Schnorr Noninteractive ZeroKnowledge Proof
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Internet Engineering Task Force F. Hao, Ed. InternetDraft Newcastle University (UK) Intended status: Informational April 26, 2017 Expires: October 28, 2017 Schnorr NIZK Proof: Noninteractive Zero Knowledge Proof for Discrete Logarithm drafthaoschnorr06 Abstract This document describes Schnorr NIZK proof, a noninteractive variant of the threepass Schnorr identification scheme. The Schnorr NIZK proof allows one to prove the knowledge of a discrete logarithm without leaking any information about its value. It can serve as a useful building block for many cryptographic protocols to ensure the participants follow the protocol specification honestly. This document specifies the Schnorr NIZK proof in both the finite field and the elliptic curve settings. Status of This Memo This InternetDraft is submitted in full conformance with the provisions of BCP 78 and BCP 79. InternetDrafts are working documents of the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF). Note that other groups may also distribute working documents as InternetDrafts. The list of current Internet Drafts is at http://datatracker.ietf.org/drafts/current/. InternetDrafts are draft documents valid for a maximum of six months and may be updated, replaced, or obsoleted by other documents at any time. It is inappropriate to use InternetDrafts as reference material or to cite them other than as "work in progress." This InternetDraft will expire on October 28, 2017. Copyright Notice Copyright (c) 2017 IETF Trust and the persons identified as the document authors. All rights reserved. This document is subject to BCP 78 and the IETF Trust's Legal Provisions Relating to IETF Documents (http://trustee.ietf.org/licenseinfo) in effect on the date of publication of this document. Please review these documents carefully, as they describe your rights and restrictions with respect Hao Expires October 28, 2017 [Page 1] InternetDraft Schnorr NIZK Proof April 2017 to this document. Code Components extracted from this document must include Simplified BSD License text as described in Section 4.e of the Trust Legal Provisions and are provided without warranty as described in the Simplified BSD License. Table of Contents 1. Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 1.1. Requirements Language . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 1.2. Notations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 2. Schnorr NIZK Proof over Finite Field . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 2.1. Group Parameters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 2.2. Schnorr Identification Scheme . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 2.3. NonInteractive ZeroKnowledge Proof . . . . . . . . . . 5 2.4. Computation Cost . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 3. Schnorr NIZK Proof over Elliptic Curve . . . . . . . . . . . 6 3.1. Group Parameters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 3.2. Schnorr Identification Scheme . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 3.3. NonInteractive ZeroKnowledge Proof . . . . . . . . . . 8 3.4. Computation Cost . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 4. Variants of Schnorr NIZK proof . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 5. Applications of Schnorr NIZK proof . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 6. Security Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 7. IANA Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 8. Acknowledgements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 9. References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 9.1. Normative References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 9.2. Informative References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 9.3. URIs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Author's Address . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 1. Introduction A wellknown principle for designing robust public key protocols states as follows: "Do not assume that a message you receive has a particular form (such as g^r for known r) unless you can check this" [AN95]. This is the sixth of the eight principles defined by Ross Anderson and Roger Needham at Crypto'95. Hence, it is also known as the "sixth principle". In the past thirty years, many public key protocols failed to prevent attacks, which can be explained by the violation of this principle [Hao10]. While there may be several ways to satisfy the sixth principle, this document describes one technique that allows one to prove the knowledge of a discrete logarithm (e.g., r for g^r) without revealing its value. This technique is called the Schnorr NIZK proof, which is a noninteractive variant of the threepass Schnorr identification scheme [Stinson06]. The original Schnorr identification scheme is Hao Expires October 28, 2017 [Page 2] InternetDraft Schnorr NIZK Proof April 2017 made noninteractive through a FiatShamir transformation [FS86], assuming that there exists a secure cryptographic hash function (i.e., the socalled random oracle model). The Schnorr NIZK proof can be implemented over a finite field or an elliptic curve (EC). The technical specification is basically the same, except that the underlying cyclic group is different. For completeness, this document describes the Schnorr NIZK proof in both the finite field and the EC settings. 