Internet Research Task Force (IRTF) D. McGrew
Request for Comments: 8554 M. Curcio
Category: Informational S. Fluhrer
ISSN: 20701721 Cisco Systems
April 2019
LeightonMicali HashBased Signatures
Abstract
This note describes a digitalsignature system based on cryptographic
hash functions, following the seminal work in this area of Lamport,
Diffie, Winternitz, and Merkle, as adapted by Leighton and Micali in
1995. It specifies a onetime signature scheme and a general
signature scheme. These systems provide asymmetric authentication
without using large integer mathematics and can achieve a high
security level. They are suitable for compact implementations, are
relatively simple to implement, and are naturally resistant to side
channel attacks. Unlike many other signature systems, hashbased
signatures would still be secure even if it proves feasible for an
attacker to build a quantum computer.
This document is a product of the Crypto Forum Research Group (CFRG)
in the IRTF. This has been reviewed by many researchers, both in the
research group and outside of it. The Acknowledgements section lists
many of them.
Status of This Memo
This document is not an Internet Standards Track specification; it is
published for informational purposes.
This document is a product of the Internet Research Task Force
(IRTF). The IRTF publishes the results of Internetrelated research
and development activities. These results might not be suitable for
deployment. This RFC represents the consensus of the Crypto Forum
Research Group of the Internet Research Task Force (IRTF). Documents
approved for publication by the IRSG are not candidates for any level
of Internet Standard; see Section 2 of RFC 7841.
Information about the current status of this document, any errata,
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Table of Contents
1. Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
1.1. CFRG Note on PostQuantum Cryptography . . . . . . . . . 5
1.2. Intellectual Property . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
1.2.1. Disclaimer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
1.3. Conventions Used in This Document . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
2. Interface . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
3. Notation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
3.1. Data Types . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
3.1.1. Operators . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
3.1.2. Functions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
3.1.3. Strings of wBit Elements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
3.2. Typecodes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
3.3. Notation and Formats . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
4. LMOTS OneTime Signatures . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
4.1. Parameters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
4.2. Private Key . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
4.3. Public Key . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15
4.4. Checksum . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15
4.5. Signature Generation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16
4.6. Signature Verification . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17
5. LeightonMicali Signatures . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19
5.1. Parameters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19
5.2. LMS Private Key . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20
5.3. LMS Public Key . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21
5.4. LMS Signature . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22
5.4.1. LMS Signature Generation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23
5.4.2. LMS Signature Verification . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24
6. Hierarchical Signatures . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26
6.1. Key Generation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29
6.2. Signature Generation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30
6.3. Signature Verification . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32
6.4. Parameter Set Recommendations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32
7. Rationale . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34
7.1. Security String . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35
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8. IANA Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36
9. Security Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38
9.1. Hash Formats . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39
9.2. Stateful Signature Algorithm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40
9.3. Security of LMOTS Checksum . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41
10. Comparison with Other Work . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42
11. References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43
11.1. Normative References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43
11.2. Informative References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43
Appendix A. Pseudorandom Key Generation . . . . . . . . . . . . 45
Appendix B. LMOTS Parameter Options . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45
Appendix C. An Iterative Algorithm for Computing an LMS Public
Key . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47
Appendix D. Method for Deriving Authentication Path for a
Signature . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48
Appendix E. Example Implementation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49
Appendix F. Test Cases . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49
Acknowledgements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60
Authors' Addresses . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61
1. Introduction
Onetime signature systems, and generalpurpose signature systems
built out of onetime signature systems, have been known since 1979
[Merkle79], were well studied in the 1990s [USPTO5432852], and have
benefited from renewed attention in the last decade. The
characteristics of these signature systems are small private and
public keys and fast signature generation and verification, but large
signatures and moderately slow key generation (in comparison with RSA
and ECDSA (Elliptic Curve Digital Signature Algorithm)). Private
keys can be made very small by appropriate key generation, for
example, as described in Appendix A. In recent years, there has been
interest in these systems because of their postquantum security and
their suitability for compact verifier implementations.
This note describes the Leighton and Micali adaptation [USPTO5432852]
of the original LamportDiffieWinternitzMerkle onetime signature
system [Merkle79] [C:Merkle87] [C:Merkle89a] [C:Merkle89b] and
general signature system [Merkle79] with enough specificity to ensure
interoperability between implementations.
A signature system provides asymmetric message authentication. The
keygeneration algorithm produces a public/private key pair. A
message is signed by a private key, producing a signature, and a
message/signature pair can be verified by a public key. A OneTime
Signature (OTS) system can be used to sign one message securely but
will become insecure if more than one is signed with the same public/
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private key pair. An Ntime signature system can be used to sign N
or fewer messages securely. A Merkletree signature scheme is an
Ntime signature system that uses an OTS system as a component.
In the Merkle scheme, a binary tree of height h is used to hold 2^h
OTS key pairs. Each interior node of the tree holds a value that is
the hash of the values of its two child nodes. The public key of the
tree is the value of the root node (a recursive hash of the OTS
public keys), while the private key of the tree is the collection of
all the OTS private keys, together with the index of the next OTS
private key to sign the next message with.
In this note, we describe the LeightonMicali Signature (LMS) system
(a variant of the Merkle scheme) with the Hierarchical Signature
System (HSS) built on top of it that allows it to efficiently scale
to larger numbers of signatures. In order to support signing a large
number of messages on resourceconstrained systems, the Merkle tree
can be subdivided into a number of smaller trees. Only the
bottommost tree is used to sign messages, while trees above that are
used to sign the public keys of their children. For example, in the
simplest case with two levels with both levels consisting of height h
trees, the root tree is used to sign 2^h trees with 2^h OTS key
pairs, and each secondlevel tree has 2^h OTS key pairs, for a total
of 2^(2h) bottomlevel key pairs, and so can sign 2^(2h) messages.
The advantage of this scheme is that only the active trees need to be
instantiated, which saves both time (for key generation) and space
(for key storage). On the other hand, using a multilevel signature
scheme increases the size of the signature as well as the signature
verification time.
This note is structured as follows. Notes on postquantum
cryptography are discussed in Section 1.1. Intellectual property
issues are discussed in Section 1.2. The notation used within this
note is defined in Section 3, and the public formats are described in
Section 3.3. The LeightonMicali OneTime Signature (LMOTS) system
is described in Section 4, and the LMS and HSS Ntime signature
systems are described in Sections 5 and 6, respectively. Sufficient
detail is provided to ensure interoperability. The rationale for the
design decisions is given in Section 7. The IANA registry for these
signature systems is described in Section 8. Security considerations
are presented in Section 9. Comparison with another hashbased
signature algorithm (eXtended Merkle Signature Scheme (XMSS)) is in
Section 10.
This document represents the rough consensus of the CFRG.
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1.1. CFRG Note on PostQuantum Cryptography
All postquantum algorithms documented by the Crypto Forum Research
Group (CFRG) are today considered ready for experimentation and
further engineering development (e.g., to establish the impact of
performance and sizes on IETF protocols). However, at the time of
writing, we do not have significant deployment experience with such
algorithms.
Many of these algorithms come with specific restrictions, e.g.,
change of classical interface or less cryptanalysis of proposed
parameters than established schemes. The CFRG has consensus that all
documents describing postquantum technologies include the above
paragraph and a clear additional warning about any specific
restrictions, especially as those might affect use or deployment of
the specific scheme. That guidance may be changed over time via
document updates.
Additionally, for LMS:
CFRG consensus is that we are confident in the cryptographic security
of the signature schemes described in this document against quantum
computers, given the current state of the research community's
knowledge about quantum algorithms. Indeed, we are confident that
the security of a significant part of the Internet could be made
dependent on the signature schemes defined in this document, if
developers take care of the following.
In contrast to traditional signature schemes, the signature schemes
described in this document are stateful, meaning the secret key
changes over time. If a secret key state is used twice, no
cryptographic security guarantees remain. In consequence, it becomes
feasible to forge a signature on a new message. This is a new
property that most developers will not be familiar with and requires
careful handling of secret keys. Developers should not use the
schemes described here except in systems that prevent the reuse of
secret key states.
Note that the fact that the schemes described in this document are
stateful also implies that classical APIs for digital signatures
cannot be used without modification. The API MUST be able to handle
a dynamic secret key state; that is, the API MUST allow the
signaturegeneration algorithm to update the secret key state.
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1.2. Intellectual Property
This document is based on U.S. Patent 5,432,852, which was issued
over twenty years ago and is thus expired.
1.2.1. Disclaimer
This document is not intended as legal advice. Readers are advised
to consult with their own legal advisers if they would like a legal
interpretation of their rights.
The IETF policies and processes regarding intellectual property and
patents are outlined in [RFC8179] and at
.
1.3. Conventions Used in This Document
The key words "MUST", "MUST NOT", "REQUIRED", "SHALL", "SHALL NOT",
"SHOULD", "SHOULD NOT", "RECOMMENDED", "NOT RECOMMENDED", "MAY", and
"OPTIONAL" in this document are to be interpreted as described in
BCP 14 [RFC2119] [RFC8174] when, and only when, they appear in all
capitals, as shown here.
2. Interface
The LMS signing algorithm is stateful; it modifies and updates the
private key as a side effect of generating a signature. Once a
particular value of the private key is used to sign one message, it
MUST NOT be used to sign another.
The keygeneration algorithm takes as input an indication of the
parameters for the signature system. If it is successful, it returns
both a private key and a public key. Otherwise, it returns an
indication of failure.
The signing algorithm takes as input the message to be signed and the
current value of the private key. If successful, it returns a
signature and the next value of the private key, if there is such a
value. After the private key of an Ntime signature system has
signed N messages, the signing algorithm returns the signature and an
indication that there is no next value of the private key that can be
used for signing. If unsuccessful, it returns an indication of
failure.
The verification algorithm takes as input the public key, a message,
and a signature; it returns an indication of whether or not the
signatureandmessage pair is valid.
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A message/signature pair is valid if the signature was returned by
the signing algorithm upon input of the message and the private key
corresponding to the public key; otherwise, the signature and message
pair is not valid with probability very close to one.
3. Notation
3.1. Data Types
Bytes and byte strings are the fundamental data types. A single byte
is denoted as a pair of hexadecimal digits with a leading "0x". A
byte string is an ordered sequence of zero or more bytes and is
denoted as an ordered sequence of hexadecimal characters with a
leading "0x". For example, 0xe534f0 is a byte string with a length
of three. An array of byte strings is an ordered set, indexed
starting at zero, in which all strings have the same length.
Unsigned integers are converted into byte strings by representing
them in network byte order. To make the number of bytes in the
representation explicit, we define the functions u8str(X), u16str(X),
and u32str(X), which take a nonnegative integer X as input and return
one, two, and fourbyte strings, respectively. We also make use of
the function strTou32(S), which takes a fourbyte string S as input
and returns a nonnegative integer; the identity u32str(strTou32(S)) =
S holds for any fourbyte string S.
3.1.1. Operators
When a and b are real numbers, mathematical operators are defined as
follows:
^ : a ^ b denotes the result of a raised to the power of b
* : a * b denotes the product of a multiplied by b
/ : a / b denotes the quotient of a divided by b
% : a % b denotes the remainder of the integer division of a by b
(with a and b being restricted to integers in this case)
+ : a + b denotes the sum of a and b
 : a  b denotes the difference of a and b
AND : a AND b denotes the bitwise AND of the two nonnegative
integers a and b (represented in binary notation)
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The standard order of operations is used when evaluating arithmetic
expressions.
When B is a byte and i is an integer, then B >> i denotes the logical
rightshift operation by i bit positions. Similarly, B << i denotes
the logical leftshift operation.
If S and T are byte strings, then S  T denotes the concatenation of
S and T. If S and T are equallength byte strings, then S AND T
denotes the bitwise logical and operation.
The ith element in an array A is denoted as A[i].
3.1.2. Functions
If r is a nonnegative real number, then we define the following
functions:
ceil(r) : returns the smallest integer greater than or equal to r
floor(r) : returns the largest integer less than or equal to r
lg(r) : returns the base2 logarithm of r
3.1.3. Strings of wBit Elements
If S is a byte string, then byte(S, i) denotes its ith byte, where
the index starts at 0 at the left. Hence, byte(S, 0) is the leftmost
byte of S, byte(S, 1) is the second byte from the left, and (assuming
S is n bytes long) byte(S, n1) is the rightmost byte of S. In
addition, bytes(S, i, j) denotes the range of bytes from the ith to
the jth byte, inclusive. For example, if S = 0x02040608, then
byte(S, 0) is 0x02 and bytes(S, 1, 2) is 0x0406.
A byte string can be considered to be a string of wbit unsigned
integers; the correspondence is defined by the function coef(S, i, w)
as follows:
If S is a string, i is a positive integer, and w is a member of the
set { 1, 2, 4, 8 }, then coef(S, i, w) is the ith, wbit value, if S
is interpreted as a sequence of wbit values. That is,
coef(S, i, w) = (2^w  1) AND
( byte(S, floor(i * w / 8)) >>
(8  (w * (i % (8 / w)) + w)) )
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For example, if S is the string 0x1234, then coef(S, 7, 1) is 0 and
coef(S, 0, 4) is 1.
S (represented as bits)
+++++++++++++++++
 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0
+++++++++++++++++
^

