Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) R. Housley Request for Comments: 8778 Vigil Security Category: Standards Track April 2020 ISSN: 20701721

Use of the HSS/LMS HashBased Signature Algorithm with CBOR Object
Signing and Encryption (COSE)
Abstract

This document specifies the conventions for using the Hierarchical Signature System (HSS) / LeightonMicali Signature (LMS) hashbased signature algorithm with the CBOR Object Signing and Encryption (COSE) syntax. The HSS/LMS algorithm is one form of hashbased digital signature; it is described in RFC 8554.
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Table of Contents

1. Introduction 1.1. Motivation 1.2. Terminology 2. LMS Digital Signature Algorithm Overview 2.1. Hierarchical Signature System (HSS) 2.2. LeightonMicali Signature (LMS) 2.3. LeightonMicali OneTime Signature (LMOTS) Algorithm 3. HashBased Signature Algorithm Identifiers 4. Security Considerations 5. Operational Considerations 6. IANA Considerations 6.1. COSE Algorithms Registry Entry 6.2. COSE Key Types Registry Entry 6.3. COSE Key Type Parameters Registry Entry 7. References 7.1. Normative References 7.2. Informative References Appendix A. Examples A.1. Example COSE Full Message Signature A.2. Example COSE_Sign1 Message Acknowledgements Author's Address
1. Introduction

This document specifies the conventions for using the Hierarchical Signature System (HSS) / LeightonMicali Signature (LMS) hashbased signature algorithm with the CBOR Object Signing and Encryption (COSE) [RFC8152] syntax. The LMS system provides a onetime digital signature that is a variant of Merkle Tree Signatures (MTS). The HSS is built on top of the LMS system to efficiently scale for a larger number of signatures. The HSS/LMS algorithm is one form of a hash based digital signature, and it is described in [HASHSIG]. The HSS/ LMS signature algorithm can only be used for a fixed number of signing operations. The number of signing operations depends upon the size of the tree. The HSS/LMS signature algorithm uses small public keys, and it has low computational cost; however, the signatures are quite large. The HSS/LMS private key can be very small when the signer is willing to perform additional computation at signing time; alternatively, the private key can consume additional memory and provide a faster signing time. The HSS/LMS signatures [HASHSIG] are currently defined to use exclusively SHA256 [SHS].
1.1. Motivation

Recent advances in cryptanalysis [BH2013] and progress in the development of quantum computers [NAS2019] pose a threat to widely deployed digital signature algorithms. As a result, there is a need to prepare for a day that cryptosystems, such as RSA and DSA, that depend on discrete logarithm and factoring cannot be depended upon.
If largescale quantum computers are ever built, these computers will have more than a trivial number of quantum bits (qubits), and they will be able to break many of the publickey cryptosystems currently in use. A postquantum cryptosystem [PQC] is a system that is secure against such largescale quantum computers. When it will be feasible to build such computers is open to conjecture; however, RSA [RFC8017], DSA [DSS], Elliptic Curve Digital Signature Algorithm (ECDSA) [DSS], and Edwardscurve Digital Signature Algorithm (EdDSA) [RFC8032] are all vulnerable if largescale quantum computers come to pass.
Since the HSS/LMS signature algorithm does not depend on the difficulty of discrete logarithm or factoring, the HSS/LMS signature algorithm is considered to be postquantum secure. The use of HSS/ LMS hashbased signatures to protect software update distribution will allow the deployment of future software that implements new cryptosystems. By deploying HSS/LMS today, authentication and integrity protection of the future software can be provided, even if advances break current digitalsignature mechanisms.
1.2. Terminology

The key words "MUST", "MUST NOT", "REQUIRED", "SHALL", "SHALL NOT", "SHOULD", "SHOULD NOT", "RECOMMENDED", "NOT RECOMMENDED", "MAY", and "OPTIONAL" in this document are to be interpreted as described in BCP 14 [RFC2119] [RFC8174] when, and only when, they appear in all capitals, as shown here.
2. LMS Digital Signature Algorithm Overview

This specification makes use of the hashbased signature algorithm specified in [HASHSIG], which is the Leighton and Micali adaptation [LM] of the original LamportDiffieWinternitzMerkle onetime signature system [M1979][M1987][M1989a][M1989b].
The hashbased signature algorithm has three major components:
* Hierarchical Signature System (HSS)  see Section 2.1 * LeightonMicali Signature (LMS)  see Section 2.2 * LeightonMicali Onetime Signature (LMOTS) Algorithm see Section 2.3
As implied by the name, the hashbased signature algorithm depends on a collisionresistant hash function. The hashbased signature algorithm specified in [HASHSIG] currently makes use of the SHA256 oneway hash function [SHS], but it also establishes an IANA registry to permit the registration of additional oneway hash functions in the future.
2.1. Hierarchical Signature System (HSS)

