Certificateless short signature (CLSS) possesses the advantages of both certificateless signature and short signature. CLSS eliminates the certificate management in conventional signatures and solves the key escrow problem in ID-based signatures. In the meantime, due to its short signature length, CLSS reduces the bandwidth for communication so that it is suitable for some specific authentication applications requiring bandwidth-constrained communication environments. However, up to now, there is no work on studying the revocation problem in existing CLSS schemes. In this article, we address the revocation problem and propose the first revocable certificateless short signature (RCLSS) scheme. Based on the computational Diffie-Hellman (CDH) assumption, we demonstrate that our RCLSS scheme possesses strong unforgeability against adaptive chosen-message attacks under an accredited security model. It turns out that our scheme has the shortest signature length while retaining computational efficiency. Thus, the proposed RCLSS scheme is well suited for low-bandwidth communication environments. Finally, we combine the proposed RCLSS scheme with cloud revocation authority (CRA) to present a CRA-aided authentication scheme with period-limited privileges for mobile multi-server environment.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Information Systems
- Applied Mathematics