Use of the Hash-based Signature Algorithm with CBOR Object Signing and Encryption (COSE)
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Network Working Group                                         R. Housley
Internet-Draft                                            Vigil Security
Intended status: Standards Track                            May 10, 2019
Expires: November 11, 2019

 Use of the Hash-based Signature Algorithm with CBOR Object Signing and
                           Encryption (COSE)
                      draft-ietf-cose-hash-sig-03

Abstract

   This document specifies the conventions for using the HSS/LMS hash-
   based signature algorithm with the CBOR Object Signing and Encryption
   (COSE) syntax.  The HSS/LMS algorithm is one form of hash-based
   digital signature; it is described in RFC 8554.

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Table of Contents

   1.  Introduction  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   2
     1.1.  Algorithm Security Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . .   3
     1.2.  Terminology . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   4
   2.  LMS Digital Signature Algorithm Overview  . . . . . . . . . .   4
     2.1.  Hierarchical Signature System (HSS) . . . . . . . . . . .   4
     2.2.  Leighton-Micali Signature (LMS) . . . . . . . . . . . . .   5
     2.3.  Leighton-Micali One-time Signature Algorithm (LM-OTS) . .   6
   3.  Hash-based Signature Algorithm Identifiers  . . . . . . . . .   7
   4.  Security Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   8
     4.1.  Implementation Security Considerations  . . . . . . . . .   8
   5.  Operational Considerations  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   9
   6.  IANA Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   9
     6.1.  COSE Algorithms Registry Entry  . . . . . . . . . . . . .   9
     6.2.  COSE Key Types Registry Entry . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  10
   7.  References  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  10
     7.1.  Normative References  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  10
     7.2.  Informative References  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  10
   Appendix A.  Examples . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  11
     A.1.  Example COSE Full Message Signature . . . . . . . . . . .  11
     A.2.  Example COSE_Sign0 Message  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  17
   Appendix B.  Acknowledgements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  22
   Author's Address  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  22

1.  Introduction

   This document specifies the conventions for using the HSS/LMS hash-
   based signature algorithm with the CBOR Object Signing and Encryption
   (COSE) [RFC8152] syntax.  The Leighton-Micali Signature (LMS) system
   provides a one-time digital signature that is a variant of Merkle
   Tree Signatures (MTS).  The Hierarchical Signature System (HSS) is
   built on top of the LMS system to efficiently scale for a larger
   numbers of signatures.  The HSS/LMS algorithm is one form of hash-
   based digital signature, and it is described in [HASHSIG].  The HSS/
   LMS signature algorithm can only be used for a fixed number of
   signing operations.  The number of signing operations depends upon
   the size of the tree.  The HSS/LMS signature algorithm uses small
   public keys, and it has low computational cost; however, the
   signatures are quite large.  The HSS/LMS private key can be very
   small when the signer is willing to perform additional computation at
   signing time; alternatively, the private key can consume additional
   memory and provide a faster signing time.

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