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**2005/124**

**Title:**

Append-Only Signatures

**Authors:**
Eike Kiltz, Anton Mityagin, Saurabh Panjwani, Barath Raghavan

**Abstract:**

We present a new primitive–Append-only Signatures (AOS)–with the property that any party given an AOS signature aossig[M_1] on message M_1 can compute aossig[M_1||M_2] for any message M_2, where M_1||M_2 is the concatenation of M_1 and M_2. We define the security of AOS, present concrete AOS schemes, and prove their security under standard assumptions. In addition, we find that despite its simple definition, AOS is equivalent to Hierarchical Identity-based Signatures (HIBS) through efficient and security-preserving reductions. Finally, we

show direct applications of AOS to problems in network security. Our investigations indicate that AOS is both useful in practical applications and worthy of further study as a cryptographic primitive.

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https://eprint.iacr.org/2005/124

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