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The authors provide a functional encryption system that supports functionality for regular languages. In their system a secret key is associated with a Deterministic Finite Automata (DFA) M. A ciphertext CT encrypts a message m and is associated with an arbitrary length string w. A user is able to decrypt the ciphertext CT if and only if the DFA M associated with his private key accepts the string w. Compared with other known functional encryption systems, this is the first system where the functionality is capable of recognizing an unbounded language. For example, in (Key-Policy) Attribute-Based Encryption (ABE) a private key SK is associated with a single boolean formula which operates over a fixed number of boolean variables from the ciphertext.
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