1.1. Requirements Language The key words "MUST", "MUST NOT", "REQUIRED", "SHALL", "SHALL NOT", "SHOULD", "SHOULD NOT", "RECOMMENDED", "MAY", and "OPTIONAL" in this document are to be interpreted as described in RFC 2119 [RFC2119]. 1.2. Notations The following notations are used in this document: o Alice: the assumed identity of the prover in the protocol o Bob: the assumed identity of the verifier in the protocol o a  b: a divides b o a  b: concatenation of a and b o [a, b]: the interval of integers between and including a and b o t: the bit length of the challenge chosen by Bob o H: a secure cryptographic hash function o p: a large prime o q: a large prime divisor of p1, i.e., q  p1 o Zp*: a multiplicative group of integers modulo p o Gq: a subgroup of Zp* with prime order q o g: a generator of Gq o g^x: g raised to the power of x o a mod b: a modulo b Hao Expires October 28, 2017 [Page 3] InternetDraft Schnorr NIZK Proof April 2017 o Fp: a finite field of p elements where p is a prime o E(Fp): an elliptic curve defined over Fp o G: a generator of the subgroup over E(Fp) with prime order n o n: the order of G o h: the cofactor of the subgroup generated by G, which is equal to the order of the elliptic curve divided by n o P x [b]: multiplication of a point P with a scalar b over E(Fp) 2. Schnorr NIZK Proof over Finite Field 2.1. Group Parameters When implemented over a finite field, the Schnorr NIZK proof may use the same group setting as DSA [FIPS1864]. Let p and q be two large primes with q  p1. Let Gq denote the subgroup of Zp* of prime order q, and g be a generator for the subgroup. Refer to NIST [1] for values of (p, q, g) that provide different security levels. A level of 128bit security or above is recommended. Here DSA groups are used only as an example. Other multiplicative groups where the discrete logarithm problem (DLP) is intractable are also suitable for the implementation of the Schnorr NIZK proof. 2.2. Schnorr Identification Scheme The Schnorr identification scheme runs interactively between Alice (prover) and Bob (verifier). In the setup of the scheme, Alice publishes her public key X = g^x mod p where x is the private key chosen uniformly at random from [0, q1]. The protocol works in three passes: 1. Alice chooses a number v uniformly at random from [0, q1] and computes V = g^v mod p. She sends V to Bob. 2. Bob chooses a challenge c uniformly at random from [0, 2^t1], where t is the bit length of the challenge (say t = 160). Bob sends c to Alice. 3. Alice computes b = v  x * c mod q and sends it to Bob. At the end of the protocol, Bob performs the following checks. If any check fails, the identification is unsuccessful. Hao Expires October 28, 2017 [Page 4] InternetDraft Schnorr NIZK Proof April 2017 1. To verify X is within [1, p1] and X^q = 1 mod p; 2. To verify V = g^r * X^c mod p. The first check ensures that X is a valid public key, hence the discrete logarithm of X with respect to the base g actually exists. It is worth noting that some applications may specifically exclude the identity element as a valid public key. In that case, one shall check X is within [2, p1] instead of [1, p1]. The process is summarized in the following diagram. Information Flows in Schnorr Identification Scheme over Finite Field Alice Bob   choose random v from [0, q1] compute V = g^v mod p  V > compute b = vx*c mod q < c  choose random c from [0, 2^t1]  b > check 1) X is a valid public key 2) V = g^b * X^c mod p 2.3. NonInteractive ZeroKnowledge Proof The Schnorr NIZK proof is obtained from the interactive Schnorr identification scheme through a FiatShamir transformation [FS86]. This transformation involves using a secure cryptographic hash function to issue the challenge instead. More specifically, the challenge is redefined as c = H(g  g^v  g^x  UserID  OtherInfo), where UserID is a unique identifier for the prover and OtherInfo is optional data. Here, the hash function H shall be a secure cryptographic hash function, e.g., SHA256, SHA384, SHA512, SHA3256, SHA3384 and SHA3512. The bit length of the hash output