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Generating ElGamal signatures without knowing the secret key
, 1996
"... . We present a new method to forge ElGamal signatures if the public parameters of the system are not chosen properly. Since the secret key is hereby not found this attack shows that forging ElGamal signatures is sometimes easier than the underlying discrete logarithm problem. 1 Introduction ElGamal ..."
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. We present a new method to forge ElGamal signatures if the public parameters of the system are not chosen properly. Since the secret key is hereby not found this attack shows that forging ElGamal signatures is sometimes easier than the underlying discrete logarithm problem. 1 Introduction ElGamal's digital signature scheme [4] relies on the difficulty of computing discrete logarithms in the multiplicative group IF p and can therefore be broken if the computation of discrete logarithms is feasible. However, the converse has never been proved. In this paper we show that it is sometimes possible to forge signatures without breaking the underlying discrete logarithm problem. This shows that the ElGamal signature scheme and some variants of the scheme must be used very carefully. The paper is organized as follows. Section 2 describes the ElGamal signature scheme. In Section 3 we present a method to forge signatures if some additional information on the generator is known. We show that...
Generating ElGamal signatures without knowing the secret key
, 1996
"... . We present a new method to forge ElGamal signatures if the public parameters of the system are not chosen properly. Since the secret key is hereby not found this attack shows that forging ElGamal signatures is sometimes easier than the underlying discrete logarithm problem. 1 Introduction El ..."
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. We present a new method to forge ElGamal signatures if the public parameters of the system are not chosen properly. Since the secret key is hereby not found this attack shows that forging ElGamal signatures is sometimes easier than the underlying discrete logarithm problem. 1 Introduction ElGamal's digital signature scheme [4] relies on the difficulty of computing discrete logarithms in the multiplicative group IF p and can therefore be broken if the computation of discrete logarithms is feasible. However, the converse has never been proved. In this paper we show that it is sometimes possible to forge signatures without breaking the underlying discrete logarithm problem. This shows that the ElGamal signature scheme and some variants of the scheme must be used very carefully. The paper is organized as follows. Section 2 describes the ElGamal signature scheme. In Section 3 we present a method to forge signatures if some additional information on the generator is known. We show ...