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Paper accepted at PKC 2020

March 03, 2020 | 1 Minute Read

Recently a paper was accepted for publication at the 23rd IACR International Conference on Practice and Theory of Public-Key Cryptography - PKC 2020. More information can be found here and the abstract can be found below.


David Derler, Kai Samelin, Daniel Slamanig: Bringing Order to Chaos: The Case of Collision-Resistant Chameleon-Hashes. 23rd IACR International Conference on Practice and Theory of Public-Key Cryptography - PKC 2020, May 4-7 2020, Edinburgh, Scotland.

Abstract: Chameleon-hash functions, introduced by Krawczyk and Rabin at NDSS 2000, are trapdoor collision-resistant hash-functions parametrized by a public key. If the corresponding secret key is known, arbitrary collisions for the hash function can be efficiently found. Chameleon-hash functions have prominent applications in the design of cryptographic primitives, such as lifting non-adaptively secure signatures to adaptively secure ones. Recently, this primitive also received a lot of attention as a building block in more complex cryptographic applications ranging from editable blockchains to advanced signature and encryption schemes. We observe that in latter applications various different notions of collision-resistance are used, and it is not always clear if the respective notion does really cover what seems intuitively required by the application. Therefore, we revisit existing collision-resistance notions in the literature, study their relations, and - using the example of the recent redactable blockchain proposals - discuss which practical impact different notions of collision-resistance might have. Moreover, we provide a stronger, and arguably more desirable, notion of collision-resistance than what is known from the literature. Finally, we present a surprisingly simple and efficient black-box construction of chameleon-hash functions achieving this strong notion.