CFRG | D. Boneh |

Internet-Draft | R. Wahby |

Expires: February 9, 2020 | Stanford University |

S. Gorbunov | |

Algorand and University of Waterloo | |

H. Wee | |

Algorand and ENS, Paris | |

Z. Zhang | |

Algorand | |

August 8, 2019 |

draft-irtf-cfrg-bls-signature-00.txt

draft-irtf-cfrg-bls-signature-00

BLS is a digital signature scheme with compression properties. With a given set of signatures (signature_1, ..., signature_n) anyone can produce a compressed signature signature_compressed. The same is true for a set of secret keys or public keys, while keeping the connection between sets (i.e., a compressed public key is associated to its compressed secret key). Furthermore, the BLS signature scheme is deterministic, non-malleable, and efficient. Its simplicity and cryptographic properties allows it to be useful in a variety of use-cases, specifically when minimal storage space or bandwidth are required.

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- 1. Introduction
- 1.1. Comparison with ECDSA
- 1.2. Organization of this document
- 1.3. Terminology and definitions
- 1.4. API
- 1.5. Requirements
- 2. Core operations
- 2.1. Variants
- 2.2. Parameters
- 2.3. KeyGen
- 2.4. KeyValidate
- 2.5. CoreSign
- 2.6. CoreVerify
- 2.7. Aggregate
- 2.8. CoreAggregateVerify
- 3. BLS Signatures
- 3.1. Basic scheme
- 3.1.1. AggregateVerify
- 3.2. Message augmentation
- 3.2.1. Sign
- 3.2.2. Verify
- 3.2.3. AggregateVerify
- 3.3. Proof of possession
- 3.3.1. Parameters
- 3.3.2. PopProve
- 3.3.3. PopVerify
- 3.3.4. FastAggregateVerify
- 4. Ciphersuites
- 4.1. Ciphersuite format
- 4.2. Ciphersuites for BLS12-381
- 4.2.1. Basic
- 4.2.2. Message augmentation
- 4.2.3. Proof of possession
- 5. Security Considerations
- 5.1. Validating public keys
- 5.2. Skipping membership check
- 5.3. Side channel attacks
- 5.4. Randomness considerations
- 5.5. Implementing hash_to_point and hash_pubkey_to_point
- 6. Implementation Status
- 7. Related Standards
- 8. IANA Considerations
- 9. References
- 9.1. Normative References
- 9.2. Informative References
- Appendix A. BLS12-381
- Appendix B. Test Vectors
- Appendix C. Security analyses
- Authors' Addresses

A signature scheme is a fundamental cryptographic primitive that is used to protect authenticity and integrity of communication. Only the holder of a secret key can sign messages, but anyone can verify the signature using the associated public key.

Signature schemes are used in point-to-point secure communication protocols, PKI, remote connections, etc. Designing efficient and secure digital signature is very important for these applications.

This document describes the BLS signature scheme. The scheme enjoys a variety of important efficiency properties:

- The public key and the signatures are encoded as single group elements.
- Verification requires 2 pairing operations.
- A collection of signatures (signature_1, ..., signature_n) can be compressed into a single signature (signature). Moreover, the compressed signature can be verified using only n+1 pairings (as opposed to 2n pairings, when verifying n signatures separately).

Given the above properties, the scheme enables many interesting applications. The immediate applications include

- authentication and integrity for Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) and blockchains.
- The usage is similar to classical digital signatures, such as ECDSA.

- compressing signature chains for PKI and Secure Border Gateway Protocol (SBGP).
- Concretely, in a PKI signature chain of depth n, we have n signatures by n certificate authorities on n distinct certificates. Similarly, in SBGP, each router receives a list of n signatures attesting to a path of length n in the network. In both settings, using the BLS signature scheme would allow us to compress the n signatures into a single signature.

- consensus protocols for blockchains.
- There, BLS signatures are used for authenticating transactions as well as votes during the consensus protocol, and the use of aggregation significantly reduces the bandwidth and storage requirements.

The following comparison assumes BLS signatures with curve BLS12-381, targeting 128 bits security.

For 128 bits security, ECDSA takes 37 and 79 micro-seconds to sign and verify a signature on a typical laptop. In comparison, for the same level of security, BLS takes 370 and 2700 micro-seconds to sign and verify a signature.

