On the Provable Security of Multi-Receiver Signcryption Schemes

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Executive Summary

In ATC 2007, an identity based signcryption scheme for multiple receivers was proposed by Yu et al. In this paper, the authors first show that Yu et al.'s signcryption scheme is insecure by demonstrating an universal forgeability attack - anyone can generate a valid signcryption on any message on behalf of any legal user for any set of legal receivers without knowing the secret keys of the legal users. Also, they point out a subtle flaw in the proof of confidentiality given by Yu et al. and show that the scheme does not provide confidentiality. Further, they propose a corrected version of Yu et al.'s scheme and formally prove its security (confidentiality and unforgeability) under the existing security model for signcryption.

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