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On Efficiency and Usability of Group Signatures on Smartphone and Single-board Platforms

    Abstract: With increasing digitalization and omnipresent data sensing, security and users’ privacy become essential requirements in new digital services. Group Signatures (GS) or also known as Anonymous Digital Signatures (ADS) are often used as a core Privacy-Enhancing Technology (PET) in order to keep users’ privacy during their access and/or authentication phases within ensuring the security of provided services. In this work, we provide a comprehensive assessment of group signatures on various small computing platforms typically used in modern digital services. Based on our analysis of well-established GS schemes and their libraries, we implement and evaluate chosen schemes on both well-known smartphone platforms (i.e., Android, iOS) and on a single-board computer. Our results indicate that current handheld devices can already effectively perform main group signatures’ phases and make these schemes practical for deployment in various privacy-requiring scenarios.

    Authors: Patrik Dobias, Lukas Malina, Petr Ilgner, Petr Dzurenda

    Published: Proceedings of the 18th International Conference on Availability, Reliability and Security (ARES ’23). Association for Computing Machinery, New York, NY, USA, Article 127, 1–9.2023.

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