Adaptive Pseudo-free Groups and Applications
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- Catalano D., Fiore D., Warinschi B. (2011) Adaptive Pseudo-free Groups and Applications. In: Paterson K.G. (eds) Advances in Cryptology – EUROCRYPT 2011. EUROCRYPT 2011. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 6632. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
In this paper we explore a powerful extension of the notion of pseudo-free groups, proposed by Rivest at TCC 2004. We identify, motivate, and study pseudo-freeness in face of adaptive adversaries who may learn solutions to other non-trivial equations before having to solve a new non-trivial equation.
We present a novel, carefully crafted definition of adaptive pseudo-freeness that walks a fine line between being too weak and being unsatisfiable. We show that groups that satisfy our definition yield, via a generic construction, digital and network coding signature schemes.
Finally, we obtain concrete constructions of such schemes in the RSA group by showing this group to be adaptive pseudo-free. In particular, we demonstrate the generality of our framework for signatures by showing that most existing schemes are instantiations of our generic construction.