Diffie-Hellman Proof-of-Possession Algorithms (RFC2875)
Original Publication Date: 2000-Jul-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2000-Sep-13
Internet Society Requests For Comment (RFCs)
H. Prafullchandra: AUTHOR [+1]
This document describes two methods for producing an integrity check value from a Diffie-Hellman key pair. This behavior is needed for such operations as creating the signature of a PKCS #10 certification request. These algorithms are designed to provide a proof-of- possession rather than general purpose signing.
Network Working Group H. Prafullchandra
Request for Comments: 2875 Critical Path Inc
Category: Standards Track J. Schaad
Diffie-Hellman Proof-of-Possession Algorithms
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This document describes two methods for producing an integrity check
value from a Diffie-Hellman key pair. This behavior is needed for
such operations as creating the signature of a PKCS #10 certification
request. These algorithms are designed to provide a proof-of-
possession rather than general purpose signing.
PKCS #10 [RFC2314] defines a syntax for certification requests. It
assumes that the public key being requested for certification
corresponds to an algorithm that is capable of signing/encrypting.
Diffie-Hellman (DH) is a key agreement algorithm and as such cannot
be directly used for signing or encryption.
This document describes two new proof-of-possession algorithms using
the Diffie-Hellman key agreement process to provide a shared secret
as the basis of an integrity check value. In the first algorithm,
the value is constructed for a specific recipient/verifier by using a
public key of that verifier. In the second algorithm, the value is
constructed for arbitrary verifiers.
The following definitions will be used in this document
DH certificate = a certificate whose SubjectPublicKey is a DH public
value and is signed with any signature algorithm (e.g. RSA or DSA).
3. Static DH Proof-of-Possession Process
The steps for creating a DH POP are:
1. An entity (E) chooses the group parameters for a DH key
This is done simply by selecting the group parameters from a
certificate for the recipient of the POP process.
A certificate with the correct group parameters has to be
available. Let these common DH parameters be g and p; and let
this DH key-pair be known as the Recipient key pair (Rpub and
Rpub = g^x mod p (where x=Rpriv, the private DH value and