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AB - Memory-hard functions (MHFs) are hash algorithms whose evaluation cost is dominated by memory cost. As memory, unlike computation, costs about the same across different platforms, MHFs cannot be evaluated at significantly lower cost on dedicated hardware like ASICs. MHFs have found widespread applications including password hashing, key derivation, and proofs-of-work. This paper focuses on scrypt, a simple candidate MHF designed by Percival, and described in RFC 7914. It has been used within a number of cryptocurrencies (e.g., Litecoin and Dogecoin) and has been an inspiration for Argon2d, one of the winners of the recent password-hashing competition. Despite its popularity, no rigorous lower bounds on its memory complexity are known. We prove that scrypt is optimally memory-hard, i.e., its cumulative memory complexity (cmc) in the parallel random oracle model is Ω(n2w), where w and n are the output length and number of invocations of the underlying hash function, respectively. High cmc is a strong security target for MHFs introduced by Alwen and Serbinenko (STOC’15) which implies high memory cost even for adversaries who can amortize the cost over many evaluations and evaluate the underlying hash functions many times in parallel. Our proof is the first showing optimal memory-hardness for any MHF. Our result improves both quantitatively and qualitatively upon the recent work by Alwen et al. (EUROCRYPT’16) who proved a weaker lower bound of Ω(n2w/ log2 n) for a restricted class of adversaries.
AU - Alwen, Joel F
AU - Chen, Binchi
AU - Pietrzak, Krzysztof Z
AU - Reyzin, Leonid
AU - Tessaro, Stefano
ED - Coron, Jean-Sébastien
ED - Buus Nielsen, Jesper
ID - 635
SN - 978-331956616-0
TI - Scrypt is maximally memory hard
VL - 10212
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AB - Data-independent Memory Hard Functions (iMHFS) are finding a growing number of applications in security; especially in the domain of password hashing. An important property of a concrete iMHF is specified by fixing a directed acyclic graph (DAG) Gn on n nodes. The quality of that iMHF is then captured by the following two pebbling complexities of Gn: – The parallel cumulative pebbling complexity Π∥cc(Gn) must be as high as possible (to ensure that the amortized cost of computing the function on dedicated hardware is dominated by the cost of memory). – The sequential space-time pebbling complexity Πst(Gn) should be as close as possible to Π∥cc(Gn) (to ensure that using many cores in parallel and amortizing over many instances does not give much of an advantage). In this paper we construct a family of DAGs with best possible parameters in an asymptotic sense, i.e., where Π∥cc(Gn) = Ω(n2/ log(n)) (which matches a known upper bound) and Πst(Gn) is within a constant factor of Π∥cc(Gn). Our analysis relies on a new connection between the pebbling complexity of a DAG and its depth-robustness (DR) – a well studied combinatorial property. We show that high DR is sufficient for high Π∥cc. Alwen and Blocki (CRYPTO’16) showed that high DR is necessary and so, together, these results fully characterize DAGs with high Π∥cc in terms of DR. Complementing these results, we provide new upper and lower bounds on the Π∥cc of several important candidate iMHFs from the literature. We give the first lower bounds on the memory hardness of the Catena and Balloon Hashing functions in a parallel model of computation and we give the first lower bounds of any kind for (a version) of Argon2i. Finally we describe a new class of pebbling attacks improving on those of Alwen and Blocki (CRYPTO’16). By instantiating these attacks we upperbound the Π∥cc of the Password Hashing Competition winner Argon2i and one of the Balloon Hashing functions by O (n1.71). We also show an upper bound of O(n1.625) for the Catena functions and the two remaining Balloon Hashing functions.
AU - Alwen, Joel F
AU - Blocki, Jeremiah
AU - Pietrzak, Krzysztof Z
ED - Coron, Jean-Sébastien
ED - Buus Nielsen, Jesper
ID - 640
SN - 978-331956616-0
TI - Depth-robust graphs and their cumulative memory complexity
VL - 10212
ER -