Zero-knowledge proof of generalized compact knapsacks (or a novel identification/signature scheme)
At FOCS 2002, a new generalized compact Knapsacks problem is introduced. It is shown that solving the generalized compact Knapsack problem on the average is at least as hard as the worst-case instance of various approximation problems over cyclic lattices. It is left as an open problem to construct a zero-knowledge proof of generalized compact Knapsack problem. In this paper, by investigating a new notion of one-way ensemble pair, we propose a generic construction of identification and achieve a signature with the Fiat-Shamir transformation. Following our generic construction, we implement a concrete scheme based on the random generalized compact Knapsack problem. Our scheme also implies the first efficient zero-knowledge proof of the generalized compact Knapsacks problem and results in a positive solution to the open problem at FOCS 2002.
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