coef(S, 7, 1)
S (represented as fourbit values)
+++++
 1  2  3  4 
+++++
^

coef(S, 0, 4)
The return value of coef is an unsigned integer. If i is larger than
the number of wbit values in S, then coef(S, i, w) is undefined, and
an attempt to compute that value MUST raise an error.
3.2. Typecodes
A typecode is an unsigned integer that is associated with a
particular data format. The format of the LMOTS, LMS, and HSS
signatures and public keys all begin with a typecode that indicates
the precise details used in that format. These typecodes are
represented as fourbyte unsigned integers in network byte order;
equivalently, they are External Data Representation (XDR)
enumerations (see Section 3.3).
3.3. Notation and Formats
The signature and public key formats are formally defined in XDR to
provide an unambiguous, machinereadable definition [RFC4506]. The
private key format is not included as it is not needed for
interoperability and an implementation MAY use any private key
format. However, for clarity, we include an example of private key
data in Test Case 2 of Appendix F. Though XDR is used, these formats
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are simple and easy to parse without any special tools. An
illustration of the layout of data in these objects is provided
below. The definitions are as follows:
/* onetime signatures */
enum lmots_algorithm_type {
lmots_reserved = 0,
lmots_sha256_n32_w1 = 1,
lmots_sha256_n32_w2 = 2,
lmots_sha256_n32_w4 = 3,
lmots_sha256_n32_w8 = 4
};
typedef opaque bytestring32[32];
struct lmots_signature_n32_p265 {
bytestring32 C;
bytestring32 y[265];
};
struct lmots_signature_n32_p133 {
bytestring32 C;
bytestring32 y[133];
};
struct lmots_signature_n32_p67 {
bytestring32 C;
bytestring32 y[67];
};
struct lmots_signature_n32_p34 {
bytestring32 C;
bytestring32 y[34];
};
union lmots_signature switch (lmots_algorithm_type type) {
case lmots_sha256_n32_w1:
lmots_signature_n32_p265 sig_n32_p265;
case lmots_sha256_n32_w2:
lmots_signature_n32_p133 sig_n32_p133;
case lmots_sha256_n32_w4:
lmots_signature_n32_p67 sig_n32_p67;
case lmots_sha256_n32_w8:
lmots_signature_n32_p34 sig_n32_p34;
default:
void; /* error condition */
};
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/* hashbased signatures (hbs) */
enum lms_algorithm_type {
lms_reserved = 0,
lms_sha256_n32_h5 = 5,
lms_sha256_n32_h10 = 6,
lms_sha256_n32_h15 = 7,
lms_sha256_n32_h20 = 8,
lms_sha256_n32_h25 = 9
};
/* leightonmicali signatures (lms) */
union lms_path switch (lms_algorithm_type type) {
case lms_sha256_n32_h5:
bytestring32 path_n32_h5[5];
case lms_sha256_n32_h10:
bytestring32 path_n32_h10[10];
case lms_sha256_n32_h15:
bytestring32 path_n32_h15[15];
case lms_sha256_n32_h20:
bytestring32 path_n32_h20[20];
case lms_sha256_n32_h25:
bytestring32 path_n32_h25[25];
default:
void; /* error condition */
};
struct lms_signature {
unsigned int q;
lmots_signature lmots_sig;
lms_path nodes;
};
struct lms_key_n32 {
lmots_algorithm_type ots_alg_type;
opaque I[16];
opaque K[32];
};
union lms_public_key switch (lms_algorithm_type type) {
case lms_sha256_n32_h5:
case lms_sha256_n32_h10:
case lms_sha256_n32_h15:
case lms_sha256_n32_h20:
case lms_sha256_n32_h25:
lms_key_n32 z_n32;
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default:
void; /* error condition */
};
/* hierarchical signature system (hss) */
struct hss_public_key {
unsigned int L;
lms_public_key pub;
};
struct signed_public_key {
lms_signature sig;
lms_public_key pub;
};
struct hss_signature {
signed_public_key signed_keys<7>;
lms_signature sig_of_message;
};
4. LMOTS OneTime Signatures
This section defines LMOTS signatures. The signature is used to
validate the authenticity of a message by associating a secret
private key with a shared public key. These are onetime signatures;
each private key MUST be used at most one time to sign any given
message.
As part of the signing process, a digest of the original message is
computed using the cryptographic hash function H (see Section 4.1),
and the resulting digest is signed.
In order to facilitate its use in an Ntime signature system, the
LMOTS key generation, signing, and verification algorithms all take
as input parameters I and q. The parameter I is a 16byte string
that indicates which Merkle tree this LMOTS is used with. The
parameter q is a 32bit integer that indicates the leaf of the Merkle
tree where the OTS public key appears. These parameters are used as
part of the security string, as listed in Section 7.1. When the
LMOTS signature system is used outside of an Ntime signature
system, the value I MAY be used to differentiate this onetime
signature from others; however, the value q MUST be set to the all
zero value.
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4.1. Parameters
The signature system uses the parameters n and w, which are both
positive integers. The algorithm description also makes use of the
internal parameters p and ls, which are dependent on n and w. These
parameters are summarized as follows:
n : the number of bytes of the output of the hash function.
w : the width (in bits) of the Winternitz coefficients; that is,
the number of bits from the hash or checksum that is used with a
single Winternitz chain. It is a member of the set
{ 1, 2, 4, 8 }.
p : the number of nbyte string elements that make up the LMOTS
signature. This is a function of n and w; the values for the
defined parameter sets are listed in Table 1; it can also be
computed by the algorithm given in Appendix B.
ls : the number of leftshift bits used in the checksum function
Cksm (defined in Section 4.4).
H : a secondpreimageresistant cryptographic hash function that
accepts byte strings of any length and returns an nbyte string.
For more background on the cryptographic security requirements for H,
see Section 9.
The value of n is determined by the hash function selected for use as
part of the LMOTS algorithm; the choice of this value has a strong
effect on the security of the system. The parameter w determines the
length of the Winternitz chains computed as a part of the OTS
signature (which involve 2^w  1 invocations of the hash function);
it has little effect on security. Increasing w will shorten the
signature, but at a cost of a larger computation to generate and
verify a signature. The values of p and ls are dependent on the
choices of the parameters n and w, as described in Appendix B.
Table 1 illustrates various combinations of n, w, p and ls, along
with the resulting signature length.
The value of w describes a space/time tradeoff; increasing the value
of w will cause the signature to shrink (by decreasing the value of
p) while increasing the amount of time needed to perform operations
with it: generate the public key and generate and verify the
signature. In general, the LMOTS signature is 4+n*(p+1) bytes long,
and public key generation will take p*(2^w  1) + 1 hash computations
(and signature generation and verification will take approximately
half that on average).
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++++++++
 Parameter Set Name  H  n  w  p  ls  sig_len 
++++++++
 LMOTS_SHA256_N32_W1  SHA256  32  1  265  7  8516 
       
