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Homomorphic Encryption

Overview#

Homomorphic Encryption is a form of encryption that allows computations to be carried out on ciphertext, which when applying decryption, matches the result of operations performed on the plaintext.

Homomorphic Encryption is sometimes a desirable feature in modern communication system architectures.

Homomorphic Encryption would allow the chaining together of different services without exposing the data to each of those services. For example, a chain of different services from different companies could calculate

  • the tax
  • the currency exchange rate
  • shipping
on a transaction without exposing the unencrypted data to each of those services.[1]

Homomorphic Encryption algorithms are malleable by design. This enables their use in cloud computing environment for ensuring the confidentiality of processed data. In addition the homomorphic property of various cryptosystems can be used to create many other secure systems, for example secure voting systems,[2] collision Resistance Hash Functions, private information retrieval schemes, and many more.

There are several partially homomorphic crypto-systems, and also a number of fully homomorphic crypto-systems.

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