) Progress in Cryptology – INDOCRYPT 2020. INDOCRYPT 2020. Lecture Notes in Computer Science(), vol 12578. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-65277-7_20

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