 LMOTS_SHA256_N32_W2  SHA256  32  2  133  6  4292 
       
 LMOTS_SHA256_N32_W4  SHA256  32  4  67  4  2180 
       
 LMOTS_SHA256_N32_W8  SHA256  32  8  34  0  1124 
++++++++
Table 1
Here SHA256 denotes the SHA256 hash function defined in NIST
standard [FIPS180].
4.2. Private Key
The format of the LMOTS private key is an internal matter to the
implementation, and this document does not attempt to define it. One
possibility is that the private key may consist of a typecode
indicating the particular LMOTS algorithm, an array x[] containing p
nbyte strings, and the 16byte string I and the 4byte string q.
This private key MUST be used to sign (at most) one message. The
following algorithm shows pseudocode for generating a private key.
Algorithm 0: Generating a Private Key
1. Retrieve the values of q and I (the 16byte identifier of the
LMS public/private key pair) from the LMS tree that this LMOTS
private key will be used with
2. Set type to the typecode of the algorithm
3. Set n and p according to the typecode and Table 1
4. Compute the array x as follows:
for ( i = 0; i < p; i = i + 1 ) {
set x[i] to a uniformly random nbyte string
}
5. Return u32str(type)  I  u32str(q)  x[0]  x[1]  ...
 x[p1]
An implementation MAY use a pseudorandom method to compute x[i], as
suggested in [Merkle79], page 46. The details of the pseudorandom
method do not affect interoperability, but the cryptographic strength
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MUST match that of the LMOTS algorithm. Appendix A provides an
example of a pseudorandom method for computing the LMOTS private
key.
4.3. Public Key
The LMOTS public key is generated from the private key by
iteratively applying the function H to each individual element of x,
for 2^w  1 iterations, then hashing all of the resulting values.
The public key is generated from the private key using the following
algorithm, or any equivalent process.
Algorithm 1: Generating a OneTime Signature Public Key From a
Private Key
1. Set type to the typecode of the algorithm
2. Set the integers n, p, and w according to the typecode and
Table 1
3. Determine x, I, and q from the private key
4. Compute the string K as follows:
for ( i = 0; i < p; i = i + 1 ) {
tmp = x[i]
for ( j = 0; j < 2^w  1; j = j + 1 ) {
tmp = H(I  u32str(q)  u16str(i)  u8str(j)  tmp)
}
y[i] = tmp
}
K = H(I  u32str(q)  u16str(D_PBLC)  y[0]  ...  y[p1])
5. Return u32str(type)  I  u32str(q)  K
where D_PBLC is the fixed twobyte value 0x8080, which is used to
distinguish the last hash from every other hash in this system.
The public key is the value returned by Algorithm 1.
4.4. Checksum
A checksum is used to ensure that any forgery attempt that
manipulates the elements of an existing signature will be detected.
This checksum is needed because an attacker can freely advance any of
the Winternitz chains. That is, if this checksum were not present,
then an attacker who could find a hash that has every digit larger
than the valid hash could replace it (and adjust the Winternitz
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chains). The security property that the checksum provides is
detailed in Section 9. The checksum function Cksm is defined as
follows, where S denotes the nbyte string that is input to that
function, and the value sum is a 16bit unsigned integer:
Algorithm 2: Checksum Calculation
sum = 0
for ( i = 0; i < (n*8/w); i = i + 1 ) {
sum = sum + (2^w  1)  coef(S, i, w)
}
return (sum << ls)
ls is the parameter that shifts the significant bits of the checksum
into the positions that will actually be used by the coef function
when encoding the digits of the checksum. The actual ls parameter is
a function of the n and w parameters; the values for the currently
defined parameter sets are shown in Table 1. It is calculated by the
algorithm given in Appendix B.
Because of the leftshift operation, the rightmost bits of the result
of Cksm will often be zeros. Due to the value of p, these bits will
not be used during signature generation or verification.
4.5. Signature Generation
The LMOTS signature of a message is generated by doing the following
in sequence: prepending the LMS key identifier I, the LMS leaf
identifier q, the value D_MESG (0x8181), and the randomizer C to the
message; computing the hash; concatenating the checksum of the hash
to the hash itself; considering the resulting value as a sequence of
wbit values; and using each of the wbit values to determine the
number of times to apply the function H to the corresponding element
of the private key. The outputs of the function H are concatenated
together and returned as the signature. The pseudocode for this
procedure is shown below.
Algorithm 3: Generating a OneTime Signature From a Private Key and a
Message
1. Set type to the typecode of the algorithm
2. Set n, p, and w according to the typecode and Table 1
3. Determine x, I, and q from the private key
4. Set C to a uniformly random nbyte string
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5. Compute the array y as follows:
Q = H(I  u32str(q)  u16str(D_MESG)  C  message)
for ( i = 0; i < p; i = i + 1 ) {
a = coef(Q  Cksm(Q), i, w)
tmp = x[i]
for ( j = 0; j < a; j = j + 1 ) {
tmp = H(I  u32str(q)  u16str(i)  u8str(j)  tmp)
}
y[i] = tmp
}
6. Return u32str(type)  C  y[0]  ...  y[p1]
Note that this algorithm results in a signature whose elements are
intermediate values of the elements computed by the public key
algorithm in Section 4.3.
The signature is the string returned by Algorithm 3. Section 3.3
formally defines the structure of the string as the lmots_signature
union.
4.6. Signature Verification
In order to verify a message with its signature (an array of nbyte
strings, denoted as y), the receiver must "complete" the chain of
iterations of H using the wbit coefficients of the string resulting
from the concatenation of the message hash and its checksum. This
computation should result in a value that matches the provided public
key.
Algorithm 4a: Verifying a Signature and Message Using a Public Key
1. If the public key is not at least four bytes long,
return INVALID.
2. Parse pubtype, I, q, and K from the public key as follows:
a. pubtype = strTou32(first 4 bytes of public key)
b. Set n according to the pubkey and Table 1; if the public key
is not exactly 24 + n bytes long, return INVALID.
c. I = next 16 bytes of public key
d. q = strTou32(next 4 bytes of public key)
e. K = next n bytes of public key
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3. Compute the public key candidate Kc from the signature,
message, pubtype, and the identifiers I and q obtained from the
public key, using Algorithm 4b. If Algorithm 4b returns
INVALID, then return INVALID.
4. If Kc is equal to K, return VALID; otherwise, return INVALID.
Algorithm 4b: Computing a Public Key Candidate Kc from a Signature,
Message, Signature Typecode pubtype, and Identifiers I, q
1. If the signature is not at least four bytes long,
return INVALID.
2. Parse sigtype, C, and y from the signature as follows:
a. sigtype = strTou32(first 4 bytes of signature)
b. If sigtype is not equal to pubtype, return INVALID.
c. Set n and p according to the pubtype and Table 1; if the
signature is not exactly 4 + n * (p+1) bytes long,
return INVALID.
d. C = next n bytes of signature
e. y[0] = next n bytes of signature
y[1] = next n bytes of signature
...
y[p1] = next n bytes of signature
3. Compute the string Kc as follows:
Q = H(I  u32str(q)  u16str(D_MESG)  C  message)
for ( i = 0; i < p; i = i + 1 ) {
a = coef(Q  Cksm(Q), i, w)
tmp = y[i]
for ( j = a; j < 2^w  1; j = j + 1 ) {
tmp = H(I  u32str(q)  u16str(i)  u8str(j)  tmp)
}
z[i] = tmp
}
Kc = H(I  u32str(q)  u16str(D_PBLC) 
z[0]  z[1]  ...  z[p1])
4. Return Kc.
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5. LeightonMicali Signatures
The LeightonMicali Signature (LMS) method can sign a potentially
large but fixed number of messages. An LMS system uses two
cryptographic components: a onetime signature method and a hash
function. Each LMS public/private key pair is associated with a
perfect binary tree, each node of which contains an mbyte value,
where m is the output length of the hash function. Each leaf of the
tree contains the value of the public key of an LMOTS public/private
key pair. The value contained by the root of the tree is the LMS
public key. Each interior node is computed by applying the hash
function to the concatenation of the values of its children nodes.
Each node of the tree is associated with a node number, an unsigned
integer that is denoted as node_num in the algorithms below, which is
computed as follows. The root node has node number 1; for each node
with node number N < 2^h (where h is the height of the tree), its
left child has node number 2*N, while its right child has node number
2*N + 1. The result of this is that each node within the tree will
have a unique node number, and the leaves will have node numbers 2^h,
(2^h)+1, (2^h)+2, ..., (2^h)+(2^h)1. In general, the jth node at
level i has node number 2^i + j. The node number can conveniently be
computed when it is needed in the LMS algorithms, as described in
those algorithms.
5.1. Parameters
An LMS system has the following parameters:
h : the height of the tree
m : the number of bytes associated with each node
H : a secondpreimageresistant cryptographic hash function that
accepts byte strings of any length and returns an mbyte string.
There are 2^h leaves in the tree.
The overall strength of LMS signatures is governed by the weaker of
the hash function used within the LMOTS and the hash function used
within the LMS system. In order to minimize the risk, these two hash
functions SHOULD be the same (so that an attacker could not take
advantage of the weaker hash function choice).
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+++++
 Name  H  m  h 
+++++
 LMS_SHA256_M32_H5  SHA256  32  5 
    
 LMS_SHA256_M32_H10  SHA256  32  10 
    
 LMS_SHA256_M32_H15  SHA256  32  15 
    
 LMS_SHA256_M32_H20  SHA256  32  20 
    
 LMS_SHA256_M32_H25  SHA256  32  25 
+++++
Table 2
5.2. LMS Private Key
The format of the LMS private key is an internal matter to the
implementation, and this document does not attempt to define it. One
possibility is that it may consist of an array OTS_PRIV[] of 2^h
LMOTS private keys and the leaf number q of the next LMOTS private
key that has not yet been used. The qth element of OTS_PRIV[] is
generated using Algorithm 0 with the identifiers I, q. The leaf
number q is initialized to zero when the LMS private key is created.
The process is as follows:
Algorithm 5: Computing an LMS Private Key.
1. Determine h and m from the typecode and Table 2.
2. Set I to a uniformly random 16byte string.
3. Compute the array OTS_PRIV[] as follows:
for ( q = 0; q < 2^h; q = q + 1) {
OTS_PRIV[q] = LMOTS private key with identifiers I, q
}
4. q = 0
An LMS private key MAY be generated pseudorandomly from a secret
value; in this case, the secret value MUST be at least m bytes long
and uniformly random and MUST NOT be used for any other purpose than
the generation of the LMS private key. The details of how this
process is done do not affect interoperability; that is, the public
key verification operation is independent of these details.
Appendix A provides an example of a pseudorandom method for computing
an LMS private key.
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The signaturegeneration logic uses q as the next leaf to use; hence,
step 4 starts it off at the leftmost leaf. Because the signature
process increments q after the signature operation, the first
signature will have q=0.
5.3. LMS Public Key
An LMS public key is defined as follows, where we denote the public
key final hash value (namely, the K value computed in Algorithm 1)
associated with the ith LMOTS private key as OTS_PUB_HASH[i], with
i ranging from 0 to (2^h)1. Each instance of an LMS public/private
key pair is associated with a balanced binary tree, and the nodes of
that tree are indexed from 1 to 2^(h+1)1. Each node is associated
with an mbyte string. The string for the rth node is denoted as
T[r] and defined as
if r >= 2^h:
H(Iu32str(r)u16str(D_LEAF)OTS_PUB_HASH[r2^h])
else
H(Iu32str(r)u16str(D_INTR)T[2*r]T[2*r+1])
where D_LEAF is the fixed twobyte value 0x8282 and D_INTR is the
fixed twobyte value 0x8383, both of which are used to distinguish
this hash from every other hash in this system.
When we have r >= 2^h, then we are processing a leaf node (and thus
hashing only a single LMOTS public key). When we have r < 2^h, then
we are processing an internal node  that is, a node with two child
nodes that we need to combine.
The LMS public key can be represented as the byte string
u32str(type)  u32str(otstype)  I  T[1]
Section 3.3 specifies the format of the type variable. The value
otstype is the parameter set for the LMOTS public/private key pairs
used. The value I is the private key identifier and is the value
used for all computations for the same LMS tree. The value T[1] can
be computed via recursive application of the above equation or by any
equivalent method. An iterative procedure is outlined in Appendix C.
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5.4. LMS Signature
An LMS signature consists of
the number q of the leaf associated with the LMOTS signature, as
a fourbyte unsigned integer in network byte order, an LMOTS
signature,
a typecode indicating the particular LMS algorithm,
an array of h mbyte values that is associated with the path
through the tree from the leaf associated with the LMOTS
signature to the root.
Symbolically, the signature can be represented as
u32str(q)  lmots_signature  u32str(type) 
path[0]  path[1]  path[2]  ...  path[h1]
Section 3.3 formally defines the format of the signature as the
lms_signature structure. The array for a tree with height h will
have h values and contains the values of the siblings of (that is, is
adjacent to) the nodes on the path from the leaf to the root, where
the sibling to node A is the other node that shares node A's parent.
In the signature, 0 is counted from the bottom level of the tree, and
so path[0] is the value of the node adjacent to leaf node q; path[1]
is the secondlevel node that is adjacent to leaf node q's parent,
and so on up the tree until we get to path[h1], which is the value
of the nexttothetoplevel node whose branch the leaf node q does
not reside in.
Below is a simple example of the authentication path for h=3 and q=2.
The leaf marked OTS is the onetime signature that is used to sign
the actual message. The nodes on the path from the OTS public key to
the root are marked with a *, while the nodes that are used within
the path array are marked with **. The values in the path array are
those nodes that are siblings of the nodes on the path; path[0] is
the leaf** node that is adjacent to the OTS public key (which is the
start of the path); path[1] is the T[4]** node that is the sibling of
the second node T[5]* on the path, and path[2] is the T[3]** node
that is the sibling of the third node T[2]* on the path.
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Root


 
T[2]* T[3]**
 
 
   
T[4]** T[5]* T[6] T[7]
   
