In the present paper we argument that the problem has many natural solutions within the framework of the multivariate cryptography. First of all it seems that virtually any non-injective multivariate public key is inherently unusable for encryption.
Unfortunately having a lot of leakage is inherent to multivariate cryptosystems. Though it may appear hopeless at the first sight, we use this very property to remove leakage. In our new scenario the Certification Authority (CA) makes extensive modifications of the public key such that the user can still use the internal trapdoor, but has no control on any publicly verifiable property of the actual public key equations published by CA. Thus we propose a very large class of multivariate non-encryption PKI schemes with many parameters $q,d,h,v,r,u,f,D$.
The paper is also of independent interest, as it contains all variants of the HFE trapdoor public key cryptosystem. We give numerous and precise security claims that HFE achieves or appears to achieve and establish some provable security relationships.
Category / Keywords: public-key cryptography / Hidden Field Equations, HFE problem, HFEv-, Quartz, escrowed cryptography, short signatures, exportable cryptography Date: received 4 Apr 2001 Contact author: courtois at minrank org Available format(s): Postscript (PS) | Compressed Postscript (PS.GZ) | PDF | BibTeX Citation Version: 20010404:234220 (All versions of this report) Discussion forum: Show discussion | Start new discussion