Cryptology ePrint Archive: Report 2014/311

Exponent-inversion Signatures and IBE under Static Assumptions

Tsz Hon Yuen and Sherman S.M. Chow and Cong Zhang and Siu Ming Yiu

Abstract: Boneh-Boyen signatures are widely used in many advanced cryptosystems. It has a structure of ``inversion in the exponent", and its unforgeability against $q$ chosen-messages attack is proven under the non-static $q$-Strong Diffie-Hellman assumption. It has been an open problem whether the exponent-inversion signature, and its various applications, can be proved based on a weaker static assumption.

We propose a dual-form Boneh-Boyen signature and demonstrate how to prove the security for the exponent-inversion signature structure in the standard model under static assumptions. We apply our proof technique to a number of related cryptosystems employing similar structure, including anonymous credentials, identity-based encryption (IBE) and accountable authority IBE. Our results give the first exponent-inversion IBE in the standard model under static assumption. Our anonymous credentials and accountable authority IBE are also better than existing schemes in terms of both security and efficiency.

Category / Keywords: public-key cryptography / Dual form signature, Identity-based encryption, Exponent inversion, Strong Diffie-Hellman, Anonymous credentials, Black-box accountability

Date: received 30 Apr 2014

Contact author: johnyuenhk at gmail com, czhang2@cs hku hk, sherman@ie cuhk edu hk

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