   
       
leaf leaf OTS leaf** leaf leaf leaf leaf
The idea behind this authentication path is that it allows us to
validate the OTS hash with using h path array values and hash
computations. What the verifier does is recompute the hashes up the
path; first, it hashes the given OTS and path[0] value, giving a
tentative T[5]' value. Then, it hashes its path[1] and tentative
T[5]' value to get a tentative T[2]' value. Then, it hashes that and
the path[2] value to get a tentative Root' value. If that value is
the known public key of the Merkle tree, then we can assume that the
value T[2]' it got was the correct T[2] value in the original tree,
and so the T[5]' value it got was the correct T[5] value in the
original tree, and so the OTS public key is the same as in the
original and, hence, is correct.
5.4.1. LMS Signature Generation
To compute the LMS signature of a message with an LMS private key,
the signer first computes the LMOTS signature of the message using
the leaf number of the next unused LMOTS private key. The leaf
number q in the signature is set to the leaf number of the LMS
private key that was used in the signature. Before releasing the
signature, the leaf number q in the LMS private key MUST be
incremented to prevent the LMOTS private key from being used again.
If the LMS private key is maintained in nonvolatile memory, then the
implementation MUST ensure that the incremented value has been stored
before releasing the signature. The issue this tries to prevent is a
scenario where a) we generate a signature using one LMOTS private
key and release it to the application, b) before we update the
nonvolatile memory, we crash, and c) we reboot and generate a second
signature using the same LMOTS private key. With two different
signatures using the same LMOTS private key, an attacker could
potentially generate a forged signature of a third message.
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The array of node values in the signature MAY be computed in any way.
There are many potential time/storage tradeoffs that can be applied.
The fastest alternative is to store all of the nodes of the tree and
set the array in the signature by copying them; pseudocode to do so
appears in Appendix D. The least storageintensive alternative is to
recompute all of the nodes for each signature. Note that the details
of this procedure are not important for interoperability; it is not
necessary to know any of these details in order to perform the
signatureverification operation. The internal nodes of the tree
need not be kept secret, and thus a nodecaching scheme that stores
only internal nodes can sidestep the need for strong protections.
Several useful time/storage tradeoffs are described in the "Small
Memory LM Schemes" section of [USPTO5432852].
5.4.2. LMS Signature Verification
An LMS signature is verified by first using the LMOTS signature
verification algorithm (Algorithm 4b) to compute the LMOTS public
key from the LMOTS signature and the message. The value of that
public key is then assigned to the associated leaf of the LMS tree,
and then the root of the tree is computed from the leaf value and the
array path[] as described in Algorithm 6 below. If the root value
matches the public key, then the signature is valid; otherwise, the
signature verification fails.
Algorithm 6: LMS Signature Verification
1. If the public key is not at least eight bytes long, return
INVALID.
2. Parse pubtype, I, and T[1] from the public key as follows:
a. pubtype = strTou32(first 4 bytes of public key)
b. ots_typecode = strTou32(next 4 bytes of public key)
c. Set m according to pubtype, based on Table 2.
d. If the public key is not exactly 24 + m bytes
long, return INVALID.
e. I = next 16 bytes of the public key
f. T[1] = next m bytes of the public key
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3. Compute the LMS Public Key Candidate Tc from the signature,
message, identifier, pubtype, and ots_typecode, using
Algorithm 6a.
4. If Tc is equal to T[1], return VALID; otherwise, return INVALID.
Algorithm 6a: Computing an LMS Public Key Candidate from a Signature,
Message, Identifier, and Algorithm Typecodes
1. If the signature is not at least eight bytes long,
return INVALID.
2. Parse sigtype, q, lmots_signature, and path from the signature
as follows:
a. q = strTou32(first 4 bytes of signature)
b. otssigtype = strTou32(next 4 bytes of signature)
c. If otssigtype is not the OTS typecode from the public key,
return INVALID.
d. Set n, p according to otssigtype and Table 1; if the
signature is not at least 12 + n * (p + 1) bytes long,
return INVALID.
e. lmots_signature = bytes 4 through 7 + n * (p + 1)
of signature
f. sigtype = strTou32(bytes 8 + n * (p + 1)) through
11 + n * (p + 1) of signature)
g. If sigtype is not the LM typecode from the public key,
return INVALID.
h. Set m, h according to sigtype and Table 2.
i. If q >= 2^h or the signature is not exactly
12 + n * (p + 1) + m * h bytes long,
return INVALID.
j. Set path as follows:
path[0] = next m bytes of signature
path[1] = next m bytes of signature
...
path[h1] = next m bytes of signature
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3. Kc = candidate public key computed by applying Algorithm 4b
to the signature lmots_signature, the message, and the
identifiers I, q
4. Compute the candidate LMS root value Tc as follows:
node_num = 2^h + q
tmp = H(I  u32str(node_num)  u16str(D_LEAF)  Kc)
i = 0
while (node_num > 1) {
if (node_num is odd):
tmp = H(Iu32str(node_num/2)u16str(D_INTR)path[i]tmp)
else:
tmp = H(Iu32str(node_num/2)u16str(D_INTR)tmppath[i])
node_num = node_num/2
i = i + 1
}
Tc = tmp
5. Return Tc.
6. Hierarchical Signatures
In scenarios where it is necessary to minimize the time taken by the
public key generation process, the Hierarchical Signature System
(HSS) can be used. This hierarchical scheme, which we describe in
this section, uses the LMS scheme as a component. In HSS, we have a
sequence of L LMS trees, where the public key for the first LMS tree
is included in the public key of the HSS system, each LMS private key
signs the next LMS public key, and the last LMS private key signs the
actual message. For example, if we have a threelevel hierarchy
(L=3), then to sign a message, we would have:
The first LMS private key (level 0) signs a level 1 LMS public
key.
The second LMS private key (level 1) signs a level 2 LMS public
key.
The third LMS private key (level 2) signs the message.
The root of the level 0 LMS tree is contained in the HSS public key.
To verify the LMS signature, we would verify all the signatures:
We would verify that the level 1 LMS public key is correctly
signed by the level 0 signature.
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We would verify that the level 2 LMS public key is correctly
signed by the level 1 signature.
We would verify that the message is correctly signed by the level
2 signature.
We would accept the HSS signature only if all the signatures
validated.
During the signaturegeneration process, we sign messages with the
lowest (level L1) LMS tree. Once we have used all the leafs in that
tree to sign messages, we would discard it, generate a fresh LMS
tree, and sign it with the next (level L2) LMS tree (and when that
is used up, recursively generate and sign a fresh level L2 LMS
tree).
HSS, in essence, utilizes a tree of LMS trees. There is a single LMS
tree at level 0 (the root). Each LMS tree (actually, the private key
corresponding to the LMS tree) at level i is used to sign 2^h objects
(where h is the height of trees at level i). If i < L1, then each
object will be another LMS tree (actually, the public key) at level
i+1; if i = L1, we've reached the bottom of the HSS tree, and so
each object will be a message from the application. The HSS public
key contains the public key of the LMS tree at the root, and an HSS
signature is associated with a path from the root of the HSS tree to
the leaf.
Compared to LMS, HSS has a much reduced public key generation time,
as only the root tree needs to be generated prior to the distribution
of the HSS public key. For example, an L=3 tree (with h=10 at each
level) would have one level 0 LMS tree, 2^10 level 1 LMS trees (with
each such level 1 public key signed by one of the 1024 level 0 OTS
public keys), and 2^20 level 2 LMS trees. Only 1024 OTS public keys
need to be computed to generate the HSS public key (as you need to
compute only the level 0 LMS tree to compute that value; you can, of
course, decide to compute the initial level 1 and level 2 LMS trees).
In addition, the 2^20 level 2 LMS trees can jointly sign a total of
over a billion messages. In contrast, a single LMS tree that could
sign a billion messages would require a billion OTS public keys to be
computed first (if h=30 were allowed in a supported parameter set).
Each LMS tree within the hierarchy is associated with a distinct LMS
public key, private key, signature, and identifier. The number of
levels is denoted as L and is between one and eight, inclusive. The
following notation is used, where i is an integer between 0 and L1
inclusive, and the root of the hierarchy is level 0:
prv[i] is the current LMS private key of the ith level.
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pub[i] is the current LMS public key of the ith level, as
described in Section 5.3.
sig[i] is the LMS signature of public key pub[i+1] generated using
the private key prv[i].
It is expected that the above arrays are maintained for the course of
the HSS key. The contents of the prv[] array MUST be kept private;
the pub[] and sig[] array may be revealed should the implementation
find that convenient.
In this section, we say that an Ntime private key is exhausted when
it has generated N signatures; thus, it can no longer be used for
signing.
For i > 0, the values prv[i], pub[i], and (for all values of i)
sig[i] will be updated over time as private keys are exhausted and
replaced by newer keys.
When these key pairs are updated (or initially generated before the
first message is signed), then the LMS key generation processes
outlined in Sections 5.2 and 5.3 are performed. If the generated key
pairs are for level i of the HSS hierarchy, then we store the public
key in pub[i] and the private key in prv[i]. In addition, if i > 0,
then we sign the generated public key with the LMS private key at
level i1, placing the signature into sig[i1]. When the LMS key
pair is generated, the key pair and the corresponding identifier MUST
be generated independently of all other key pairs.
HSS allows L=1, in which case the HSS public key and signature
formats are essentially the LMS public key and signature formats,
prepended by a fixed field. Since HSS with L=1 has very little
overhead compared to LMS, all implementations MUST support HSS in
order to maximize interoperability.
We specifically allow different LMS levels to use different parameter
sets. For example, the 0th LMS public key (the root) may use the
LMS_SHA256_M32_H15 parameter set, while the 1th public key may use
LMS_SHA256_M32_H10. There are practical reasons to allow this; for
one, the signer may decide to store parts of the 0th LMS tree (that
it needs to construct while computing the public key) to accelerate
later operations. As the 0th tree is never updated, these internal
nodes will never need to be recomputed. In addition, during the
signaturegeneration operation, almost all the operations involved
with updating the authentication path occur with the bottom (L1th)
LMS public key; hence, it may be useful to select the parameter set
for that public key to have a shorter LMS tree.
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A close reading of the HSS verification pseudocode shows that it
would allow the parameters of the nontop LMS public keys to change
over time; for example, the signer might initially have the 1th LMS
public key use the LMS_SHA256_M32_H10 parameter set, but when that
tree is exhausted, the signer might replace it with an LMS public key
that uses the LMS_SHA256_M32_H15 parameter set. While this would
work with the example verification pseudocode, the signer MUST NOT
change the parameter sets for a specific level. This prohibition is
to support verifiers that may keep state over the course of several
signature verifications.
6.1. Key Generation
The public key of the HSS scheme consists of the number of levels L,
followed by pub[0], the public key of the top level.
The HSS private key consists of prv[0], ... , prv[L1], along with
the associated pub[0], ... pub[L1] and sig[0], ..., sig[L2] values.
As stated earlier, the values of the pub[] and sig[] arrays need not
be kept secret and may be revealed. The value of pub[0] does not
change (and, except for the index q, the value of prv[0] need not
change); however, the values of pub[i] and prv[i] are dynamic for i >
0 and are changed by the signaturegeneration algorithm.
During the key generation, the public and private keys are
initialized. Here is some pseudocode that explains the key
generation logic:
Algorithm 7: Generating an HSS Key Pair
1. Generate an LMS key pair, as specified in Sections 5.2 and 5.3,
placing the private key into priv[0], and the public key into
pub[0]
2. For i = 1 to L1 do {
generate an LMS key pair, placing the private key into priv[i]
and the public key into pub[i]
sig[i1] = lms_signature( pub[i], priv[i1] )
}
3. Return u32str(L)  pub[0] as the public key and the priv[],
pub[], and sig[] arrays as the private key
In the above algorithm, each LMS public/private key pair generated
MUST be generated independently.
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Note that the value of the public key does not depend on the
execution of step 2. As a result, an implementation may decide to
delay step 2 until later  for example, during the initial
signaturegeneration operation.
6.2. Signature Generation
To sign a message using an HSS key pair, the following steps are
performed:
If prv[L1] is exhausted, then determine the smallest integer d
such that all of the private keys prv[d], prv[d+1], ... , prv[L1]
are exhausted. If d is equal to zero, then the HSS key pair is
exhausted, and it MUST NOT generate any more signatures.
Otherwise, the key pairs for levels d through L1 must be
regenerated during the signaturegeneration process, as follows.
For i from d to L1, a new LMS public and private key pair with a
new identifier is generated, pub[i] and prv[i] are set to those
values, then the public key pub[i] is signed with prv[i1], and
sig[i1] is set to the resulting value.
The message is signed with prv[L1], and the value sig[L1] is set
to that result.
The value of the HSS signature is set as follows. We let
signed_pub_key denote an array of octet strings, where
signed_pub_key[i] = sig[i]  pub[i+1], for i between 0 and
Nspk1, inclusive, where Nspk = L1 denotes the number of signed
public keys. Then the HSS signature is u32str(Nspk) 
signed_pub_key[0]  ...  signed_pub_key[Nspk1]  sig[Nspk].
Note that the number of signed_pub_key elements in the signature
is indicated by the value Nspk that appears in the initial four
bytes of the signature.
Here is some pseudocode of the above logic:
Algorithm 8: Generating an HSS signature
1. If the messagesigning key prv[L1] is exhausted, regenerate
that key pair, together with any parent key pairs that might
be necessary.
If the root key pair is exhausted, then the HSS key pair is
exhausted and MUST NOT generate any more signatures.
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d = L
while (prv[d1].q == 2^(prv[d1].h)) {
d = d  1
if (d == 0)
return FAILURE
}
while (d < L) {
create lms key pair pub[d], prv[d]
sig[d1] = lms_signature( pub[d], prv[d1] )
d = d + 1
}
2. Sign the message.
sig[L1] = lms_signature( msg, prv[L1] )
3. Create the list of signed public keys.
i = 0;
while (i < L1) {
signed_pub_key[i] = sig[i]  pub[i+1]
i = i + 1
}
4. Return u32str(L1)  signed_pub_key[0]  ...
 signed_pub_key[L2]  sig[L1]
In the specific case of L=1, the format of an HSS signature is
u32str(0)  sig[0]
In the general case, the format of an HSS signature is
u32str(Nspk)  signed_pub_key[0]  ...
 signed_pub_key[Nspk1]  sig[Nspk]
which is equivalent to
u32str(Nspk)  sig[0]  pub[1]  ...
 sig[Nspk1]  pub[Nspk]  sig[Nspk]
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6.3. Signature Verification
To verify a signature S and message using the public key pub, perform
the following steps:
The signature S is parsed into its components as follows:
Nspk = strTou32(first four bytes of S)
if Nspk+1 is not equal to the number of levels L in pub:
return INVALID
for (i = 0; i < Nspk; i = i + 1) {
siglist[i] = next LMS signature parsed from S
publist[i] = next LMS public key parsed from S
}
siglist[Nspk] = next LMS signature parsed from S
key = pub
for (i = 0; i < Nspk; i = i + 1) {
sig = siglist[i]
msg = publist[i]
if (lms_verify(msg, key, sig) != VALID):
return INVALID
key = msg
}
return lms_verify(message, key, siglist[Nspk])
Since the length of an LMS signature cannot be known without parsing
it, the HSS signature verification algorithm makes use of an LMS
signature parsing routine that takes as input a string consisting of
an LMS signature with an arbitrary string appended to it and returns
both the LMS signature and the appended string. The latter is passed
on for further processing.
6.4. Parameter Set Recommendations
As for guidance as to the number of LMS levels and the size of each,
any discussion of performance is implementation specific. In
general, the sole drawback for a single LMS tree is the time it takes
to generate the public key; as every LMOTS public key needs to be
generated, the time this takes can be substantial. For a twolevel
tree, only the toplevel LMS tree and the initial bottomlevel LMS
tree need to be generated initially (before the first signature is
generated); this will in general be significantly quicker.
To give a general idea of the tradeoffs available, we include some
measurements taken with the LMS implementation available at
, taken on a 3.3 GHz Xeon
processor with threading enabled. We tried various parameter sets,
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all with W=8 (which minimizes signature size, while increasing time).
These are here to give a guideline as to what's possible; for the
computational time, your mileage may vary, depending on the computing
resources you have. The machine these tests were performed on does
not have the SHA256 extensions; you could possibly do significantly
better.
+++++
 ParmSet  KeyGenTime  SigSize  KeyLifetime 
+++++
 15  6 sec  1616  30 seconds 
    
