Cryptology ePrint Archive: Report 2004/038

Chameleon Hashing without Key Exposure

Xiaofeng Chen and Fangguo Zhang and Kwangjo Kim

Abstract: Chameleon signatures are based on well established hash-and-sign paradigm, where a \emph{chameleon hash function} is used to compute the cryptographic message digest. Chameleon signatures simultaneously provide the properties of non-repudiation and non-transferability for the signed message, $i.e.,$ the designated recipient is capable of verifying the validity of the signature, but cannot disclose the contents of the signed information to convince any third party without the signer's consent.

One disadvantage of the initial chameleon signature scheme is that signature forgery results in the signer recovering the recipient's trapdoor information, $i.e.,$ private key. Therefore, the signer can use this information to deny \emph{other} signatures given to the recipient. This creates a strong disincentive for the recipient to forge signatures, partially undermining the concept of non-transferability. In this paper, we firstly propose a chameleon hashing scheme in the gap Diffie-Hellman group to solve the problem of key exposure. We can prove that the recipient's trapdoor information will never be compromised under the assumption of Computation Diffie-Hellman Problem (CDHP) is intractable. Moreover, we use the proposed chameleon hashing scheme to design a chameleon signature scheme.

Category / Keywords: public-key cryptography / Chameleon hashing, Gap Diffie-Hellman group, Key exposure, Digital signatures.

Date: received 12 Feb 2004

Contact author: crazymount at icu ac kr

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