Fully Homomorphic Encryption Comes To Linux
Written by Kay Ewbank   
Friday, 31 July 2020

IBM has extended support for its Fully Homomorphic Encryption (FHE) toolkit to include Linux distributions for IBM Z and x86 architectures. The move follows the launch a few weeks ago for MacOS and iOS, FHE provides a way to carry out computations on encrypted data without it needing to be decrypted.

For normal encryption techniques, data can be encrypted at rest and in transit, but if you want to use it, it has to be decrypted, at which point it is exposed and vulnerable to attack.  Fully Homomorphic Encryption avoids this problem by providing a way to work with the encrypted data.

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The new FHE toolkit for Linux currently supports Ubuntu for IBM Z, and Ubuntu, Fedora, and CentOS for x86 platforms. IBM says experienced Docker developers can easily port this toolkit to their preferred distribution.

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As with the MacOS and the iOS toolkits, the Linux version includes a demo of a privacy preserving search against an encrypted database using the English names of countries and their capital cities across Europe. IBM has also added a second demonstration for the finance industry that lets developers can detect credit card fraud by applying neural network inference over fully homomorphic encrypted datasets and models. The neural network and dataset determine fraudulent activities based on anonymized transactions. IBM plans to add AI features to the toolkits in the future.

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More Information

FHE toolkit for Linux

IBM Research FHE Homepage

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