 20  3 min  1776  16 minutes 
    
 25  1.5 hour  1936  9 hours 
    
 15/10  6 sec  3172  9 hours 
    
 15/15  6 sec  3332  12 days 
    
 20/10  3 min  3332  12 days 
    
 20/15  3 min  3492  1 year 
    
 25/10  1.5 hour  3492  1 year 
    
 25/15  1.5 hour  3652  34 years 
+++++
Table 3
ParmSet: this is the height of the Merkle tree(s); parameter sets
listed as a single integer have L=1 and consist of a single Merkle
tree of that height; parameter sets with L=2 are listed as x/y,
with x being the height of the toplevel Merkle tree and y being
the bottom level.
KeyGenTime: the measured keygeneration time; that is, the time
needed to generate the public/private key pair.
SigSize: the size of a signature (in bytes)
KeyLifetime: the lifetime of a key, assuming we generated 1000
signatures per second. In practice, we're not likely to get
anywhere close to 1000 signatures per second sustained; if you
have a more appropriate figure for your scenario, this column is
easy to recompute.
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As for signature generation or verification times, those are
moderately insensitive to the above parameter settings (except for
the Winternitz setting and the number of Merkle trees for
verification). Tests on the same machine (without multithreading)
gave approximately 4 msec to sign a short message, 2.6 msec to
verify; these tests used a twolevel ParmSet; a single level would
approximately halve the verification time. All times can be
significantly improved (by perhaps a factor of 8) by using a
parameter set with W=4; however, that also about doubles the
signature size.
7. Rationale
The goal of this note is to describe the LMOTS, LMS, and HSS
algorithms following the original references and present the modern
security analysis of those algorithms. Other signature methods are
out of scope and may be interesting followon work.
We adopt the techniques described by Leighton and Micali to mitigate
attacks that amortize their work over multiple invocations of the
hash function.
The values taken by the identifier I across different LMS public/
private key pairs are chosen randomly in order to improve security.
The analysis of this method in [Fluhrer17] shows that we do not need
uniqueness to ensure security; we do need to ensure that we don't
have a large number of private keys that use the same I value. By
randomly selecting 16byte I values, the chance that, out of 2^64
private keys, 4 or more of them will use the same I value is
negligible (that is, has probability less than 2^128).
The reason 16byte I values were selected was to optimize the
Winternitz hashchain operation. With the current settings, the
value being hashed is exactly 55 bytes long (for a 32byte hash
function), which SHA256 can hash in a single hashcompression
operation. Other hash functions may be used in future
specifications; all the ones that we will be likely to support
(SHA512/256 and the various SHA3 hashes) would work well with a
16byte I value.
The signature and public key formats are designed so that they are
relatively easy to parse. Each format starts with a 32bit
enumeration value that indicates the details of the signature
algorithm and provides all of the information that is needed in order
to parse the format.
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The Checksum (Section 4.4) is calculated using a nonnegative integer
"sum" whose width was chosen to be an integer number of wbit fields
such that it is capable of holding the difference of the total
possible number of applications of the function H (as defined in the
signing algorithm of Section 4.5) and the total actual number. In
the case that the number of times H is applied is 0, the sum is (2^w
 1) * (8*n/w). Thus, for the purposes of this document, which
describes signature methods based on H = SHA256 (n = 32 bytes) and w
= { 1, 2, 4, 8 }, the sum variable is a 16bit nonnegative integer
for all combinations of n and w. The calculation uses the parameter
ls defined in Section 4.1 and calculated in Appendix B, which
indicates the number of bits used in the leftshift operation.
7.1. Security String
To improve security against attacks that amortize their effort
against multiple invocations of the hash function, Leighton and
Micali introduced a "security string" that is distinct for each
invocation of that function. Whenever this process computes a hash,
the string being hashed will start with a string formed from the
fields below. These fields will appear in fixed locations in the
value we compute the hash of, and so we list where in the hash these
fields would be present. The fields that make up this string are as
follows:
I A 16byte identifier for the LMS public/private key pair. It
MUST be chosen uniformly at random, or via a pseudorandom
process, at the time that a key pair is generated, in order to
minimize the probability that any specific value of I be used
for a large number of different LMS private keys. This is
always bytes 015 of the value being hashed.
r In the LMS Ntime signature scheme, the node number r
associated with a particular node of a hash tree is used as an
input to the hash used to compute that node. This value is
represented as a 32bit (four byte) unsigned integer in network
byte order. Either r or q (depending on the domainseparation
parameter) will be bytes 1619 of the value being hashed.
q In the LMS Ntime signature scheme, each LMOTS signature is
associated with the leaf of a hash tree, and q is set to the
leaf number. This ensures that a distinct value of q is used
for each distinct LMOTS public/private key pair. This value
is represented as a 32bit (four byte) unsigned integer in
network byte order. Either r or q (depending on the domain
separation parameter) will be bytes 1619 of the value being
hashed.
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D A domainseparation parameter, which is a twobyte identifier
that takes on different values in the different contexts in
which the hash function is invoked. D occurs in bytes 20 and
21 of the value being hashed and takes on the following values:
D_PBLC = 0x8080 when computing the hash of all of the
iterates in the LMOTS algorithm
D_MESG = 0x8181 when computing the hash of the message in
the LMOTS algorithms
D_LEAF = 0x8282 when computing the hash of the leaf of an
LMS tree
D_INTR = 0x8383 when computing the hash of an interior node
of an LMS tree
i A value between 0 and 264; this is used in the LMOTS scheme
when either computing the iterations of the Winternitz chain or
using the suggested LMOTS private key generation process. It
is represented as a 16bit (twobyte) unsigned integer in
network byte order. If present, it occurs at bytes 20 and 21
of the value being hashed.
j In the LMOTS scheme, j is the iteration number used when the
private key element is being iteratively hashed. It is
represented as an 8bit (one byte) unsigned integer and is
present if i is a value between 0 and 264. If present, it
occurs at bytes 22 to 21+n of the value being hashed.
C An nbyte randomizer that is included with the message whenever
it is being hashed to improve security. C MUST be chosen
uniformly at random or via another unpredictable process. It
is present if D=D_MESG, and it occurs at bytes 22 to 21+n of
the value being hashed.
8. IANA Considerations
IANA has created two registries: "LMOTS Signatures", which includes
all of the LMOTS signatures as defined in Section 4, and "Leighton
Micali Signatures (LMS)" for LMS as defined in Section 5.
Additions to these registries require that a specification be
documented in an RFC or another permanent and readily available
reference in sufficient detail that interoperability between
independent implementations is possible [RFC8126]. IANA MUST verify
that all applications for additions to these registries have first
been reviewed by the IRTF Crypto Forum Research Group (CFRG).
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Each entry in either of the registries contains the following
elements:
a short name (Name), such as "LMS_SHA256_M32_H10",
a positive number (Numeric Identifier), and
a Reference to a specification that completely defines the
signaturemethod test cases that can be used to verify the
correctness of an implementation.
The numbers between 0xDDDDDDDD (decimal 3,722,304,989) and 0xFFFFFFFF
(decimal 4,294,967,295), inclusive, will not be assigned by IANA and
are reserved for private use; no attempt will be made to prevent
multiple sites from using the same value in different (and
incompatible) ways [RFC8126].
The initial contents of the "LMOTS Signatures" registry are as
follows.
++++
 Name  Reference  Numeric Identifier 
++++
 Reserved   0x00000000 
   
 LMOTS_SHA256_N32_W1  Section 4  0x00000001 
   
 LMOTS_SHA256_N32_W2  Section 4  0x00000002 
   
 LMOTS_SHA256_N32_W4  Section 4  0x00000003 
   
 LMOTS_SHA256_N32_W8  Section 4  0x00000004 
   
 Unassigned   0x00000005  0xDDDDDDDC 
   
 Reserved for Private Use   0xDDDDDDDD  0xFFFFFFFF 
++++
Table 4
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The initial contents of the "Leighton Micali Signatures (LMS)"
registry are as follows.
++++
 Name  Reference  Numeric Identifier 
++++
 Reserved   0x0  0x4 
   
