A First Approach to Provide Anonymity in Attribute Certificates

TitleA First Approach to Provide Anonymity in Attribute Certificates
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2004
AuthorsV. Benjumea, J. Lopez, J. A. Montenegro, and J. M. Troya
Conference Name2004 International Workshop on Practice and Theory in Public Key Cryptography (PKC’04)
Series TitleLNCS
Date PublishedMarch

This paper focus on two security services for internet applications:authorization and anonymity. Traditional authorization solutionsare not very helpful for many of the Internet applications; however,attribute certificates proposed by ITU-T seems to be well suited andprovide adequate solution. On the other hand, special attention is paidto the fact that many of the operations and transactions that are part ofInternet applications can be easily recorded and collected. Consequently,anonymity has become a desirable feature to be added in many cases. Inthis work we propose a solution to enhance the X.509 attribute certificatein such a way that it becomes a conditionally anonymous attributecertificate. Moreover, we present a protocol to obtain such certificatesin a way that respects users’ anonymity by using a fair blind signaturescheme. We also show how to use such certificates and describe a fewcases where problems could arise, identifying some open problems.

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