Cryptology ePrint Archive: Report 2007/376

An Efficient Range-Bounded Commitment Scheme

Zhengjun Cao

Abstract: Checking whether a committed integer lies in a specific interval has many cryptographic applications. In Eurocrypt'98, Chan et al. proposed an instantiation (CFT for short). Based on CFT, Boudot presented an efficient range-bounded commitment scheme in Eurocrypt'2000. Both CFT proof and Boudot proof are based on the encryption $E(x, r)=g^xh^r\ \mbox{mod}\ n$, where $n$ is an RSA modulus whose factorization is \textit{unknown} by the prover. They did not use a single base as usual. Thus an increase in cost occurs. In this paper we show that it suffices to adopt a single base. The cost of the improved Boudot proof is about half of that of the original scheme. Moreover, the key restriction in the original scheme, i.e., both the discrete logarithm of $g$ in base $h$ and the discrete logarithm of $h$ in base $g$ are unknown by the prover, which is a potential menace to the Boudot proof, is definitely removed.

Category / Keywords: cryptographic protocols / range-bounded commitment, knowledge of a discrete logarithm, zero-knowledge proof

Date: received 20 Sep 2007

Contact author: caozhj at shu edu cn

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