 LMS_SHA256_M32_H5  Section 5  0x00000005 
   
 LMS_SHA256_M32_H10  Section 5  0x00000006 
   
 LMS_SHA256_M32_H15  Section 5  0x00000007 
   
 LMS_SHA256_M32_H20  Section 5  0x00000008 
   
 LMS_SHA256_M32_H25  Section 5  0x00000009 
   
 Unassigned   0x0000000A  0xDDDDDDDC 
   
 Reserved for Private Use   0xDDDDDDDD  0xFFFFFFFF 
++++
Table 5
An IANA registration of a signature system does not constitute an
endorsement of that system or its security.
Currently, the two registries assign a disjoint set of values to the
defined parameter sets. This coincidence is a historical accident;
the correctness of the system does not depend on this. IANA is not
required to maintain this situation.
9. Security Considerations
The hash function H MUST have second preimage resistance: it must be
computationally infeasible for an attacker that is given one message
M to be able to find a second message M' such that H(M) = H(M').
The security goal of a signature system is to prevent forgeries. A
successful forgery occurs when an attacker who does not know the
private key associated with a public key can find a message (distinct
from all previously signed ones) and signature that is valid with
that public key (that is, the Signature Verification algorithm
applied to that signature and message and public key will return
VALID). Such an attacker, in the strongest case, may have the
ability to forge valid signatures for an arbitrary number of other
messages.
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LMS is provably secure in the random oracle model, as shown by
[Katz16]. In addition, further analysis is done by [Fluhrer17],
where the hash compression function (rather than the entire hash
function) is considered to be a random oracle. Corollary 1 of the
latter paper states:
If we have no more than 2^64 randomly chosen LMS private keys,
allow the attacker access to a signing oracle and a SHA256 hash
compression oracle, and allow a maximum of 2^120 hash compression
computations, then the probability of an attacker being able to
generate a single forgery against any of those LMS keys is less
than 2^129.
Many of the objects within the public key and the signature start
with a typecode. A verifier MUST check each of these typecodes, and
a verification operation on a signature with an unknown type, or a
type that does not correspond to the type within the public key, MUST
return INVALID. The expected length of a variablelength object can
be determined from its typecode; if an object has a different length,
then any signature computed from the object is INVALID.
9.1. Hash Formats
The format of the inputs to the hash function H has the property that
each invocation of that function has an input that is repeated by a
small bounded number of other inputs (due to potential repeats of the
I value). In particular, it will vary somewhere in the first 23
bytes of the value being hashed. This property is important for a
proof of security in the random oracle model.
The formats used during key generation and signing (including the
recommended pseudorandom keygeneration procedure in Appendix A) are
as follows:
I  u32str(q)  u16str(i)  u8str(j)  tmp
I  u32str(q)  u16str(D_PBLC)  y[0]  ...  y[p1]
I  u32str(q)  u16str(D_MESG)  C  message
I  u32str(r)  u16str(D_LEAF)  OTS_PUB_HASH[r2^h]
I  u32str(r)  u16str(D_INTR)  T[2*r]  T[2*r+1]
I  u32str(q)  u16str(i)  u8str(0xff)  SEED
Each hash type listed is distinct; at locations 20 and 21 of the
value being hashed, there exists either a fixed value D_PBLC, D_MESG,
D_LEAF, D_INTR, or a 16bit value i. These fixed values are distinct
from each other and are large (over 32768), while the 16bit values
of i are small (currently no more than 265; possibly being slightly
larger if larger hash functions are supported); hence, the range of
possible values of i will not collide any of the D_PBLC, D_MESG,
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D_LEAF, D_INTR identifiers. The only other collision possibility is
the Winternitz chain hash colliding with the recommended pseudorandom
keygeneration process; here, at location 22 of the value being
hashed, the Winternitz chain function has the value u8str(j), where j
is a value between 0 and 254, while location 22 of the recommended
pseudorandom keygeneration process has value 255.
For the Winternitz chaining function, D_PBLC, and D_MESG, the value
of I  u32str(q) is distinct for each LMS leaf (or equivalently, for
each q value). For the Winternitz chaining function, the value of
u16str(i)  u8str(j) is distinct for each invocation of H for a
given leaf. For D_PBLC and D_MESG, the input format is used only
once for each value of q and, thus, distinctness is assured. The
formats for D_INTR and D_LEAF are used exactly once for each value of
r, which ensures their distinctness. For the recommended
pseudorandom keygeneration process, for a given value of I, q and j
are distinct for each invocation of H.
The value of I is chosen uniformly at random from the set of all
128bit strings. If 2^64 public keys are generated (and, hence, 2^64
random I values), there is a nontrivial probability of a duplicate
(which would imply duplicate prefixes). However, there will be an
extremely high probability there will not be a fourway collision
(that is, any I value used for four distinct LMS keys; probability <
2^132), and, hence, the number of repeats for any specific prefix
will be limited to at most three. This is shown (in [Fluhrer17]) to
have only a limited effect on the security of the system.
9.2. Stateful Signature Algorithm
The LMS signature system, like all Ntime signature systems, requires
that the signer maintain state across different invocations of the
signing algorithm to ensure that none of the component onetime
signature systems are used more than once. This section calls out
some important practical considerations around this statefulness.
These issues are discussed in greater detail in [STMGMT].
In a typical computing environment, a private key will be stored in
nonvolatile media such as on a hard drive. Before it is used to sign
a message, it will be read into an application's RandomAccess Memory
(RAM). After a signature is generated, the value of the private key
will need to be updated by writing the new value of the private key
into nonvolatile storage. It is essential for security that the
application ensures that this value is actually written into that
storage, yet there may be one or more memory caches between it and
the application. Memory caching is commonly done in the file system
and in a physical memory unit on the hard disk that is dedicated to
that purpose. To ensure that the updated value is written to
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physical media, the application may need to take several special
steps. In a POSIX environment, for instance, the O_SYNC flag (for
the open() system call) will cause invocations of the write() system
call to block the calling process until the data has been written to
the underlying hardware. However, if that hardware has its own
memory cache, it must be separately dealt with using an operating
system or devicespecific tool such as hdparm to flush the ondrive
cache or turn off write caching for that drive. Because these
details vary across different operating systems and devices, this
note does not attempt to provide complete guidance; instead, we call
the implementer's attention to these issues.
When hierarchical signatures are used, an easy way to minimize the
private key synchronization issues is to have the private key for the
secondlevel resident in RAM only and never write that value into
nonvolatile memory. A new secondlevel public/private key pair will
be generated whenever the application (re)starts; thus, failures such
as a power outage or application crash are automatically
accommodated. Implementations SHOULD use this approach wherever
possible.
9.3. Security of LMOTS Checksum
To show the security of LMOTS checksum, we consider the signature y
of a message with a private key x and let h = H(message) and
c = Cksm(H(message)) (see Section 4.5). To attempt a forgery, an
attacker may try to change the values of h and c. Let h' and c'
denote the values used in the forgery attempt. If for some integer j
in the range 0 to u, where u = ceil(8*n/w) is the size of the range
that the checksum value can cover, inclusive,
a' = coef(h', j, w),
a = coef(h, j, w), and
a' > a
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then the attacker can compute F^a'(x[j]) from F^a(x[j]) = y[j] by
iteratively applying function F to the jth term of the signature an
additional (a'  a) times. However, as a result of the increased
number of hashing iterations, the checksum value c' will decrease
from its original value of c. Thus, a valid signature's checksum
will have, for some number k in the range u to (p1), inclusive,
b' = coef(c', k, w),
b = coef(c, k, w), and
b' < b
Due to the oneway property of F, the attacker cannot easily compute
F^b'(x[k]) from F^b(x[k]) = y[k].
10. Comparison with Other Work
The eXtended Merkle Signature Scheme (XMSS) is similar to HSS in
several ways [XMSS][RFC8391]. Both are stateful hashbased signature
schemes, and both use a hierarchical approach, with a Merkle tree at
each level of the hierarchy. XMSS signatures are slightly shorter
than HSS signatures, for equivalent security and an equal number of
signatures.
HSS has several advantages over XMSS. HSS operations are roughly
four times faster than the comparable XMSS ones, when SHA256 is used
as the underlying hash. This occurs because the hash operation done
as a part of the Winternitz iterations dominates performance, and
XMSS performs four compressionfunction invocations (two for the PRF,
two for the F function) where HSS only needs to perform one.
Additionally, HSS is somewhat simpler (as each hash invocation is
just a prefix followed by the data being hashed).
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11. References
11.1. Normative References
[FIPS180] National Institute of Standards and Technology, "Secure
Hash Standard (SHS)", FIPS PUB 1804,
DOI 10.6028/NIST.FIPS.1804, March 2012.
[RFC2119] Bradner, S., "Key words for use in RFCs to Indicate
Requirement Levels", BCP 14, RFC 2119,
DOI 10.17487/RFC2119, March 1997,
.
[RFC4506] Eisler, M., Ed., "XDR: External Data Representation
Standard", STD 67, RFC 4506, DOI 10.17487/RFC4506, May
2006, .
[RFC8126] Cotton, M., Leiba, B., and T. Narten, "Guidelines for
Writing an IANA Considerations Section in RFCs", BCP 26,
RFC 8126, DOI 10.17487/RFC8126, June 2017,
.
[RFC8174] Leiba, B., "Ambiguity of Uppercase vs Lowercase in RFC
2119 Key Words", BCP 14, RFC 8174, DOI 10.17487/RFC8174,
May 2017, .
[RFC8179] Bradner, S. and J. Contreras, "Intellectual Property
Rights in IETF Technology", BCP 79, RFC 8179,
DOI 10.17487/RFC8179, May 2017,
.
[USPTO5432852]
Leighton, T. and S. Micali, "Large provably fast and
secure digital signature schemes based on secure hash
functions", U.S. Patent 5,432,852, July 1995.
11.2. Informative References
[C:Merkle87]
Merkle, R., "A Digital Signature Based on a Conventional
Encryption Function", in Advances in Cryptology  CRYPTO
'87 Proceedings, Lecture Notes in Computer Science Vol.
293, DOI 10.1007/3540481842_32, 1988.
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[C:Merkle89a]
Merkle, R., "A Certified Digital Signature", in Advances
in Cryptology  CRYPTO '89 Proceedings, Lecture Notes in
Computer Science Vol. 435, DOI 10.1007/0387348050_21,
1990.
[C:Merkle89b]
Merkle, R., "One Way Hash Functions and DES", in Advances
in Cryptology  CRYPTO '89 Proceedings, Lecture Notes in
Computer Science Vol. 435, DOI 10.1007/0387348050_40,
1990.
[Fluhrer17]
Fluhrer, S., "Further Analysis of a Proposed HashBased
Signature Standard", Cryptology ePrint Archive Report
2017/553, 2017, .
[Katz16] Katz, J., "Analysis of a Proposed HashBased Signature
Standard", in SSR 2016: Security Standardisation Research
(SSR) pp. 261273, Lecture Notes in Computer Science Vol.
10074, DOI 10.1007/9783319491004_12, 2016.
[Merkle79]
Merkle, R., "Secrecy, Authentication, and Public Key
Systems", Technical Report No. 19791, Information Systems
Laboratory, Stanford University, 1979,
.
[RFC8391] Huelsing, A., Butin, D., Gazdag, S., Rijneveld, J., and A.
Mohaisen, "XMSS: eXtended Merkle Signature Scheme",
RFC 8391, DOI 10.17487/RFC8391, May 2018,
.
[STMGMT] McGrew, D., Kampanakis, P., Fluhrer, S., Gazdag, S.,
Butin, D., and J. Buchmann, "State Management for Hash
Based Signatures.", in SSR 2016: Security Standardisation
Research (SSR) pp. 244260, Lecture Notes in Computer
Science Vol. 10074, DOI 10.1007/9783319491004_11,
2016.
[XMSS] Buchmann, J., Dahmen, E., and , "XMSS  A Practical
Forward Secure Signature Scheme Based on Minimal Security
Assumptions.", in PQCrypto 2011: PostQuantum Cryptography
pp. 117129, Lecture Notes in Computer Science Vol. 7071,
DOI 10.1007/9783642254055_8, 2011.
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Appendix A. Pseudorandom Key Generation
An implementation MAY use the following pseudorandom process for
generating an LMS private key.
SEED is an mbyte value that is generated uniformly at random at
the start of the process,
I is the LMS key pair identifier,
q denotes the LMS leaf number of an LMOTS private key,
x_q denotes the x array of private elements in the LMOTS private
key with leaf number q,
i is the index of the private key element, and
H is the hash function used in LMOTS.
The elements of the LMOTS private keys are computed as:
x_q[i] = H(I  u32str(q)  u16str(i)  u8str(0xff)  SEED).
This process stretches the mbyte random value SEED into a (much
larger) set of pseudorandom values, using a unique counter in each
invocation of H. The format of the inputs to H are chosen so that
they are distinct from all other uses of H in LMS and LMOTS. A
careful reader will note that this is similar to the hash we perform
when iterating through the Winternitz chain; however, in that chain,
the iteration index will vary between 0 and 254 maximum (for W=8),
while the corresponding value in this formula is 255. This algorithm
is included in the proof of security in [Fluhrer17] and hence this
method is safe when used within the LMS system; however, any other
cryptographically secure method of generating private keys would also
be safe.
Appendix B. LMOTS Parameter Options
The LMOTS onetime signature method uses several internal
parameters, which are a function of the selected parameter set.
These internal parameters include the following:
p This is the number of independent Winternitz chains used in the
signature; it will be the number of wbit digits needed to hold
the nbit hash (u in the below equations), along with the
number of digits needed to hold the checksum (v in the below
equations)
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ls This is the size of the shift needed to move the checksum so
that it appears in the checksum digits
ls is needed because, while we express the checksum internally as a
16bit value, we don't always express all 16 bits in the signature;
for example, if w=4, we might use only the top 12 bits. Because we
read the checksum in network order, this means that, without the
shift, we'll use the higherorder bits (which may be always 0) and
omit the lowerorder bits (where the checksum value actually
resides). This shift is here to ensure that the parts of the
checksum we need to express (for security) actually contribute to the
signature; when multiple such shifts are possible, we take the
minimal value.
The parameters ls and p are computed as follows:
u = ceil(8*n/w)
v = ceil((floor(lg((2^w  1) * u)) + 1) / w)
ls = 16  (v * w)
p = u + v
Here, u and v represent the number of wbit fields required to
contain the hash of the message and the checksum byte strings,
respectively. And as the value of p is the number of wbit elements
of ( H(message)  Cksm(H(message)) ), it is also equivalently the
number of byte strings that form the private key and the number of
byte strings in the signature. The value 16 in the ls computation of
ls corresponds to the 16bit value used for the sum variable in
Algorithm 2 in Section 4.4
A table illustrating various combinations of n and w with the
associated values of u, v, ls, and p is provided in Table 6.
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+++++++
 Hash  Winternitz  wbit  wbit  Left  Total 
 Length  Parameter  Elements  Elements  Shift  Number of 
 in  (w)  in Hash  in  (ls)  wbit 
 Bytes   (u)  Checksum   Elements 
 (n)    (v)   (p) 
+++++++
 32  1  256  9  7  265 
      