In terms of sizes, ECDSA uses 32 bytes for public keys and 64 bytes for signatures; while BLS uses 96 bytes for public keys, and 48 bytes for signatures. Alternatively, BLS can also be instantiated with 48 bytes of public keys and 96 bytes of signatures. BLS also allows for signature compression. In other words, a single signature is sufficient to anthenticate multiple messages and public keys.

This document is organized as follows:

- The remainder of this section defines terminology and the high-level API.
- Section 2 defines primitive operations used in the BLS signature scheme. These operations MUST NOT be used alone.
- Section 3 defines three BLS Signature schemes giving slightly different security and performance properties.
- Section 4 defines the format for a ciphersuites and gives recommended ciphersuites.
- The appendices give test vectors, etc.

The following terminology is used through this document:

- SK: The secret key for the signature scheme.
- PK: The public key for the signature scheme.
- message: The input to be signed by the signature scheme.
- signature: The digital signature output.
- aggregation: Given a list of signatures for a list of messages and public keys, an aggregation algorithm generates one signature that authenticates the same list of messages and public keys.
- rogue key attack: An attack in which a specially crafted public key (the "rogue" key) is used to forge an aggregated signature. Section 3 specifies methods for securing against rogue key attacks.

The following notation and primitives are used:

- a || b denotes the concatenation of octet strings a and b.
- A pairing-friendly elliptic curve defines the following primitives (see [I-D.yonezawa-pairing-friendly-curves] for detailed discussion):
- E1, E2: elliptic curve groups defined over finite fields. This document assumes that E1 has a more compact representation than E2, i.e., because E1 is defined over a smaller field than E2.
- G1, G2: subgroups of E1 and E2 (respectively) having prime order r.
- P1, P2: distinguished points that generate of G1 and G2, respectively.
- GT: a subgroup, of prime order r, of the multiplicative group of a field extension.
- e : G1 x G2 -> GT: a non-degenerate bilinear map.

- For the above pairing-friendly curve, this document writes operations in E1 and E2 in additive notation, i.e., P + Q denotes point addition and x * P denotes scalar multiplication. Operations in GT are written in multiplicative notation, i.e., a * b is field multiplication.

- For each of E1 and E2 defined by the above pairing-friendly curve, we assume that the pairing-friendly elliptic curve definition provides several primitives, described below.

Note that these primitives are named generically. When referring to one of these primitives for a specific group, this document appends the name of the group, e.g., point_to_octets_E1, subgroup_check_E2, etc.- point_to_octets(P) -> ostr: returns the canonical representation of the point P as an octet string. This operation is also known as serialization.
- octets_to_point(ostr) -> P: returns the point P corresponding to the canonical representation ostr, or INVALID if ostr is not a valid output of point_to_octets. This operation is also known as deserialization.
- subgroup_check(P) -> VALID or INVALID: returns VALID when the point P is an element of the subgroup of order r, and INVALID otherwise. This function can always be implemented by checking that r * P is equal to the identity element. In some cases, faster checks may also exist, e.g., [Bowe19].

- I2OSP and OS2IP are the functions defined in [RFC8017], Section 4.
- hash_to_point(ostr) -> P: a cryptographic hash function that takes as input an arbitrary octet string and returns a point on an elliptic curve. Functions of this kind are defined in [I-D.irtf-cfrg-hash-to-curve]. Each of the ciphersuites in Section 4 specifies the hash_to_point algorithm to be used.

The BLS signature scheme defines the following API:

- KeyGen(IKM) -> PK, SK: a key generation algorithm that takes as input an octet string comprising secret keying material, and outputs a public key PK and corresponding secret key SK.
- Sign(SK, message) -> signature: a signing algorithm that generates a deterministic signature given a secret key SK and a message.
- Verify(PK, message, signature) -> VALID or INVALID: a verification algorithm that outputs VALID if signature is a valid signature of message under public key PK, and INVALID otherwise.
- Aggregate(signature_1, ..., signature_n) -> signature: an aggregation algorithm that compresses a collection of signatures into a single signature.
- AggregateVerify((PK_1, message_1), ..., (PK_n, message_n), signature) -> VALID or INVALID: an aggregate verification algorithm that outputs VALID if signature is a valid aggregated signature for a collection of public keys and messages, and outputs INVALID otherwise.

