Cryptology ePrint Archive: Report 2021/1183

ZkAttest: Ring and Group Signatures on top of existing ECDSA keys

Armando Faz-Hernández and Watson Ladd and Deepak Maram

Abstract: Cryptographic keys are increasingly stored in dedicated hardware or behind software interfaces. Doing so limits access, such as permitting only signing via ECDSA. This makes using them in existing ring and group signature schemes impossible as these schemes assume the ability to access the private key for other operations. We present a Σ-protocol that uses a committed public key to verify an ECDSA or Schnorr signature on a message, without revealing the public key. We then discuss how this protocol may be used to derive ring signatures in combination with Groth–Kohlweiss membership proofs and other applications. This scheme has been implemented and source code is freely available.

Category / Keywords: public-key cryptography / ring signature, zero knowledge, applications

Original Publication (in the same form): SAC2021

Date: received 14 Sep 2021

Contact author: watson at cloudflare com

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Version: 20210914:180634 (All versions of this report)

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