Cryptography and Information Security

Cryptography and information security





Cryptography and Information Security seek at building tools that enable to secure data and to communicate in a reliable, fair, and private way. Over thirty researchers are active in this field.

Principal Investigators :

Axel Legay, Olivier Pereira, Etienne Rivière, Ramin Sadre, François-Xavier Standaert, Luc Vandendorpe

Research Labs :

Crypto Group, Cloud and Large Scale computing group, Image and Signal Processing Group (ISPGroup), Security and Performance of Networked Systems Group

Research Areas :

The research expertise at UCL, strong of over 30 researchers, covers the various layers of cryptography and its application to information security, namely:

  • Design and analysis of strong security protocols: authentication, multiparty computation, voting, provable security, evaluations, ...;
  • Design and analysis of efficient and secure cryptographic primitives symmetric and asymmetric encryption, digital signatures, ... ;
  • Efficient implementations of cryptographic primitives under various environmental constraints, both in software and hardware smart card, RFID, FPGA, ASIC, sensor networks, ...;
  • Implementation-related attacks (fault injection, side-channel) and countermeasures (distance-bounding protocols, masking, ...);
  • Practical attacks against security applications: time-memory tradeoff, biometric passport, ...;
  • Security from the physical layer: information theoretic cryptography, cooperative communications, ...;
  • Algebra: number theory, algebraic geometry, quadratic forms, algebras over arbitrary fields, ...;
  • Privacy-related issues at all levels ;
  • Computer security: viruses, spam, distributed attacks, wireless networks, ...

Most recent publications

Below are listed the 10 most recent journal articles and conference papers produced in this research area. You also can access all publications by following this link : see all publications.

Journal Articles

1. Levi, Itamar; Bellizia, Davide; Standaert, François-Xavier. Reducing a Masked Implementation’s Effective Security Order with Setup Manipulations. In: IACR Transactions on Cryptographic Hardware and Embedded Systems, Vol. 2019, no.2, p. 293-317 (2019). doi:10.13154/tches.v2019.i2.293-317.

2. Bronchain, Olivier; Schneider, Tobias; Standaert, François-Xavier. Multi-Tuple Leakage Detection and the Dependent Signal Issue. In: IACR Transactions on Cryptographic Hardware and Embedded Systems, Vol. 2019, no.2, p. 318-345 (2019). doi:10.13154/tches.v2019.i2.318-345.

3. Moos, Thorben; Moradi, Amir; Schneider, Tobias; Standaert, François-Xavier. Glitch-Resistant Masking Revisited or Why Proofs in the Robust Probing Model are Needed. In: IACR Transactions on Cryptographic Hardware and Embedded Systems, Vol. 2019, no.2, p. 256-292 (2019). doi:10.13154/tches.v2019.i2.256-292.

4. Duc, Alexandre; Faust, Sebastian; Standaert, François-Xavier. Making Masking Security Proofs Concrete. Or How to Evaluate the Security of any Leaking Device -Extended Version-. In: Journal of Cryptology, Vol. 32, no.4, p. 1263-1297 (2019). doi:10.1007/s00145-018-9277-0.

5. Moradi, Amir; Richter, Bastian; Schneider, Tobias; Standaert, François-Xavier. Leakage detection with the X²-Test. In: IACR Transactions on Cryptographic Hardware and Embedded Systems, Vol. 2018, no.1, p. 209-237. doi:10.13154/tches.v2018.i1.209-237.

6. Kamel, Dina; Standaert, François-Xavier; Duc, Alexandre; Flandre, Denis; Berti, Francesco. Learning with Physical Noise or Errors. In: IEEE Transaction on Dependable and Secure Computing, , p. 14 (2018).

7. Rochet, Florentin; Pereira, Olivier. Waterfilling: Balancing the Tor network with maximum diversity. In: PoPETS "Proceedings on Privacy Enhancing Technologies", Vol. 2, p. 4-22 (2017). doi:10.1515/popets-2017-0013.

8. Durvaux, François; Standaert, François-Xavier; Merino Del Pozo, Santos. Towards Easy Leakage Certification. In: Journal of Cryptographic Engineering, Vol. 7, no.2, p. 12-147 (17/05/2017). doi:10.1007/s13389-017-0150-0.