The key words "MUST", "MUST NOT", "REQUIRED", "SHALL", "SHALL NOT", "SHOULD", "SHOULD NOT", "RECOMMENDED", "MAY", and "OPTIONAL" in this document are to be interpreted as described in [RFC2119].

This section defines core operations used by the schemes defined in Section 3. These operations MUST NOT be used except as described in that section.

Each core operation has two variants that trade off signature and public key size:

- Minimal-signature-size: signatures are points in G1, public keys are points in G2. (Recall from Section 1.3 that E1 has a more compact representation than E2.)
- Minimal-pubkey-size: public keys are points in G1, signatures are points in G2.

Implementations using signature aggregation SHOULD use this approach, since the size of (PK_1, ..., PK_n, signature) is dominated by the public keys even for small n.

The core operations in this section depend on several parameters:

- A signature variant, either minimal-signature-size or minimal-pubkey-size. These are defined in Section 2.1.
- A pairing-friendly elliptic curve, plus associated functionality given in Section 1.3.
- H, a hash function H that MUST be a secure cryptographic hash function, e.g., SHA-256 [FIPS180-4]. For security, H MUST output at least ceil(log2(r)) bits, where r is the order of the subgroups G1 and G2 defined by the pairing-friendly elliptic curve.
- hash_to_point, a function whose interface is described in Section 1.3. When the signature variant is minimal-signature-size, this function MUST output a point in G1. When the signature variant is minimal-pubkey size, this function MUST output a point in G2. For security, this function MUST be either a random oracle encoding or a nonuniform encoding, as defined in [I-D.irtf-cfrg-hash-to-curve].

In addition, the following primitives are determined by the above parameters:

- P, an elliptic curve point. When the signature variant is minimal-signature-size, P is the distinguished point P2 that generates the group G2 (see Section 1.3). When the signature variant is minimal-pubkey-size, P is the distinguished point P1 that generates the group G1.
- r, the order of the subgroups G1 and G2 defined by the pairing-friendly curve.
- pairing, a function that invokes the function e of Section 1.3, with argument order depending on signature variant:
- For minimal-signature-size:

pairing(U, V) := e(U, V) - For minimal-pubkey-size:

pairing(U, V) := e(V, U)

- For minimal-signature-size:
- point_to_pubkey and point_to_signature, functions that invoke the appropriate serialization routine (Section 1.3) depending on signature variant:
- For minimal-signature-size:

point_to_pubkey(P) := point_to_octets_E2(P)

point_to_signature(P) := point_to_octets_E1(P) - For minimal-pubkey-size:

point_to_pubkey(P) := point_to_octets_E1(P)

point_to_signature(P) := point_to_octets_E2(P)

- For minimal-signature-size:
- pubkey_to_point and signature_to_point, functions that invoke the appropriate deserialization routine (Section 1.3) depending on signature variant:
- For minimal-signature-size:

pubkey_to_point(ostr) := octets_to_point_E2(ostr)

signature_to_point(ostr) := octets_to_point_E1(ostr) - For minimal-pubkey-size:

pubkey_to_point(ostr) := octets_to_point_E1(ostr)

signature_to_point(ostr) := octets_to_point_E2(ostr)

- For minimal-signature-size:
- pubkey_subgroup_check and signature_subgroup_check, functions that invoke the appropriate subgroup check routine (Section 1.3) depending on signature variant:
- For minimal-signature-size:

pubkey_subgroup_check(P) := subgroup_check_E2(P)

signature_subgroup_check(P) := subgroup_check_E1(P) - For minimal-pubkey-size:

pubkey_subgroup_check(P) := subgroup_check_E1(P)

signature_subgroup_check(P) := subgroup_check_E2(P)

- For minimal-signature-size:

The KeyGen algorithm generates a pair (PK, SK) deterministically using the secret octet string IKM.

KeyGen uses HKDF [RFC5869] instantiated with the hash function H.

For security, IKM MUST be infeasible to guess, e.g., generated by a trusted source of randomness. IKM MUST be at least 32 bytes long, but it MAY be longer.

