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Information 2015, 6(4), 576-591; doi:10.3390/info6040576

A Backward Unlinkable Secret Handshake Scheme with Revocation Support in the Standard Model

School of Mathematics and Statistics, Guangdong University of Finance & Economics, Guangzhou 510320, China
Shanghai Key Laboratory of Integrated Administration Technologies for Information Security, Shanghai 200240, China
School of Computer Science, South China Normal University, Guangzhou 510631, China
State Key Laboratory of Information Security, Institute of Information Engineering, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100093, China
School of Computer Science and Technology, South China University of Technology, Guangzhou 510641, China
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Academic Editors: Qiong Huang and Guomin Yang
Received: 28 July 2015 / Revised: 31 August 2015 / Accepted: 21 September 2015 / Published: 7 October 2015
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Cybersecurity and Cryptography)
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Secret handshake schemes have been proposed to achieve private mutual authentications, which allow the members of a certain organization to anonymously authenticate each other without exposing their affiliations. In this paper, a backward unlinkable secret handshake scheme with revocation support (BU-RSH) is constructed. For a full-fledged secret handshake scheme, it is indispensable to furnish it with practical functionality, such as unlinkability, revocation and traceability. The revocation is achieved in the BU-RSH scheme, as well as the unlinkability and the traceability. Moreover, the anonymity of revoked members is improved, so that the past transcripts of revoked members remain private, i.e., backward unlinkability. In particular, the BU-RSH scheme is provably secure in the standard model by assuming the intractability of the `-hidden strong Diffie-Hellman problem and the subgroup decision problem. View Full-Text
Keywords: secret handshakes; mutual authentication; backward unlinkability; revocation; standard model secret handshakes; mutual authentication; backward unlinkability; revocation; standard model

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Wen, Y.; Gong, Z.; Xu, L. A Backward Unlinkable Secret Handshake Scheme with Revocation Support in the Standard Model. Information 2015, 6, 576-591.

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