Paper 2013/757

Practical Signatures from the Partial Fourier Recovery Problem

Jeff Hoffstein, Jill Pipher, John Schanck, Joseph H. Silverman, and William Whyte


Abstract. We present PASSSign, a variant of the prior PASS and PASS-2 proposals, as a candidate for a practical post-quantum signature scheme. Its hardness is based on the problem of recovering a ring element with small norm from an incomplete description of its Chinese remainder representation. For our particular instantiation, this corresponds to the recovery of a signal with small infinity norm from a limited set of its Fourier coefficients. The key improvement over previous versions of PASS is the introduction of a rejection sampling technique from Lyubashevsky (2009) which assures that transcript distributions are completely decoupled from the keys that generate them. Although the scheme is not supported by a formal security reduction, we present extensive arguments for its security and derive concrete parameters based on the performance of state of the art lattice reduction and enumeration techniques.

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Public-key cryptography
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Preprint. MINOR revision.
lattice techniquesdigital signatures
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wwhyte @ securityinnovation com
2013-11-17: received
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      author = {Jeff Hoffstein and Jill Pipher and John Schanck and Joseph H.  Silverman and William Whyte},
      title = {Practical Signatures from the Partial Fourier Recovery Problem},
      howpublished = {Cryptology ePrint Archive, Paper 2013/757},
      year = {2013},
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