Because KeyGen is deterministic, implementations MAY choose either to store the resulting (PK, SK) or to store IKM and call KeyGen to derive the keys when necessary.

(PK, SK) = KeyGen(IKM) Inputs: - IKM, a secret octet string. See requirements above. Outputs: - PK, a public key encoded as an octet string. - SK, the corresponding secret key, an integer 0 <= SK < r. Definitions: - HKDF-Extract is as defined in RFC5869, instantiated with hash H. - HKDF-Expand is as defined in RFC5869, instantiated with hash H. - L is the integer given by ceil((1.5 * ceil(log2(r))) / 8). - "BLS-SIG-KEYGEN-SALT-" is an ASCII string comprising 20 octets. - "" is the empty string. Procedure: 1. PRK = HKDF-Extract("BLS-SIG-KEYGEN-SALT-", IKM) 2. OKM = HKDF-Expand(PRK, "", L) 3. x = OS2IP(OKM) mod r 4. xP = x * P 5. SK = x 6. PK = point_to_pubkey(xP) 7. return (PK, SK)

The KeyValidate algorithm ensures that a public key is valid.

result = KeyValidate(PK) Inputs: - PK, a public key in the format output by KeyGen. Outputs: - result, either VALID or INVALID Procedure: 1. xP = pubkey_to_point(PK) 2. If xP is INVALID, return INVALID 3. If pubkey_subgroup_check(xP) is INVALID, return INVALID 4. return VALID

The CoreSign algorithm computes a signature from SK, a secret key, and message, an octet string.

signature = CoreSign(SK, message) Inputs: - SK, the secret key output by an invocation of KeyGen. - message, an octet string. Outputs: - signature, an octet string. Procedure: 1. Q = hash_to_point(message) 2. R = SK * Q 3. signature = point_to_signature(R) 4. return signature

The CoreVerify algorithm checks that a signature is valid for the octet string message under the public key PK.

The public key PK must satisfy KeyValidate(PK) == VALID (Section 2.4).

result = CoreVerify(PK, message, signature) Inputs: - PK, a public key in the format output by KeyGen. - message, an octet string. - signature, an octet string in the format output by CoreSign. Outputs: - result, either VALID or INVALID. Procedure: 1. R = signature_to_point(signature) 2. If R is INVALID, return INVALID 3. If signature_subgroup_check(R) is INVALID, return INVALID 4. xP = pubkey_to_point(PK) 5. Q = hash_to_point(message) 6. C1 = pairing(Q, xP) 7. C2 = pairing(R, P) 8. If C1 == C2, return VALID, else return INVALID

The Aggregate algorithm compresses multiple signatures into one.

signature = Aggregate(signature_1, ..., signature_n) Inputs: - signature_1, ..., signature_n, octet strings output by either CoreSign or Aggregate. Outputs: - signature, an octet string encoding a compressed signature that compbines all inputs; or INVALID. Procedure: 1. accum = signature_to_point(signature_1) 2. If accum is INVALID, return INVALID 3. for i in 2, ..., n: 4. next = signature_to_point(signature_i) 5. If next is INVALID, return INVALID 6. accum = accum + next 7. signature = point_to_signature(accum) 8. return signature

The CoreAggregateVerify algorithm checks an aggregated signature over several (PK, message) pairs.

All public keys PK_i must satisfy KeyValidate(PK_i) == VALID (Section 2.4).

result = CoreAggregateVerify((PK_1, message_1), ..., (PK_n, message_n), signature) Inputs: - PK_1, ..., PK_n, public keys in the format output by KeyGen. - message_1, ..., message_n, octet strings. - signature, an octet string output by Aggregate. Outputs: - result, either VALID or INVALID. Procedure: 1. R = signature_to_point(signature) 2. If R is INVALID, return INVALID 3. If signature_subgroup_check(R) is INVALID, return INVALID 4. C1 = 1 (the identity element in GT) 5. for i in 1, ..., n: 6. xP = pubkey_to_point(PK_i) 7. Q = hash_to_point(message_i) 8. C1 = C1 * pairing(Q, xP) 9. C2 = pairing(R, P) 10. If C1 == C2, return VALID, else return INVALID

This section defines three signature schemes: basic, message augmentation, and proof of possession. These schemes differ in the ways that they defend against rogue key attacks (Section 1.3).

