Paper 2001/082

A Description of Protocols for Private Credentials

Ariel Glenn, Ian Goldberg, Frédéric Légaré, and Anton Stiglic


This document provides a short description of practical protocols for private credential systems. We explain the basic concepts and mechanisms behind issuing and showing of private credentials and e-cash. The goal is to describe concisely how practical private credential systems can be achieved and not to provide intuition or motivation for the technology; for information on these subjects, see [1,2,3]. We give the details of one specific type of practical protocols for private credentials; other choices of functionalities and optimizations are possible. The reader is assumed to have general knowledge of basic concepts of cryptography such as the Discrete Logarithm problem, basic group theory and hash functions. For security proofs and more elaborate descriptions of the techniques used we refer the reader to [2].

Note: manuscript useful for someone who would want to implement private credential systems, have an idea of how they work (operations and communication involved, etc...)

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Cryptographic protocols
Publication info
Published elsewhere. Unknown where it was published
anonymitye-cashprivate credential
Contact author(s)
astiglic @ okiok com
2001-10-05: received
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      title = {A Description of Protocols for Private Credentials},
      howpublished = {Cryptology ePrint Archive, Paper 2001/082},
      year = {2001},
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