Delegating signing rights in a multivariate proxy signature scheme

Sumit Kumar Debnath, Tanmay Choudhury, Pantelimon Stănică, Kunal Dey, Nibedita Kundu
2021 Advances in Mathematics of Communications  
In the context of digital signatures, the proxy signature holds a significant role of enabling an original signer to delegate its signing ability to another party (i.e., proxy signer). It has significant practical applications. Particularly it is useful in distributed systems, where delegation of authentication rights is quite common. For example, key sharing protocol, grid computing, and mobile communications. Currently, a large portion of existing proxy signature schemes are based on the
more » ... e based on the hardness of problems like integer factoring, discrete logarithms, and/or elliptic curve discrete logarithms. However, with the rising of quantum computers, the problem of prime factorization and discrete logarithm will be solvable in polynomial-time, due to Shor's algorithm, which dilutes the security features of existing ElGamal, RSA, ECC, and the proxy signature schemes based on these problems. As a consequence, construction of secure and efficient post-quantum proxy signature becomes necessary. In this work, we develop a post-quantum proxy signature scheme Mult-proxy, relying on multivariate public key cryptography (MPKC), which is one of the most promising candidates of post-quantum cryptography. We employ a 5pass identification protocol to design our proxy signature scheme. Our work attains the usual proxy criterion and a one-more-unforgeability criterion under the hardness of the Multivariate Quadratic polynomial (MQ) problem. It produces optimal size proxy signatures and optimal size proxy shares in the field of MPKC. 2020 Mathematics Subject Classification: Primary: 94A60, 94A62, 68M12; Secondary: 68P30.
doi:10.3934/amc.2021016 fatcat:dikjarfh4ndxfa6jmeeyri5o4q