Replay Attacks That Violate Ballot Secrecy in Helios

Provided by: toshiaki nakanishi
Topic: Security
Format: PDF
Helios 2.0 is a web-based end-to-end verifiable electronic voting system, suitable for use in low-coercion environments. In this paper, the authors identify a vulnerability in Helios which allows an adversary to compromise the privacy of voters whom cast abstention votes. The vulnerability can be attributed to the absence of ballot independence and the use of homomorphic ElGamal encryption, in particular, these properties can be exploited by an adversary to construct a ballot related to an abstention vote cast by an honest voter and this ballot can be submitted by a corrupt voter to influence the election outcome, thereby introducing information that can be used to violate privacy. They demonstrate the attack by breaking privacy in a mock election using the current Helios implementation.

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