All of the schemes in this section are built on a set of core operations defined in Section 2. Thus, defining a scheme requires fixing a set of parameters as defined in Section 2.2.

All three schemes expose the KeyGen and Aggregate operations that are defined in Section 2. The sections below define the other API functions (Section 1.4) for each scheme.

In a basic scheme, rogue key attacks are handled by requiring all messages signed by an aggregate signature to be distinct. This requirement is enforced in the definition of AggregateVerify.

The Sign and Verify functions are identical to CoreSign and CoreVerify (Section 2), respectively. AggregateVerify is defined below.

All public keys PK supplied as arguments to Verify and AggregateVerify MUST satisfy KeyValidate(PK) == VALID (Section 2.4).

This function first ensures that all messages are distinct, and then invokes CoreAggregateVerify.

result = AggregateVerify((PK_1, message_1), ..., (PK_n, message_n), signature) Inputs: - PK_1, ..., PK_n, public keys in the format output by KeyGen. - message_1, ..., message_n, octet strings. - signature, an octet string output by Aggregate. Outputs: - result, either VALID or INVALID. Procedure: 1. If any two input messages are equal, return INVALID. 2. return CoreAggregateVerify((PK_1, message_1), ..., (PK_n, message_n), signature)

In a message augmentation scheme, signatures are generated over the concatenation of the public key and the message, ensuring that messages signed by different public keys are distinct.

All public keys PK supplied as arguments to Verify and AggregateVerify MUST satisfy KeyValidate(PK) == VALID (Section 2.4).

To match the API for Sign defined in Section 1.4, this function recomputes the public key corresponding to the input SK. Implementations MAY instead implement an interface that takes the public key as an input.

Note that the point P and the point_to_pubkey function are defined in Section 2.2.

signature = Sign(SK, message) Inputs: - SK, a secret key output by an invocation of KeyGen. - message, an octet string. Outputs: - signature, an octet string. Procedure: 1. xP = SK * P 2. PK = point_to_pubkey(xP) 3. return CoreSign(SK, PK || message)

result = Verify(PK, message, signature) Inputs: - PK, a public key in the format output by KeyGen. - message, an octet string. - signature, an octet string in the format output by CoreSign. Outputs: - result, either VALID or INVALID. Procedure: 1. return CoreVerify(PK, PK || message, signature)

result = AggregateVerify((PK_1, message_1), ..., (PK_n, message_n), signature) Inputs: - PK_1, ..., PK_n, public keys in the format output by KeyGen. - message_1, ..., message_n, octet strings. - signature, an octet string output by Aggregate. Outputs: - result, either VALID or INVALID. Procedure: 1. for i in 1, ..., n: 2. mprime_i = PK_i || message_i 3. return CoreAggregateVerify((PK_1, mprime_1), ..., (PK_n, mprime_n), signature)

A proof of possession scheme uses a separate public key validation step, called a proof of possession, to defend against rogue key attacks. This enables an optimization to aggregate signature verification for the case that all signatures are on the same message.

The Sign, Verify, and AggregateVerify functions are identical to CoreSign, CoreVerify, and CoreAggregateVerify (Section 2), respectively. In addition, a proof of possession scheme defines three functions beyond the standard API (Section 1.4):

- PopProve(SK) -> proof: an algorithm that generates a proof of possession for the public key corresponding to secret key SK.
- PopVerify(PK, proof) -> VALID or INVALID: an algorithm that outputs VALID if proof is valid for PK, and INVALID otherwise.
- FastAggregateVerify(PK_1, ..., PK_n, message, signature) -> VALID or INVALID: a verification algorithm for the aggregate of multiple signatures on the same message. This function is faster than AggregateVerify.

All public keys used by Verify, AggregateVerify, and FastAggregateVerify MUST be accompanied by a proof of possession generated by PopProve, and the result of PopVerify on this proof MUST be VALID.

In addition to the parameters required to instantiate the core operations (Section 2.2), a proof of possession scheme requires one further parameter:

- hash_pubkey_to_point(PK) -> P: a cryptographic hash function that takes as input a public key and outputs a point in the same subgroup as the hash_to_point algorithm used to instantiate the core operations.