should be at least equal to the order q of the considered subgroup. The OtherInfo is defined to allow flexible inclusion of contextual information (also known as "labels" in [ABM15]) in the Schnorr NIZK proof so that the technique defined in this document can be generally useful. For example, some security protocols built on top of the Schnorr NIZK proof may wish to include more contextual information such as the protocol name, timestamp and so on. The exact items (if any) in OtherInfo shall be left to specific protocols to define. However, the format of OtherInfo in any specific protocol must be fixed and explicitly defined in the protocol specification. Hao Expires October 28, 2017 [Page 5] InternetDraft Schnorr NIZK Proof April 2017 Within the hash function, there must be a clear boundary between any two concatenated items. It is recommended that one should always prepend each item with a 4byte integer that represents the byte length of that item. The OtherInfo may contain multiple subitems. In that case, the same rule shall apply to ensure a clear boundary between adjacent subitems. 2.4. Computation Cost In summary, to prove the knowledge of the exponent for X = g^x, Alice generates a Schnorr NIZK proof that contains: {UserID, OtherInfo, V = g^v mod p, r = v  x*c mod q}, where c = H(g  g^v  g^x  UserID  OtherInfo). To generate a Schnorr NIZK proof, the cost is roughly one modular exponentiation: that is to compute g^v mod p. In practice, this exponentiation may be precomputed in the offline manner to optimize efficiency. The cost of the remaining operations (random number generation, modular multiplication and hashing) is negligible as compared with the modular exponentiation. To verify the Schnorr NIZK proof, the cost is approximately two exponentiations: one for computing X^q mod p and the other for computing g^r * X^c mod p. (It takes roughly one exponentiation to compute the latter using a simultaneous exponentiation technique as described in [MOV96].) 3. Schnorr NIZK Proof over Elliptic Curve 3.1. Group Parameters When implemented over an elliptic curve, the Schnorr NIZK proof may use the same EC setting as ECDSA [FIPS1864]. For the illustration purpose, only curves over the prime fields (e.g., NIST P256) are described here. Other curves over the binary fields (see [FIPS1864]) that are suitable for ECDSA can also be used for implementing the Schnorr NIZK proof. Let E(Fp) be an elliptic curve defined over a finite field Fp where p is a large prime. Let G be a base point on the curve that serves as a generator for the subgroup over E(Fp) of prime order n. The cofactor of the subgroup is denoted h, which is usually a small value (not more than 4). Details on EC operations, such as addition, negation and scalar multiplications, can be found in [MOV96]. Date types and conversions including ellipticcurvepointtooctetstring and vice versa can be found in Section 2.3 of [SEC1]. Here the NIST curves are used only as an example. Other secure curves such as Curve25519 are also suitable for the implementation as long as the elliptic curve discrete logarithm problem (ECDLP) remains intractable. Hao Expires October 28, 2017 [Page 6] InternetDraft Schnorr NIZK Proof April 2017 3.2. Schnorr Identification Scheme In the setup of the scheme, Alice publishes her public key Q = G x [x] where x is the private key chosen uniformly at random from [1, n1]. The protocol works in three passes: 1. Alice chooses a number v uniformly at random from [1, n1] and computes V = G x [v]. She sends V to Bob. 2. Bob chooses a challenge c uniformly at random from [0, 2^t1], where t is the bit length of the challenge (say t = 80). Bob sends c to Alice. 3. Alice computes b = v  x * c mod n and sends it to Bob. At the end of the protocol, Bob performs the following checks. If any check fails, the verification is unsuccessful. 1. To verify X is a valid point on the curve and X x [h] is not the point at infinity; 2. To verify V = G x [b] + Q x [c]. The first check ensures that X is a valid public key, hence the discrete logarithm of X with respect to the base G actually exists. Unlike in the DSAlike group setting where a full modular exponentiation is required to validate a public key, in the ECDSA like setting, the public key validation incurs almost negligible cost due to the cofactor being small (e.g., 1, 2 or 4). The process is summarized in the following diagram. Information Flows in Schnorr Identification Scheme over Elliptic Curve Alice Bob   choose random v from [1, n1] compute V = G x [v]  V > compute b = v  x * c mod n < c  choose random c from [0, 2^t1]  b > check 1) X is a valid public key 2) V = G x [b] + Q x [c] Hao Expires October 28, 2017 [Page 7] InternetDraft Schnorr NIZK Proof April 2017 3.3. NonInteractive ZeroKnowledge Proof Same as before, the noninteractive variant is obtained through a FiatShamir transformation [FS86], by using a secure cryptographic hash function to issue the challenge instead. The challenge c is defined as c = H(G  V  Q  UserID  OtherInfo), where UserID is a unique identifier for the prover and OtherInfo is optional data as explained earlier. 