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Provably-Secure Authenticated Group Diffie-Hellman Key Exchange

  • Author(s): Bresson, Emmanuel
  • Chevassut, Olivier
  • Pointcheval, David
  • et al.

Authenticated key exchange protocols allow two participants A and B, communicating over a public network and each holding an authentication means, to exchange a shared secret value. Methods designed to deal with this cryptographic problem ensure A (resp. B) that no other participants aside from B (resp. A) can learn any information about the agreed value, and often also ensure A and B that their respective partner has actually computed this value. A natural extension to this cryptographic method is to consider a pool of participants exchanging a shared secret value and to provide a formal treatment for it. Starting from the famous 2-party Diffie-Hellman (DH) key exchange protocol, and from its authenticated variants, security experts have extended it to the multi-party setting for over a decade and completed a formal analysis in the framework of modern cryptography in the past few years. The present paper synthesizes this body of work on the provably-secure authenticated group DH key exchange.

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