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AG Codes and Kryptographie

Open Theses

If you are interested in writing a thesis but none of the listed topics fits please write us to discuss additional topics.

Master's theses

Improving features of anonymous communication

Many cryptographic systems, such as group signatures, have built-in privacy. For group signatures, this means that no polynomial-time adversary can, given a signature, find out who signed it (he only learns that some member of the group signed the message). In practice, the great measure of anonymity is diminished when used over the internet: if A sends an anonymous signature to B, then the signature itself does not reveal A's identity, but the IP address within the TCP packet does.

Using an anonymous communication system, a set of parties can communicate anonymously, i.e. the receiver of a message does not learn who sent it and the sender of a message only knows the receiver under some pseudonym. Today this is usually done using TOR. Recent research culminated in a new system that is based on trusted execution environments (such as Intel's SGX) and offers a much higher degree of security than TOR and other such schemes.

We suggest several possible extensions to this system:

  • Revocation of pseudonyms (using, for example, Bloom filters)
  • Efficiency improvements using network coding
  • Allow nodes to dynamically join or leave the system
  • ...

The thesis should deal with (some of) these extensions. Optionally, these ideas can be implemented into our existing prototype implementation (using the SGX SDK, language is C++).
There are initial ideas how to realize them, but there is lots of space for new ideas. The original construction uses ideas from both cryptography and overlay networks and is a nice application of both.

Bachelor's theses

Analyzing real-world applications of secure MPC protocols

A recent case study ( ) considers the usage of multiparty computation (MPC) protocols in real-world applications. In short, MPC protocols aim at enabling several parties to jointly evaluate a given function based on their private input data. In cryptography, protocols are usually considered secure when nothing beyond the function's results is leaked during an execution. Security models vary in the capacities of adversaries, e.g. ranging from eavesdropping to completely corrupting and controlling a certain number or fraction of the executing parties. There exist several fundamental protocols which are applicable to any given (computable) function achieving different levels of security. However, their efficiency is too low for real-world applications.

To match the real-world constraints, special MPC protocols and compositions thereof have been designed for certain use cases. The authors, which also participated in the construction of the 4 considered products, only sketch their used techniques, matched (or at least desired) security properties and performance. Interesting questions to be answered within a thesis, for example, are:

  • Which security models underly the products?
  • How do two similar products compare to each other (in terms of performance, functionality, "security", ...)?
  • Have security properties been weakened for the sake of efficiency? If yes, where and why? 
  • How applicable are these products in reality, e.g. considering performance and usability? Are there other interesting products based on MPC protocols used in the wild?
  • ...

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