Protocol Labs Research
2020-11-17 / Conference paper
Subversion-resilient enhanced privacy ID
Cryptographers’ Track at the RSA Conference / 2022.02.07 / San Francisco, CA, USA
Antonio Faonio, Dario Fiore, Luca Nizzardo , Claudio Soriente


Anonymous attestation for secure hardware platforms leverages tailored group signature schemes and assumes the hardware to be trusted. Yet, there is an increasing concern on the trustworthiness of hardware components and embedded systems. A subverted hardware may, for example, use its signatures to exfiltrate identifying information or even the signing key. We focus on Enhanced Privacy ID (EPID)—a popular anonymous attestation scheme used in commodity secure hardware platforms like Intel SGX. We define and instantiate a subversion resilient EPID scheme (or SR-EPID). In a nutshell, SR-EPID provides the same functionality and security guarantees of the original EPID, despite potentially subverted hardware. In our design, a “sanitizer” ensures no covert channel between the hardware and the outside world both during enrollment and during attestation (i.e., when signatures are produced). We design a practical SR-EPID scheme secure against adaptive corruptions and based on a novel combination of malleable NIZKs and hash functions modeled as random oracles. Our approach has a number of advantages over alternative designs. Namely, the sanitizer bears no secret information—hence, a memory leak does not erode security. Also, we keep the signing protocol non-interactive, thereby minimizing latency during signature generation.