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Recommendation for Stateful Hash-Based Signature Schemes

Published

Author(s)

David Cooper, Daniel Apon, Quynh H. Dang, Michael S. Davidson, Morris Dworkin, Carl Miller

Abstract

This recommendation specifies two algorithms that can be used to generate a digital signature, both of which are stateful hash-based signature schemes: the Leighton-Micali Signature (LMS) system and the eXtended Merkle Signature Scheme (XMSS), along with their multi-tree variants, the Hierarchical Signature System (HSS) and multi-tree XMSS (XMSSMT).
Citation
Special Publication (NIST SP) - 800-208
Report Number
800-208

Keywords

cryptography, digital signatures, HSS, LMS, post-quantum cryptography, PQC, stateful hash-based signatures, XMSS, XMSS-MT.

Citation

Cooper, D. , Apon, D. , Dang, Q. , Davidson, M. , Dworkin, M. and Miller, C. (2020), Recommendation for Stateful Hash-Based Signature Schemes, Special Publication (NIST SP), National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD, [online], https://doi.org/10.6028/NIST.SP.800-208 (Accessed October 18, 2021)
Created October 28, 2020, Updated October 12, 2021