The twin diffie-hellman problem and applications

David Cash, Eike Kiltz, Victor Shoup

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We propose a new computational problem called the twin Diffie-Hellman problem. This problem is closely related to the usual (computational) Diffie-Hellman problem and can be used in many of the same cryptographic constructions that are based on the Diffie-Hellman problem. Moreover, the twin Diffie-Hellman problem is at least as hard as the ordinary Diffie-Hellman problem. However, we are able to show that the twin Diffie-Hellman problem remains hard, even in the presence of a decision oracle that recognizes solutions to the problem-this is a feature not enjoyed by the Diffie-Hellman problem, in general. Specifically, we show how to build a certain "trapdoor test" that allows us to effectively answer decision oracle queries for the twin Diffie-Hellman problem without knowing any of the corresponding discrete logarithms. Our new techniques have many applications. As one such application, we present a new variant of ElGamal encryption with very short ciphertexts, and with a very simple and tight security proof, in the random oracle model, under the assumption that the ordinary Diffie-Hellman problem is hard. We present several other applications as well, including a new variant of Diffie and Hellman's non-interactive key exchange protocol; a new variant of Cramer-Shoup encryption, with a very simple proof in the standard model; a new variant of Boneh-Franklin identity-based encryption, with very short ciphertexts; a more robust version of a password-authenticated key exchange protocol of Abdalla and Pointcheval.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)470-504
Number of pages35
JournalJournal of Cryptology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 2009

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics


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