For security, this function MUST be orthogonal to the hash_to_point function. In addition, this function MUST be either a random oracle encoding or a nonuniform encoding, as defined in [I-D.irtf-cfrg-hash-to-curve]. The RECOMMENDED way of instantiating hash_pubkey_to_point is to use the same hash-to-curve function as hash_to_point, with a different domain separation tag (see [I-D.irtf-cfrg-hash-to-curve], Section 5.1).

This function recomputes the public key coresponding to the input SK. Implementations MAY instead implement an interface that takes the public key as input.

Note that the point P and the point_to_pubkey and point_to_signature functions are defined in Section 2.2. The hash_pubkey_to_point function is defined in Section 3.3.1.

proof = PopProve(SK) Inputs: - SK, a secret key output by an invocation of KeyGen. Outputs: - proof, an octet string. Procedure: 1. xP = SK * P 2. PK = point_to_pubkey(xP) 3. Q = hash_pubkey_to_point(PK) 4. R = SK * Q 5. proof = point_to_signature(R) 6. return signature

Note that the following uses several functions defined in Section 2. The hash_pubkey_to_point function is defined in Section 3.3.1.

result = PopVerify(PK, proof) Inputs: - PK, a public key inthe format output by KeyGen. - proof, an octet string in the format output by PopProve. Outputs: - result, either VALID or INVALID Procedure: 1. R = signature_to_point(proof) 2. If R is INVALID, return INVALID 3. If signature_subgroup_check(R) is INVALID, return INVALID 4. If KeyValidate(PK) is INVALID, return INVALID 5. xP = pubkey_to_point(PK) 6. Q = hash_pubkey_to_point(PK) 7. C1 = pairing(Q, xP) 8. C2 = pairing(R, P) 9. If C1 == C2, return VALID, else return INVALID

Note that the following uses several functions defined in Section 2.

result = FastAggregateVerify(PK_1, ..., PK_n, message, signature) Inputs: - PK_1, ..., PK_n, public keys in the format output by KeyGen. - message, an octet string. - signature, an octet string output by Aggregate. Outputs: - result, either VALID or INVALID. Procedure: 1. accum = pubkey_to_point(PK_1) 2. for i in 2, ..., n: 3. next = pubkey_to_point(PK_i) 4. accum = accum + next 5. PK = point_to_pubkey(accum) 6. return CoreVerify(PK, message, signature)

This section defines the format for a BLS ciphersuite. It also gives concrete ciphersuites based on the BLS12-381 pairing-friendly elliptic curve [I-D.yonezawa-pairing-friendly-curves].

A ciphersuite specifies all parameters from Section 2.2, a scheme from Section 3, and any parameters the scheme requires. In particular, a ciphersuite comprises:

- ID: the ciphersuite ID, an ASCII string. The RECOMMENDED format for this string is

"BLS_SIG_" || H2C_SUITE || "_" || SC_TAG || "_"- strings in double quotes are literal ASCII octet sequences
- H2C_SUITE is the name of the hash-to-curve ciphersuite used to define the hash_to_point and hash_pubkey_to_point functions.
- SC_TAG SHOULD be "NUL" when SC is basic, "AUG" when SC is message-augmentation, or "POP" when SC is proof-of-possession.

- SC: the scheme, either basic, message-augmentation, or proof-of-possession.
- SV: the signature variant, either minimal-signature-size or minimal-pubkey-size.
- EC: a pairing-friendly elliptic curve, plus all associated functionality (Section 1.3).
- H: a cryptographic hash function.
- hash_to_point: a hash from arbitrary strings to elliptic curve points. It is RECOMMENDED that hash_to_point be defined in terms of a hash-to-curve suite [I-D.irtf-cfrg-hash-to-curve] with domain separation tag equal to the ID string.
- hash_pubkey_to_point (only specified when SC is proof-of-possession): a hash from serialized public keys to elliptic curve points. It is RECOMMENDED that hash_pubkey_to_point be defined in terms of a has-to-curve suite [I-D.irtf-cfrg-hash-to-curve], with domain separation tag constructed similarly to the ID string, namely:

"BLS_POP_" || H2C_SUITE || "_" || SC_TAG || "_"

The following ciphersuites are all built on the BLS12-381 elliptic curve. The required primitives for this curve are given in Appendix A.

