Cryptology ePrint Archive: Report 2004/099

Secure Hashed Diffie-Hellman over Non-DDH Groups

Rosario Gennaro and Hugo Krawczyk and Tal Rabin

Abstract: We show that in applications that use the Diffie-Hellman (DH) transform but take care of hashing the DH output (as required, for example, for secure DH-based encryption and key exchange) the usual requirement to work over a DDH group (i.e., a group in which the Decisional Diffie-Hellman assumption holds) can be relaxed to only requiring that the DH group contains a large enough DDH subgroup. In particular, this implies the security of (hashed) Diffie-Hellman over non-prime order groups such as $Z_p^*$. Moreover, our results show that one can work directly over $Z_p^*$ without requiring any knowledge of the prime factorization of $p-1$ and without even having to find a generator of $Z_p^*$.

These results are obtained via a general characterization of DDH groups in terms of their DDH subgroups, and a relaxation (called $t$-DDH) of the DDH assumption via computational entropy. We also show that, under the short-exponent discrete-log assumption, the security of the hashed Diffie-Hellman transform is preserved when replacing full exponents with short exponents.

Category / Keywords: public-key cryptography / public-key cryptography, key management, discrete logarithm problem

Publication Info: Conference version in Eurocrypt'2004.

Date: received 29 Apr 2004, last revised 10 Jan 2006

Contact author: hugo at ee technion ac il

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