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Unformatted text preview: essage, saying, “I am being coerced.” Other applications are more subtle. A company can sign documents and embed subliminal messages, allowing them to be tracked throughout the documents’ lifespans. The government can “mark” digital cash. A malicious signature program can leak secret information in its signatures. The possibilities are endless. Subliminal-Free Signatures
Alice and Bob are sending signed messages to each other, negotiating the terms of a contract. They use a digital signature protocol. However, this contract negotiation has been set up as a cover for Alice’s and Bob’s spying activities. When they use the digital signature algorithm, they don’t care about the messages they are signing. They are using a subliminal channel in the signatures to send secret information to each other. The counterespionage service, however, doesn’t know that the contract negotiations and the use of signed messages are just cover-ups. This concern has led people to create subliminal-free signature schemes. These digital signature schemes cannot be modified to contain a subliminal channel. See [480, 481] for details. 4.3 Undeniable Digital Signatures
Normal digital signatures can be copied exactly. Sometimes this property is useful, as in the dissemination of public announcements. Other times it could be a problem. Imagine a digitally signed personal or business letter. If many copies of that document were floating around, each of which could be verified by anyone, this could lead to embarrassment or blackmail. The best solution is a digital signature that can be proven valid, but that the recipient cannot show to a third party without the signer’s consent. The Alice Software Company distributes DEW (Do-Everything-Word). To ensure that their software is virus-free, they include a digital signature with each copy. However, they want only legitimate buyers of the software, not software pirates, to be able to verify the signature. At the same time, if copies of DEW are found to contain a viru...
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This note was uploaded on 10/18/2010 for the course MATH CS 301 taught by Professor Aliulger during the Fall '10 term at Koç University.
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