9. Journault, Anthony; Standaert, François-Xavier; Varici, Kerem. Improving the security and efficiency of block ciphers based on LS-designs. In: Designs, Codes and Cryptography, Vol. 82, no.1-2, p. 495-509 (09/01/2017). doi:10.1007/s10623-016-0193-8.

10. Zhang, Fan; Guo, Shize; Zhao, Xinjie; Wang, Tao; Yang, Jian; Standaert, François-Xavier. A Framework for the Analysis and Evaluation of Algebraic Fault Attacks on Lightweight Block Ciphers. In: IEEE Transactions on Information Forensics and Security, Vol. 11, no.5, p. 1039-1054 (2016). doi:10.1109/TIFS.2016.2516905.

Conference Papers

1. Haines, Thomas; Lewis, Sarah Jamie; Pereira, Olivier; Teague, Vanessa. How not to prove your election outcome. In: 2020 {IEEE} Symposium on Security and Privacy, SP 2020, 2020.

2. Ramchen, Kim; Culnane, Chris; Pereira, Olivier; Teague, Vanessa. Universally Verifiable MPC and IRV Ballot Counting. In: Proceedings of the 2019 International Conference on Financial Cryptography and Data Security (Lecture Notes in Computer Science), Springer: Heidelberg, 2019, 978-3-030-32100-0, p. 301-319. doi:10.1007/978-3-030-32101-7_19.

3. Pereira, Olivier; Ronne, Peter B.. End-to-End Verifiable Quadratic Voting with Everlasting Privacy. In: Lecture Notes in Computer Science. (2019). Springer: Heidelberg, 2019.

4. Standaert, François-Xavier. How (not) to Use Welch’s T-test in Side-Channel Security Evaluations. In: Lecture Notes in Computational Science and Engineering. Vol. 11389, p. 65-79 (2019). Springer: Heidelberg, 2018. doi:10.1007/978-3-030-15462-2\_5.

5. Bronchain, Olivier; Dassy, Louis; Faust, Sebastian; Standaert, François-Xavier. Implementing Trojan-Resilient Hardware from(Mostly) Untrusted Components Designed by Colluding Manufacturers. In: Proceedings of the 2018 Workshop on Attacks and Solutions in Hardware Security (ASHES@CCS 2018), Chip-Hong Chip, Ulrich Rührmair, Daniel Holcomb, Jorge Guajardo, 2018, 978-1-4503-5996-2, 1-10. doi:10.1145/3266444.3266447.

6. Goudarzi, Dahmun; Journault, Anthony; Rivain, Matthieu; Standaert, François-Xavier. Secure Multiplication for Bitslice Higher-Order - Masking: Optimisation and Comparison. In: Lecture Notes in Computer Science. Vol. 10815, p. 3-22 (2018). Junfeng Fan, Benedikt Gierlichs, 2018. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-89641-0_1.

7. Grosso, Vincent; Standaert, François-Xavier. Masking Proofs are Tight and How to Exploit it in Security Evaluations. In: Proceedings of EUROCRYPT 2018 (Lecture Notes in Computer Science), Jesper Buus Nielsen, Vincent Rijmen, 2018, 978-3-319-78374-1, p. 385-412. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-78375-8_13.

8. Berti, Francesco; Koeune, François; Pereira, Olivier; Peters, Thomas; Standaert, François-Xavier. Ciphertext Integrity with Misuse and Leakage: Definition and Efficient Constructions with Symmetric Primitives. In: Asia-CCS 2018. In: Proceedings of the 2018 on Asia Conference on Computer and Communications Security, Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), 2018, p. 37-50. doi:10.1145/3196494.3196525.

9. Rochet, Florentin; Pereira, Olivier; Wiedling, Cyrille. Formal Analysis of the FIDO 1.x Protocol. In: Lecture Notes in Computer Science. no.10723, p. 68-83 (2017). Springer, 2017. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-75650-9_5.

10. Balasch, Josep; Faust, Sebastian; Gierlichs, Benedikt; Paglialonga, Clara; Standaert, François-Xavier. Consolidating Inner Product Masking. In: Proceedings of EUROCRYPT 2017 (Lecture Notes in Computer Science), Springer, 2017, 978-3-319-66786-7, p. 724-754. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-66787-4_26.