On the Security of the Schnorr Scheme using Preprocessing

Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 547)


In this paper, it is shown that the Schnorr scheme with preprocessing as proposed in [4] leaks too much information. An attack based on this information leakage is presented that retrieves the secret key. The complexity of this attack is upper bounded by 2k·k 3(d−2) steps, and the expected required number of signatures is less than 2k·(k/2)d−2, where k is a security parameter. This complexity is significantly lower than the k k(d−2) steps, conjectured in [4]. For example, for the security parameters that are proposed in [4], the secret key can on average be found in 237.5 steps, instead of in 272 steps. This shows that it is inevitable to either modify the preprocessing algorithm, or choose the values of the security parameters larger than proposed in [4].

Finally, we briefly discuss the possibility of averting the proposed attack by modifying the preprocessing algorithm.


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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1991

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.PTT ResearchLeidschendamThe Netherlands

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