Advances in Cryptology - CRYPTO 2009

Volume 5677 of the series Lecture Notes in Computer Science pp 654-670

Short and Stateless Signatures from the RSA Assumption

  • Susan HohenbergerAffiliated withJohns Hopkins University
  • , Brent WatersAffiliated withUniversity of Texas at Austin


We present the first signature scheme which is “short”, stateless and secure under the RSA assumption in the standard model. Prior short, standard model signatures in the RSA setting required either a strong complexity assumption such as Strong RSA or (recently) that the signer maintain state. A signature in our scheme is comprised of one element in \({\mathcal {Z}{^*}_{N}}\) and one integer. The public key is also short, requiring only the modulus N, one element of \({\mathcal {Z}{^*}_{N}}\), one integer and one PRF seed.

To design our signature, we employ the known generic construction of fully-secure signatures from weakly-secure signatures and a chameleon hash. We then introduce a new proof technique for reasoning about weakly-secure signatures. This technique enables the simulator to predict a prefix of the message on which the adversary will forge and to use knowledge of this prefix to embed the challenge. This technique has wider applications beyond RSA.

We use it to provide an entirely new analysis of the security of the Waters signatures: the only short, stateless signatures known to be secure under the Computational Diffie-Hellman assumption in the standard model.