Foundations of Group Signatures: The Case of Dynamic Groups

Authors: M. Bellare, H. Shi and C. Zhang

Abstract: A first step toward establishing foundations for group signatures was taken by Bellare, Micciancio and Warinschi, with a treatment of the case where the group is static. However the bulk of existing practical schemes and applications are for dynamic groups, and these involve important new elements and security issues. This paper treats this case, providing foundations for dynamic group signatures, in the form of a model, strong formal definitions of security, and a construction proven secure under general assumptions. We believe this is an important and useful step because it helps bridge the gap between Bellare, Micciancio and Warinschi and the previous practical work, and delivers a basis on which existing practical schemes may in future be evaluated or proven secure.

Ref: An extended abstract of this paper appeared in Topics in Cryptology - CT-RSA 2005 Proceedings, Lecture Notes in Computer Science Vol. 3376, A. Menezes ed, Springer-Verlag, 2005. Full paper available below.

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