Timed fair exchange of standard signatures [extended abstract] Academic Article uri icon


  • In this paper we show how to achieve timed fair exchange of digital signatures of standard type. Timed fair exchange (in particular, contract signing) has been considered before, but only for Rabin and RSA signatures of a special kind. Our construction follows the gradual release paradigm, and works on a new "time" structure that we call a mirrored time-line. Using this structure, we design a protocol for the timed fair exchange by two parties of arbitrary values (values lying on their respective mirrored time-lines). We then apply the blinding techniques of Garay and Jakobsson to turn this protocol into a protocol for the timed fair exchange of standard signatures. The length of these mirrored time-lines makes another problem apparent, which is making sure that the underlying sequence has a period large enough so that cycling is not observed. We also show how to construct these structures so that, under reasonable assumptions, this is indeed the case. Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2003.

published proceedings

  • Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)

author list (cited authors)

  • Garay, J. A., & Pomerance, C.

complete list of authors

  • Garay, JA||Pomerance, C

publication date

  • December 2003