Cryptology ePrint Archive: Report 2009/421
How to Construct Identity-Based Signatures without the Key Escrow Problem
Tsz Hon Yuen and Willy Susilo and Yi Mu
Abstract: The inherent key escrow problem is one of the main reasons for the
slow adoption of identity-based cryptography. The existing solution for mitigating the key escrow problem is by adopting multiple Private Key Generators (PKGs). Recently, there was a proposal that attempted to reduce the trust of the PKG by allowing a malicious PKG to be caught if he reveals the user's identity-based secret key illegally. Nonetheless, the proposal does not consider that the PKG can simply decrypt the ciphertext instead of revealing the secret key itself (in the case of identity-based encryption schemes).
The aim of this paper is to present an escrow-free identity-based signature (IBS) scheme, in which the malicious PKG will be caught if it releases a signature on behalf of the user but signed by itself. We present a formal model to capture such a scheme and provide a concrete construction.
Category / Keywords: public-key cryptography / Identity-based signature, key escrow
Publication Info: This is the full version of the paper in EuroPKI 2009.
Date: received 31 Aug 2009, last revised 24 Sep 2009
Contact author: thy738 at uow edu au
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