3.4. Computation Cost In summary, to prove the knowledge of the discrete logarithm for Q = G x [x] with respect to base G over the elliptic curve, Alice generates a Schnorr NIZK proof that contains: {UserID, OtherInfo, V = G x [v], r = v  x*c mod n}, where c = H(G  V  Q  UserID  OtherInfo). To generate a Schnorr NIZK proof, the cost is one scalar multiplication: that is to compute G x [v]. To verify the Schnorr NIZK proof in the EC setting, the cost is approximately one multiplication over the elliptic curve: i.e., computing G x [r] + Q x [c] (using the same simultaneous computation technique as before). The cost of public key validation in the EC setting is essentially free. 4. Variants of Schnorr NIZK proof In the finite field setting, the prover sends (V, b) (along with userID and OtherInfo), and the verifier first computes c, and then checks for V = g^b * X^c mod p. This requires the transmission of an element V of Zp, whose size is typically between 2048 and 3072 bits, and an element b of Zq whose size is typically between 224 and 256 bits. It is possible to reduce the amount of transmitted data to two elements of Zq as below. In the modified variant, the prover works exactly the same as before, except that it sends (c, b) instead of (V, b). The verifier computes V = g^b * X^c mod p and then checks whether H(g  V  g^x  UserID  OtherInfo) = c. The security of this modified variant follows from the fact that one can compute V from (c, b) and c from (V, b). Therefore, sending (c, b) is equivalent to sending (V, c, b), which in turn is equivalent to sending (V, b). Thus, the size of the Schnorr NIZK proof is significantly reduced. However, the computation costs for both the prover and the verifier stay the same. The same optimization technique also applies to the elliptic curve setting by replacing (V, b) with (c, b), but the benefit is much Hao Expires October 28, 2017 [Page 8] InternetDraft Schnorr NIZK Proof April 2017 limited. When V is encoded in the compressed form, this optimization only saves 1 bit. The computation costs for generating and verifying the NIZK proof remain the same as before. 5. Applications of Schnorr NIZK proof Some key exchange protocols, such as JPAKE [HR08] and YAK [Hao10], rely on the Schnorr NIZK proof to ensure participants have the knowledge of discrete logarithms, hence following the protocol specification honestly. The technique described in this document can be directly applied to those protocols. The inclusion of OtherInfo also makes the Schnorr NIZK proof generally useful and flexible to cater for a wide range of applications. For example, the described technique may be used to allow a user to demonstrate the ProofOfPossession (PoP) of a long term private key to a Certificate Authority (CA) during the public key registration phrase. It must be ensured that the hash contains data that links the proof to one particular key registration procedure, e.g., by including the CA name, the expiry date, the applicant's email contact and so on to the OtherInfo. In this case, the Schnorr NIZK proof is functionally equivalent to a selfsigned Certificate Signing Request generated by using DSA or ECDSA. 6. Security Considerations The Schnorr identification protocol has been proven to satisfy the following properties, assuming that the verifier is honest and the discrete logarithm problem is intractable (see [Stinson06]). 1. Completeness  a prover who knows the discrete logarithm is always able to pass the verification challenge. 2. Soundness  an adversary who does not know the discrete logarithm has only a negligible probability (i.e., 2^(t)) to pass the verification challenge. 3. Honest verifier zeroknowledge  a prover leaks no more than one bit information to the honest verifier: whether the prover knows the discrete logarithm. The FiatShamir transformation is a standard technique to transform a threepass interactive Zero Knowledge Proof protocol (in which the verifier chooses a random challenge) to a noninteractive one, assuming that there exists a secure cryptographic hash function. Since the hash function is publicly defined, the prover is able to compute the challenge by itself, hence making the protocol non interactive. In this case, the hash function (more precisely, the Hao Expires October 28, 2017 [Page 9] InternetDraft Schnorr NIZK Proof April 2017 random oracle in the security proof) implements an honest verifier, because