 32  2  128  5  6  133 
      
 32  4  64  3  4  67 
      
 32  8  32  2  0  34 
+++++++
Table 6
Appendix C. An Iterative Algorithm for Computing an LMS Public Key
The LMS public key can be computed using the following algorithm or
any equivalent method. The algorithm uses a stack of hashes for
data. It also makes use of a hash function with the typical
init/update/final interface to hash functions; the result of the
invocations hash_init(), hash_update(N[1]), hash_update(N[2]), ... ,
hash_update(N[n]), v = hash_final(), in that order, is identical to
that of the invocation of H(N[1]  N[2]  ...  N[n]).
Generating an LMS Public Key from an LMS Private Key
for ( i = 0; i < 2^h; i = i + 1 ) {
r = i + num_lmots_keys;
temp = H(I  u32str(r)  u16str(D_LEAF)  OTS_PUB_HASH[i])
j = i;
while (j % 2 == 1) {
r = (r  1)/2;
j = (j1) / 2;
left_side = pop(data stack);
temp = H(I  u32str(r)  u16str(D_INTR)  left_side  temp)
}
push temp onto the data stack
}
public_key = pop(data stack)
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Note that this pseudocode expects that all 2^h leaves of the tree
have equal depth  that is, it expects num_lmots_keys to be a power
of 2. The maximum depth of the stack will be h1 elements  that
is, a total of (h1)*n bytes; for the currently defined parameter
sets, this will never be more than 768 bytes of data.
Appendix D. Method for Deriving Authentication Path for a Signature
The LMS signature consists of u32str(q)  lmots_signature 
u32str(type)  path[0]  path[1]  ...  path[h1]. This
appendix shows one method of constructing this signature, assuming
that the implementation has stored the T[] array that was used to
construct the public key. Note that this is not the only possible
method; other methods exist that don't assume that you have the
entire T[] array in memory. To construct a signature, you perform
the following algorithm:
Generating an LMS Signature
1. Set type to the typecode of the LMS algorithm.
2. Extract h from the typecode, according to Table 2.
3. Create the LMOTS signature for the message:
ots_signature = lmots_sign(message, LMS_PRIV[q])
4. Compute the array path as follows:
i = 0
r = 2^h + q
while (i < h) {
temp = (r / 2^i) xor 1
path[i] = T[temp]
i = i + 1
}
5. S = u32str(q)  ots_signature  u32str(type) 
path[0]  path[1]  ...  path[h1]
6. q = q + 1
7. Return S.
Here "xor" is the bitwise exclusiveor operation, and / is integer
division (that is, rounded down to an integer value).
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Appendix E. Example Implementation
An example implementation can be found online at
.
Appendix F. Test Cases
This section provides test cases that can be used to verify or debug
an implementation. This data is formatted with the name of the
elements on the left and the hexadecimal value of the elements on the
right. The concatenation of all of the values within a public key or
signature produces that public key or signature, and values that do
not fit within a single line are listed across successive lines.
Test Case 1 Public Key

HSS public key
levels 00000002

LMS type 00000005 # LM_SHA256_M32_H5
LMOTS type 00000004 # LMOTS_SHA256_N32_W8
I 61a5d57d37f5e46bfb7520806b07a1b8
K 50650e3b31fe4a773ea29a07f09cf2ea
30e579f0df58ef8e298da0434cb2b878


Test Case 1 Message

Message 54686520706f77657273206e6f742064 The powers not d
656c65676174656420746f2074686520 elegated to the 
556e6974656420537461746573206279 United States by
2074686520436f6e737469747574696f  the Constitutio
6e2c206e6f722070726f686962697465 n, nor prohibite
6420627920697420746f207468652053 d by it to the S
74617465732c20617265207265736572 tates, are reser
76656420746f20746865205374617465 ved to the State
7320726573706563746976656c792c20 s respectively, 
6f7220746f207468652070656f706c65 or to the people
2e0a ..

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Test Case 1 Signature

HSS signature
Nspk 00000001
sig[0]:

LMS signature
q 00000005

LMOTS signature
LMOTS type 00000004 # LMOTS_SHA256_N32_W8
C d32b56671d7eb98833c49b433c272586
bc4a1c8a8970528ffa04b966f9426eb9
y[0] 965a25bfd37f196b9073f3d4a232feb6
9128ec45146f86292f9dff9610a7bf95
y[1] a64c7f60f6261a62043f86c70324b770
7f5b4a8a6e19c114c7be866d488778a0
y[2] e05fd5c6509a6e61d559cf1a77a970de
927d60c70d3de31a7fa0100994e162a2
y[3] 582e8ff1b10cd99d4e8e413ef469559f
7d7ed12c838342f9b9c96b83a4943d16
y[4] 81d84b15357ff48ca579f19f5e71f184
66f2bbef4bf660c2518eb20de2f66e3b
y[5] 14784269d7d876f5d35d3fbfc7039a46
2c716bb9f6891a7f41ad133e9e1f6d95
y[6] 60b960e7777c52f060492f2d7c660e14
71e07e72655562035abc9a701b473ecb
y[7] c3943c6b9c4f2405a3cb8bf8a691ca51
d3f6ad2f428bab6f3a30f55dd9625563
y[8] f0a75ee390e385e3ae0b906961ecf41a
e073a0590c2eb6204f44831c26dd768c
y[9] 35b167b28ce8dc988a3748255230cef9
9ebf14e730632f27414489808afab1d1
y[10] e783ed04516de012498682212b078105
79b250365941bcc98142da13609e9768
y[11] aaf65de7620dabec29eb82a17fde35af
15ad238c73f81bdb8dec2fc0e7f93270
y[12] 1099762b37f43c4a3c20010a3d72e2f6
06be108d310e639f09ce7286800d9ef8
y[13] a1a40281cc5a7ea98d2adc7c7400c2fe
5a101552df4e3cccfd0cbf2ddf5dc677
y[14] 9cbbc68fee0c3efe4ec22b83a2caa3e4
8e0809a0a750b73ccdcf3c79e6580c15
y[15] 4f8a58f7f24335eec5c5eb5e0cf01dcf
4439424095fceb077f66ded5bec73b27
y[16] c5b9f64a2a9af2f07c05e99e5cf80f00
252e39db32f6c19674f190c9fbc506d8
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y[17] 26857713afd2ca6bb85cd8c107347552
f30575a5417816ab4db3f603f2df56fb
y[18] c413e7d0acd8bdd81352b2471fc1bc4f
1ef296fea1220403466b1afe78b94f7e
y[19] cf7cc62fb92be14f18c2192384ebceaf
8801afdf947f698ce9c6ceb696ed70e9
y[20] e87b0144417e8d7baf25eb5f70f09f01
6fc925b4db048ab8d8cb2a661ce3b57a
y[21] da67571f5dd546fc22cb1f97e0ebd1a6
5926b1234fd04f171cf469c76b884cf3
y[22] 115cce6f792cc84e36da58960c5f1d76
0f32c12faef477e94c92eb75625b6a37
y[23] 1efc72d60ca5e908b3a7dd69fef02491
50e3eebdfed39cbdc3ce9704882a2072
y[24] c75e13527b7a581a556168783dc1e975
45e31865ddc46b3c957835da252bb732
y[25] 8d3ee2062445dfb85ef8c35f8e1f3371
af34023cef626e0af1e0bc017351aae2
y[26] ab8f5c612ead0b729a1d059d02bfe18e
fa971b7300e882360a93b025ff97e9e0
y[27] eec0f3f3f13039a17f88b0cf808f4884
31606cb13f9241f40f44e537d302c64a
y[28] 4f1f4ab949b9feefadcb71ab50ef27d6
d6ca8510f150c85fb525bf25703df720
y[29] 9b6066f09c37280d59128d2f0f637c7d
7d7fad4ed1c1ea04e628d221e3d8db77
y[30] b7c878c9411cafc5071a34a00f4cf077
38912753dfce48f07576f0d4f94f42c6
y[31] d76f7ce973e9367095ba7e9a3649b7f4
61d9f9ac1332a4d1044c96aefee67676
y[32] 401b64457c54d65fef6500c59cdfb69a
f7b6dddfcb0f086278dd8ad0686078df
y[33] b0f3f79cd893d314168648499898fbc0
ced5f95b74e8ff14d735cdea968bee74

LMS type 00000005 # LM_SHA256_M32_H5
path[0] d8b8112f9200a5e50c4a262165bd342c
d800b8496810bc716277435ac376728d
path[1] 129ac6eda839a6f357b5a04387c5ce97
382a78f2a4372917eefcbf93f63bb591
path[2] 12f5dbe400bd49e4501e859f885bf073
6e90a509b30a26bfac8c17b5991c157e
path[3] b5971115aa39efd8d564a6b90282c316
8af2d30ef89d51bf14654510a12b8a14
path[4] 4cca1848cf7da59cc2b3d9d0692dd2a2
0ba3863480e25b1b85ee860c62bf5136