These ciphersuites use the hash-to-curve suites BLS12381G1-SHA256-SSWU-RO- and BLS12381G2-SHA256-SSWU-RO- defined in [I-D.irtf-cfrg-hash-to-curve]. Each ciphersuite defines a unique hash_to_point function by specifying a domain separation tag (see [@I-D.irtf-cfrg-hash-to-curve, Section 5.1).

The ciphersuite with ID BLS_SIG_BLS12381G1-SHA256-SSWU-RO-_NUL_ uses the following parameters, in addition to the common parameters below.

- SV: minimal-signature-size
- hash_to_point: BLS12381G1-SHA256-SSWU-RO- with the ASCII domain separation tag

BLS_SIG_BLS12381G1-SHA256-SSWU-RO-_NUL_

The ciphersuite with ID BLS_SIG_BLS12381G2-SHA256-SSWU-RO-_NUL_ uses the following parameters, in addition to the common parameters below.

- SV: minimal-pubkey-size
- hash_to_point: BLS12381G2-SHA256-SSWU-RO- with the ASCII domain separation tag

BLS_SIG_BLS12381G2-SHA256-SSWU-RO-_NUL_

The above ciphersuites share the following common parameters:

- SC: basic
- EC: BLS12-381, as defined in Appendix A.
- H: SHA-256

The ciphersuite with ID BLS_SIG_BLS12381G1-SHA256-SSWU-RO-_AUG_ uses the following parameters, in addition to the common parameters below.

- SV: minimal-signature-size
- hash_to_point: BLS12381G1-SHA256-SSWU-RO- with the ASCII domain separation tag

BLS_SIG_BLS12381G1-SHA256-SSWU-RO-_AUG_

The ciphersuite with ID BLS_SIG_BLS12381G2-SHA256-SSWU-RO-_AUG_ uses the following parameters, in addition to the common parameters below.

- SV: minimal-pubkey-size
- hash_to_point: BLS12381G2-SHA256-SSWU-RO- with the ASCII domain separation tag

BLS_SIG_BLS12381G2-SHA256-SSWU-RO-_AUG_

The above ciphersuites share the following common parameters:

- SC: message-augmentation
- EC: BLS12-381, as defined in Appendix A.
- H: SHA-256

The ciphersuite with ID BLS_SIG_BLS12381G1-SHA256-SSWU-RO-_POP_ uses the following parameters, in addition to the common parameters below.

- SV: minimal-signature-size
- hash_to_point: BLS12381G1-SHA256-SSWU-RO- with the ASCII domain separation tag

BLS_SIG_BLS12381G1-SHA256-SSWU-RO-_POP_ - hash_pubkey_to_point: BLS12381G1-SHA256-SSWU-RO- with the ASCII domain separation tag

BLS_POP_BLS12381G1-SHA256-SSWU-RO-_POP_

The ciphersuite with ID BLS_SIG_BLS12381G2-SHA256-SSWU-RO-_POP_ uses the following parameters, in addition to the common parameters below.

- SV: minimal-pubkey-size
- hash_to_point: BLS12381G2-SHA256-SSWU-RO- with the ASCII domain separation tag

BLS_SIG_BLS12381G2-SHA256-SSWU-RO-_POP_ - hash_pubkey_to_point: BLS12381G2-SHA256-SSWU-RO- with the ASCII domain separation tag

BLS_POP_BLS12381G2-SHA256-SSWU-RO-_POP_

The above ciphersuites share the following common parameters:

- SC: proof-of-possession
- EC: BLS12-381, as defined in Appendix A.
- H: SHA-256

All algorithms in Section 2 and Section 3 that operate on public keys require first validating these keys. For the basic and message augmentation schemes, the use of KeyValidate is REQUIRED. For the proof of possession scheme, each public key MUST be accompanied by a proof of possession, and use of PopVerify is REQUIRED.

Note that implementations MAY cache validation results for public keys in order to avoid unnecessarily repeating validation for known keys.

Some existing implementations skip the signature_subgroup_check invocation in CoreVerify (Section 2.6), whose purpose is ensuring that the signature is an element of a prime-order subgroup. This check is REQUIRED of conforming implementations, for two reasons.

