Cryptology ePrint Archive: Report 2012/045

Signature Schemes Secure against Hard-to-Invert Leakage

Sebastian Faust and Carmit Hazay and Jesper Buus Nielsen and Peter Sebastian Nordholt and Angela Zottarel

Abstract: Side-channel attacks allow the adversary to gain partial knowledge of the secret key when cryptographic protocols are implemented in real-world hardware. The goal of leakage resilient cryptography is to design crytosystems that withstand such attacks. In the auxiliary input model an adversary is allowed to see a computationally hard-to-invert function of the secret key. The auxiliary input model weakens the bounded leakage assumption commonly made in leakage resilient cryptography as the hard-to-invert function may information-theoretically reveal the entire secret key.

In this work, we propose the first constructions of digital signature schemes that are secure in the auxiliary input model. Our main contribution is a digital signature scheme that is secure against chosen message attacks when given any exponentially hard-to-invert function of the secret key. As a second contribution, we construct a signature scheme that achieves security for random messages assuming that the adversary is given a polynomial-time hard-to-invert function (where both the challenge as well as the signatures seen prior to that are computed on random messages). Here, polynomial-hardness is required even when given the entire public-key. We further show that such signature schemes readily give us auxiliary input secure identification schemes.

Category / Keywords: public-key cryptography / leakage, auxiliary input, signature

Date: received 30 Jan 2012, last revised 28 Jan 2015

Contact author: carmit hazay at biu ac il

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