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LMS public key
LMS type 00000005 # LM_SHA256_M32_H5
LMOTS type 00000004 # LMOTS_SHA256_N32_W8
I d2f14ff6346af964569f7d6cb880a1b6
K 6c5004917da6eafe4d9ef6c6407b3db0
e5485b122d9ebe15cda93cfec582d7ab

final_signature:

LMS signature
q 0000000a

LMOTS signature
LMOTS type 00000004 # LMOTS_SHA256_N32_W8
C 0703c491e7558b35011ece3592eaa5da
4d918786771233e8353bc4f62323185c
y[0] 95cae05b899e35dffd71705470620998
8ebfdf6e37960bb5c38d7657e8bffeef
y[1] 9bc042da4b4525650485c66d0ce19b31
7587c6ba4bffcc428e25d08931e72dfb
y[2] 6a120c5612344258b85efdb7db1db9e1
865a73caf96557eb39ed3e3f426933ac
y[3] 9eeddb03a1d2374af7bf771855774562
37f9de2d60113c23f846df26fa942008
y[4] a698994c0827d90e86d43e0df7f4bfcd
b09b86a373b98288b7094ad81a0185ac
y[5] 100e4f2c5fc38c003c1ab6fea479eb2f
5ebe48f584d7159b8ada03586e65ad9c
y[6] 969f6aecbfe44cf356888a7b15a3ff07
4f771760b26f9c04884ee1faa329fbf4
y[7] e61af23aee7fa5d4d9a5dfcf43c4c26c
e8aea2ce8a2990d7ba7b57108b47dabf
y[8] beadb2b25b3cacc1ac0cef346cbb90fb
044beee4fac2603a442bdf7e507243b7
y[9] 319c9944b1586e899d431c7f91bcccc8
690dbf59b28386b2315f3d36ef2eaa3c
y[10] f30b2b51f48b71b003dfb08249484201
043f65f5a3ef6bbd61ddfee81aca9ce6
y[11] 0081262a00000480dcbc9a3da6fbef5c
1c0a55e48a0e729f9184fcb1407c3152
y[12] 9db268f6fe50032a363c9801306837fa
fabdf957fd97eafc80dbd165e435d0e2
y[13] dfd836a28b354023924b6fb7e48bc0b3
ed95eea64c2d402f4d734c8dc26f3ac5
y[14] 91825daef01eae3c38e3328d00a77dc6
57034f287ccb0f0e1c9a7cbdc828f627
y[15] 205e4737b84b58376551d44c12c3c215
c812a0970789c83de51d6ad787271963
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y[16] 327f0a5fbb6b5907dec02c9a90934af5
a1c63b72c82653605d1dcce51596b3c2
y[17] b45696689f2eb382007497557692caac
4d57b5de9f5569bc2ad0137fd47fb47e
y[18] 664fcb6db4971f5b3e07aceda9ac130e
9f38182de994cff192ec0e82fd6d4cb7
y[19] f3fe00812589b7a7ce51544045643301
6b84a59bec6619a1c6c0b37dd1450ed4
y[20] f2d8b584410ceda8025f5d2d8dd0d217
6fc1cf2cc06fa8c82bed4d944e71339e
y[21] ce780fd025bd41ec34ebff9d4270a322
4e019fcb444474d482fd2dbe75efb203
y[22] 89cc10cd600abb54c47ede93e08c114e
db04117d714dc1d525e11bed8756192f
y[23] 929d15462b939ff3f52f2252da2ed64d
8fae88818b1efa2c7b08c8794fb1b214
y[24] aa233db3162833141ea4383f1a6f120b
e1db82ce3630b3429114463157a64e91
y[25] 234d475e2f79cbf05e4db6a9407d72c6
bff7d1198b5c4d6aad2831db61274993
y[26] 715a0182c7dc8089e32c8531deed4f74
31c07c02195eba2ef91efb5613c37af7
y[27] ae0c066babc69369700e1dd26eddc0d2
16c781d56e4ce47e3303fa73007ff7b9
y[28] 49ef23be2aa4dbf25206fe45c20dd888
395b2526391a724996a44156beac8082
y[29] 12858792bf8e74cba49dee5e8812e019
da87454bff9e847ed83db07af3137430
y[30] 82f880a278f682c2bd0ad6887cb59f65
2e155987d61bbf6a88d36ee93b6072e6
y[31] 656d9ccbaae3d655852e38deb3a2dcf8
058dc9fb6f2ab3d3b3539eb77b248a66
y[32] 1091d05eb6e2f297774fe6053598457c
c61908318de4b826f0fc86d4bb117d33
y[33] e865aa805009cc2918d9c2f840c4da43
a703ad9f5b5806163d7161696b5a0adc

LMS type 00000005 # LM_SHA256_M32_H5
path[0] d5c0d1bebb06048ed6fe2ef2c6cef305
b3ed633941ebc8b3bec9738754cddd60
path[1] e1920ada52f43d055b5031cee6192520
d6a5115514851ce7fd448d4a39fae2ab
path[2] 2335b525f484e9b40d6a4a969394843b
dcf6d14c48e8015e08ab92662c05c6e9
path[3] f90b65a7a6201689999f32bfd368e5e3
ec9cb70ac7b8399003f175c40885081a
path[4] 09ab3034911fe125631051df0408b394
6b0bde790911e8978ba07dd56c73e7ee
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Test Case 2 Private Key

(note: procedure in Appendix A is used)
Top level LMS tree
SEED 558b8966c48ae9cb898b423c83443aae
014a72f1b1ab5cc85cf1d892903b5439
I d08fabd4a2091ff0a8cb4ed834e74534
Second level LMS tree
SEED a1c4696e2608035a886100d05cd99945
eb3370731884a8235e2fb3d4d71f2547
I 215f83b7ccb9acbcd08db97b0d04dc2b


Test Case 2 Public Key

HSS public key
levels 00000002

LMS type 00000006 # LM_SHA256_M32_H10
LMOTS type 00000003 # LMOTS_SHA256_N32_W4
I d08fabd4a2091ff0a8cb4ed834e74534
K 32a58885cd9ba0431235466bff9651c6
c92124404d45fa53cf161c28f1ad5a8e


Test Case 2 Message

Message 54686520656e756d65726174696f6e20 The enumeration 
696e2074686520436f6e737469747574 in the Constitut
696f6e2c206f66206365727461696e20 ion, of certain 
7269676874732c207368616c6c206e6f rights, shall no
7420626520636f6e7374727565642074 t be construed t
6f2064656e79206f7220646973706172 o deny or dispar
616765206f7468657273207265746169 age others retai
6e6564206279207468652070656f706c ned by the peopl
652e0a e..

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Test Case 2 Signature

HSS signature
Nspk 00000001
sig[0]:

LMS signature
q 00000003

LMOTS signature
LMOTS type 00000003 # LMOTS_SHA256_N32_W4
C 3d46bee8660f8f215d3f96408a7a64cf
1c4da02b63a55f62c666ef5707a914ce
y[0] 0674e8cb7a55f0c48d484f31f3aa4af9
719a74f22cf823b94431d01c926e2a76
y[1] bb71226d279700ec81c9e95fb11a0d10
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y[17] 05d357ef4678de0c57ff9f1b2da61dfd
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y[23] 8266c12c50ea28b2c438e7a379eb106e
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y[41] 94a873670b8d93bcca2ae47e64424b74
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y[59] cc5a8a335d3619d781e7454826df720e
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y[60] 057fa3419b5bb0e25d30981e41cb1361
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y[61] 8bfc3d20a2148861b2afc14562ddd27f
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y[62] 46a24bf77e383c7aacab1ab692b29ed8
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y[64] d4a8b6f04d95c581279a139be09fcf6e
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y[65] c05518a7efd35d89d8577c990a5e1996
1ba16203c959c91829ba7497cffcbb4b
y[66] 294546454fa5388a23a22e805a5ca35f
956598848bda678615fec28afd5da61a

LMS type 00000006 # LM_SHA256_M32_H10
path[0] b326493313053ced3876db9d23714818
1b7173bc7d042cefb4dbe94d2e58cd21
path[1] a769db4657a103279ba8ef3a629ca84e
e836172a9c50e51f45581741cf808315
path[2] 0b491cb4ecbbabec128e7c81a46e62a6
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path[3] 686d16621a80816bfdb5bdc56211d72c
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path[4] 7028a48538ecdd3b38d3d5d62d262465
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path[5] 2e0c19bc4977c6898ff95fd3d310b0ba
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path[6] 83bb7543c675842bafbfc7cdb88483b3
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path[7] d045851acf6a0a0ea9c710b805cced46
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path[8] 6703d26d14752f34c1c0d2c4247581c1
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path[9] a415e291fd107d21dc1f084b11582082
49f28f4f7c7e931ba7b3bd0d824a4570

LMS public key
LMS type 00000005 # LM_SHA256_M32_H5
LMOTS type 00000004 # LMOTS_SHA256_N32_W8
I 215f83b7ccb9acbcd08db97b0d04dc2b
K a1cd035833e0e90059603f26e07ad2aa
d152338e7a5e5984bcd5f7bb4eba40b7

final_signature:

LMS signature
q 00000004

LMOTS signature
LMOTS type 00000004 # LMOTS_SHA256_N32_W8
C 0eb1ed54a2460d512388cad533138d24
0534e97b1e82d33bd927d201dfc24ebb
y[0] 11b3649023696f85150b189e50c00e98
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y[1] 3b7714fa406b8c35b021d54d4fdada7b
9ce5d4ba5b06719e72aaf58c5aae7aca
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y[2] 057aa0e2e74e7dcfd17a0823429db629
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y[3] 83cac8b4d61aacc457f336e6a10b6632
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y[22] 2b698d09ae193972f27d40f38dea264a
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y[24] 4fd7214dc617c150544e423f450c99ce
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y[25] a3bb86da7eba80b101e15cb79de9a207
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y[26] 25d1faa94cbb0a03a906f683b3f47a97
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y[29] 952c0b7420df525e37c15377b5f09843
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y[30] 3de3afad5733cbe7703c5296263f7734
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y[31] aa2de3ffdcd297baaaacd7ae646e44b5
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y[32] 982fb2e370c078edb042c84db34ce36b
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y[33] 97ec8075e82b393d542075134e2a17ee
70a5e187075d03ae3c853cff60729ba4

LMS type 00000005 # LM_SHA256_M32_H5
path[0] 4de1f6965bdabc676c5a4dc7c35f97f8
2cb0e31c68d04f1dad96314ff09e6b3d
path[1] e96aeee300d1f68bf1bca9fc58e40323
36cd819aaf578744e50d1357a0e42867
path[2] 04d341aa0a337b19fe4bc43c2e79964d
4f351089f2e0e41c7c43ae0d49e7f404
path[3] b0f75be80ea3af098c9752420a8ac0ea
2bbb1f4eeba05238aef0d8ce63f0c6e5
path[4] e4041d95398a6f7f3e0ee97cc1591849
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Acknowledgements
Thanks are due to Chirag Shroff, Andreas Huelsing, Burt Kaliski, Eric
Osterweil, Ahmed Kosba, Russ Housley, Philip Lafrance, Alexander
Truskovsky, Mark Peruzel, and Jim Schaad for constructive suggestions
and valuable detailed review. We especially acknowledge Jerry
Solinas, Laurie Law, and Kevin Igoe, who pointed out the security
benefits of the approach of Leighton and Micali [USPTO5432852],
Jonathan Katz, who gave us security guidance, and Bruno Couillard and
Jim Goodman for an especially thorough review.
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Authors' Addresses
David McGrew
Cisco Systems
13600 Dulles Technology Drive
Herndon, VA 20171
United States of America
Email: mcgrew@cisco.com
Michael Curcio
Cisco Systems
70252 Kit Creek Road
Research Triangle Park, NC 277094987
United States of America
Email: micurcio@cisco.com
Scott Fluhrer
Cisco Systems
170 West Tasman Drive
San Jose, CA
United States of America
Email: sfluhrer@cisco.com
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