- For most pairing-friendly elliptic curves used in practice, the pairing operation e (Section 1.3) is undefined when its input points are not in the prime-order subgroups of E1 and E2. The resulting behavior is unpredictable, and may enable forgeries.
- Even if the pairing operation behaves properly on inputs that are outside the correct subgroups, skipping the subgroup check breaks the strong unforgeability property.

Implementations of the signing algorithm SHOULD protect the secret key from side-channel attacks. One method for protecting against certain side-channel attacks is ensuring that the implementation executes exactly the same sequence of instructions and performs exactly the same memory accesses, for any value of the secret key. In other words, implementations on the underlying pairing-friendly elliptic curve SHOULD run in constant time.

BLS signatures are deterministic. This protects against attacks arising from signing with bad randomness, for example, the nonce reuse attack on ECDSA [HDWH12].

As discussed in Section 2.3, the IKM input to KeyGen MUST be infeasible to guess and MUST be kept secret. One possibility is to generate IKM from a trusted source of randonmess. Guidelines on constructing such a source are outside the scope of this document.

The security analysis models hash_to_point and hash_pubkey_to_point as random oracles. It is crucial that these functions are implemented using a cryptographically secure hash function. For this purpose, implementations MUST meet the requirements of [I-D.irtf-cfrg-hash-to-curve].

In addition, ciphersuites MUST specify unique domain separation tags for hash_to_point and hash_pubkey_to_point. The domain separation tag format used in Section 4 is the RECOMMENDED one.

This section will be removed in the final version of the draft. There are currently several implementations of BLS signatures using the BLS12-381 curve.

- Algorand: bls_sigs_ref
- Chia: spec python/C++. Here, they are swapping G1 and G2 so that the public keys are small, and the benefits of avoiding a membership check during signature verification would even be more substantial. The current implementation does not seem to implement the membership check. Chia uses the Fouque-Tibouchi hashing to the curve, which can be done in constant time.
- Dfinity: go BLS. The current implementations do not seem to implement the membership check.
- Ethereum 2.0: spec

- Pairing-friendly curves draft-yonezawa-pairing-friendly-curves
- Pairing-based Identity-Based Encryption IEEE 1363.3.
- Identity-Based Cryptography Standard rfc5901.
- Hashing to Elliptic Curves draft-irtf-cfrg-hash-to-curve-04, in order to implement the hash function hash_to_point.
- EdDSA rfc8032

TBD (consider to register ciphersuite identifiers for BLS signature and underlying pairing curves)

[RFC2119] |
Bradner, S., "Key words for use in RFCs to Indicate Requirement Levels", BCP 14, RFC 2119, DOI 10.17487/RFC2119, March 1997. |

[ZCash] |
Electric Coin Company, "BLS12-381", July 2017. |

The ciphersuites in Section 4 are based upon the BLS12-381 pairing-friendly elliptic curve. The following defines the correspondence between the primitives in Section 1.3 and the parameters given in Section 4.2.2 of [I-D.yonezawa-pairing-friendly-curves].

- E1, G1: the curve E and its order-r subgroup.
- E2, G2: the curve E' and its order-r subgroup.
- GT: the subgroup G_T.
- P1: the point BP.
- P2: the point BP'.
- e: the optimal Ate pairing defined in Appendix A of [I-D.yonezawa-pairing-friendly-curves].
- point_to_octets and octets_to_point use the compressed serialization formats for E1 and E2 defined by [ZCash].
- subgroup_check MAY use either the naive check described in Section 1.3 or the optimized check given by [Bowe19].

TBA: (i) test vectors for both variants of the signature scheme (signatures in G2 instead of G1) , (ii) test vectors ensuring membership checks, (iii) intermediate computations ctr, hm.

The security properties of the BLS signature scheme are proved in [BLS01].

[BGLS03] prove the security of aggregate signatures over distinct messages, as in the basic scheme of Section 3.1.

[BNN07] prove security of the message augmentation scheme of Section 3.2.

[Bol03][LOSSW06][RY07] prove security of constructions related to the proof of possession scheme of Section 3.3.

[BDN18] prove the security of another rogue key defense; this defense is not standardized in this document.