Wildcarded Identity-Based Encryption

Michel Abdalla, James Birkett, Dario Catalano, Alexander W. Dent, John Malone-Lee, Gregory Neven, Jacob C.N. Schuldt, Nigel Smart, Wildcarded Identity-Based Encryption. Journal of Cryptology, 24, pp. 42–82. January 2011. No electronic version available. External information


In this paper, we introduce a new primitive called identity-based encryption with wildcards, or WIBE for short. It allows a sender to encrypt messages to a whole range of receivers whose identities match a certain pattern. This pattern is defined through a sequence of fixed strings and wildcards, where any string can take the place of a wildcard in a matching identity. Our primitive can be applied to provide an intuitive way to send encrypted email to groups of users in a corporate hierarchy. We propose a full security notion and give efficient implementations meeting this notion under different pairing-related assumptions, both in the random oracle model and in the standard model.

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