[Resource Topic] 2018/268: Perfectly Secure Oblivious RAM with Sublinear Bandwidth Overhead

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Perfectly Secure Oblivious RAM with Sublinear Bandwidth Overhead

Authors: Michael Raskin, Mark Simkin


Oblivious RAM (ORAM) has established itself as a fundamental cryptographic building block. Understanding which bandwidth overheads are possible under which assumptions has been the topic of a vast amount of previous works. In this work, we focus on perfectly secure ORAM and we present the first construction with sublinear bandwidth overhead in the worst-case. All prior constructions with perfect security require linear communication overhead in the worst-case and only achieve sublinear bandwidth overheads in the amortized sense. We present a fundamentally new approach for construction ORAM and our results significantly advance our understanding of what is possible with perfect security. Our main construction, Lookahead ORAM, is perfectly secure, has a worst-case bandwidth overhead of \mathcal{O}(\sqrt{n}), and a total storage cost of \mathcal{O}(n) on the server-side, where n is the maximum number of stored data elements. In terms of concrete server-side storage costs, our construction has the smallest storage overhead among all perfectly and statistically secure ORAMs and is only a factor 3 worse than the most storage efficient computationally secure ORAM. Assuming a client-side position map, our construction is the first, among all ORAMs with worst-case sublinear overhead, that allows for a \mathcal{O}(1) online bandwidth overhead without server-side computation. Along the way, we construct a conceptually extremely simple statistically secure ORAM with a worst-case bandwidth overhead of \mathcal{O}(\sqrt{n}\frac{\log{n}}{\log{\log{n}}}), which may be of independent interest.

ePrint: https://eprint.iacr.org/2018/268

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