Concretely, we present three methods generally based on what we call Parallel, Sequential, and eXtended sequential Padding schemes (P-Pad, S-Pad, X-Pad). P-Pad offers parallel "signing" and "encrypting", optimal exact security, and minimum ciphertext length twice as long as the length of a TDP , while still maintaining optimal bandwidth. S-Pad loses parallelism and some exact security, but has minimal ciphertext length equal to that of a TDP. Any S-Pad can also be used as a "universal padding" scheme. X-Pad is similar to S-Pad, but regains optimal exact security at the expense of a marginally-longer minimum ciphertext length. Moreover, to unify various padding options, we construct a single versatile padding scheme PSEP (Probabilistic Signature-Encryption Padding) which, by simply adjusting the lengths of the parameters, can work optimally as either a P-Pad, S-Pad or X-Pad.
Category / Keywords: public-key cryptography / Signcryption, universal padding schemes, Feistel Transform, extractable commitments Date: received 28 Jan 2004, last revised 28 Jan 2004 Contact author: padding at scs cs nyu edu Available format(s): Postscript (PS) | Compressed Postscript (PS.GZ) | PDF | BibTeX Citation Version: 20040201:185417 (All versions of this report) Discussion forum: Show discussion | Start new discussion