it assigns a uniformly random challenge c to each commitment (g^v or G x [v]) sent by the prover. This is exactly what an honest verifier would do. It is important to note that in Schnorr's identification scheme and its noninteractive variant, a secure random number generator is required. In particular, bad randomness in v may reveal the secret discrete logarithm. For example, suppose the same random value V = g^v mod p is used twice by the prover (e.g., because its random number generator failed), but the verifier chooses different challenges c and c' (or the hash function is used on two different OtherInfo data, producing two different values c and c'). The adversary now observes two proof transcripts (V, c, b) and (V, c', b'), based on which he can compute the secret key x by: (bb')/(c'c) = (vx*cv+x*c')/(c'c) = x mod q. More generally, such an attack may even work for a slightly better (but still bad) random number generator, where the value v is not repeated, but the adversary knows a relation between two values v and v' such as v' = v + w for some known value w. Suppose the adversary observes two proof transcripts (V, c, b) and (V', c', b'). He can compute the secret key x by: (bb'+w)/(c'c) = (vx*cv w+x*c'+w)/(c'c) = x mod q. This example reinforces the importance of using a secure random number generator to generate the ephemeral secret v in Schnorr's schemes. Finally, when a security protocol relies on the Schnorr NIZK proof for proving the knowledge of a discrete logarithm in a non interactive way, the threat of replay attacks shall be considered. For example, the Schnorr NIZK proof might be replayed back to the prover itself (to introduce some undesirable correlation between items in a cryptographic protocol). This particular attack is prevented by the inclusion of the unique UserID into the hash. The verifier shall check the prover's UserID is a valid identity and is different from its own. Depending on the context of specific protocols, other forms of replay attacks should be considered, and appropriate contextual information included into OtherInfo whenever necessary. 7. IANA Considerations This document has no actions for IANA. Hao Expires October 28, 2017 [Page 10] InternetDraft Schnorr NIZK Proof April 2017 8. Acknowledgements The editor of this document would like to thank Dylan Clarke, Robert Ransom, Siamak Shahandashti, Robert Cragie, Stanislav Smyshlyaev and Tibor Jager for many useful comments. Tibor Jager contributed the optimization technique and discussion the vulnerability issue when the ephemeral secret v is not generated randomly. This work is supported by the EPSRC First Grant (EP/J011541/1) and the ERC Starting Grant (No. 306994). 9. References 9.1. Normative References [RFC2119] Bradner, S., "Key words for use in RFCs to Indicate Requirement Levels", BCP 14, RFC 2119, DOI 10.17487/RFC2119, March 1997, <http://www.rfceditor.org/info/rfc2119>. [SEC1] "Standards for Efficient Cryptography. SEC 1: Elliptic Curve Cryptography", SECG SEC1v2, May 2004, <http://www.secg.org/sec1v2.pdf>. [ABM15] Abdalla, M., Benhamouda, F., and P. MacKenzie, "Security of the JPAKE PasswordAuthenticated Key Exchange Protocol", IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy, May 2015. [AN95] Anderson, R. and R. Needham, "Robustness principles for public key protocols", Proceedings of the 15th Annual International Cryptology Conference on Advances in Cryptology, 1995. [FS86] Fiat, A. and A. Shamir, "How to Prove Yourself: Practical Solutions to Identification and Signature Problems", Proceedings of the 6th Annual International Cryptology Conference on Advances in Cryptology, 1986. [MOV96] Menezes, A., Oorschot, P., and S. Vanstone, "Handbook of Applied Cryptography", 1996. [Stinson06] Stinson, D., "Cryptography: Theory and Practice (3rd Edition)", CRC, 2006. Hao Expires October 28, 2017 [Page 11] InternetDraft Schnorr NIZK Proof April 2017 9.2. Informative References [FIPS1864] "Federal Information Processing Standards Publication 1864: Specifications for the Digital Signature Standard (DSS)", July 2013, <http://nvlpubs.nist.gov/nistpubs/FIPS/ NIST.FIPS.1864.pdf>. [HR08] Hao, F. and P. Ryan, "Password Authenticated Key Exchange by Juggling", the 16th Workshop on Security Protocols, May 2008. [Hao10] Hao, F., "On Robust Key Agreement Based on Public Key Authentication", the 14th International Conference on Financial Cryptography and Data Security, February 2010. 9.3. URIs [1] http://csrc.nist.gov/groups/ST/toolkit/documents/Examples/ DSA2_All.pdf Author's Address Feng Hao (editor) Newcastle University (UK) Claremont Tower, School of Computing Science, Newcastle University Newcastle Upon Tyne United Kingdom Phone: +44 (0)1912086384 EMail: feng.hao@ncl.ac.uk Hao Expires October 28, 2017 [Page 12]