The hashbased signature algorithm specified in [HASHSIG] uses a hierarchy of trees. The Ntime Hierarchical Signature System (HSS) allows subordinate trees to be generated when needed by the signer. Otherwise, generation of the entire tree might take weeks or longer.
An HSS signature, as specified in [HASHSIG], carries the number of signed public keys (Nspk), followed by that number of signed public keys, followed by the LMS signature, as described in Section 2.2. The public key for the topmost LMS tree is the public key of the HSS system. The LMS private key in the parent tree signs the LMS public key in the child tree, and the LMS private key in the bottommost tree signs the actual message. The signature over the public key and the signature over the actual message are LMS signatures, as described in Section 2.2.
The elements of the HSS signature value for a standalone tree (a top tree with no children) can be summarized as:
u32str(0)  lms_signature /* signature of message */
where the notation comes from [HASHSIG].
The elements of the HSS signature value for a tree with Nspk signed public keys can be summarized as:
u32str(Nspk)  signed_public_key[0]  signed_public_key[1]  ... signed_public_key[Nspk2]  signed_public_key[Nspk1]  lms_signature /* signature of message */
As defined in Section 3.3 of [HASHSIG], a signed_public_key is the lms_signature over the public key followed by the public key itself. Note that Nspk is the number of levels in the hierarchy of trees minus 1.
2.2. LeightonMicali Signature (LMS)

Subordinate LMS trees are placed in the HSS structure, as discussed in Section 2.1. Each tree in the hashbased signature algorithm specified in [HASHSIG] uses the LeightonMicali Signature (LMS) system. LMS systems have two parameters. The first parameter is the height of the tree, h, which is the number of levels in the tree minus one. The [HASHSIG] includes support for five values of this parameter: h=5, h=10, h=15, h=20, and h=25. Note that there are 2^h leaves in the tree. The second parameter is the number of bytes output by the hash function, m, which is the amount of data associated with each node in the tree. The [HASHSIG] specification supports only SHA256 with m=32. An IANA registry is defined so that other hash functions could be used in the future.
The [HASHSIG] specification supports five tree sizes:
 LMS_SHA256_M32_H5
 LMS_SHA256_M32_H10
 LMS_SHA256_M32_H15
 LMS_SHA256_M32_H20
 LMS_SHA256_M32_H25
The [HASHSIG] specification establishes an IANA registry to permit the registration of additional hash functions and additional tree sizes in the future.
The [HASHSIG] specification defines the value I as the private key identifier, and the same I value is used for all computations with the same LMS tree. The value I is also available in the public key. In addition, the [HASHSIG] specification defines the value T[r] as the mbyte string associated with the ith node in the LMS tree, and the nodes are indexed from 1 to 2^(h+1)1. Thus, T[1] is the mbyte string associated with the root of the LMS tree.
The LMS public key can be summarized as:
u32str(lms_algorithm_type)  u32str(otstype)  I  T[1]
As specified in [HASHSIG], the LMS signature consists of four elements:
 the number of the leaf associated with the LMOTS signature,
 an LMOTS signature, as described in Section 2.3,
 a type code indicating the particular LMS algorithm, and
 an array of values that is associated with the path through the tree from the leaf associated with the LMOTS signature to the root.
The array of values contains the siblings of the nodes on the path from the leaf to the root but does not contain the nodes on the path itself. The array for a tree with height h will have h values. The first value is the sibling of the leaf, the next value is the sibling of the parent of the leaf, and so on up the path to the root.
The four elements of the LMS signature value can be summarized as:
u32str(q)  ots_signature  u32str(type)  path[0]  path[1]  ...  path[h1]
2.3. LeightonMicali OneTime Signature (LMOTS) Algorithm

The hashbased signature algorithm depends on a onetime signature method. This specification makes use of the LeightonMicali Onetime Signature (LMOTS) Algorithm [HASHSIG]. An LMOTS has five parameters:
n: The number of bytes output by the hash function. For SHA256 [SHS], n=32. H: A preimageresistant hash function that accepts byte strings of any length and returns an nbyte string. w: The width in bits of the Winternitz coefficients. [HASHSIG] supports four values for this parameter: w=1, w=2, w=4, and w=8. p: The number of nbyte string elements that make up the LMOTS signature. ls: The number of leftshift bits used in the checksum function, which is defined in Section 4.4 of [HASHSIG].
The values of p and ls are dependent on the choices of the parameters n and w, as described in Appendix B of [HASHSIG].
The [HASHSIG] specification supports four LMOTS variants:
 LMOTS_SHA256_N32_W1
 LMOTS_SHA256_N32_W2
 LMOTS_SHA256_N32_W4
 LMOTS_SHA256_N32_W8
The [HASHSIG] specification establishes an IANA registry to permit the registration of additional hash functions and additional parameter sets in the future.
Signing involves the generation of C, which is an nbyte random value.
The LMOTS signature value can be summarized as the identifier of the LMOTS variant, the random value, and a sequence of hash values (y[0] through y[p1]), as described in Section 4.5 of [HASHSIG]:
u32str(otstype)  C  y[0]  ...  y[p1]
3. HashBased Signature Algorithm Identifiers

The CBOR Object Signing and Encryption (COSE) [RFC8152] supports two signature algorithm schemes. This specification makes use of the signature with appendix scheme for hashbased signatures.
The signature value is a large byte string, as described in Section 2. The byte string is designed for easy parsing. The HSS, LMS, and LMOTS components of the signature value format include counters and type codes that indirectly provide all of the information that is needed to parse the byte string during signature validation.
When using a COSE key for this algorithm, the following checks are made:
 The 'kty' field MUST be 'HSSLMS'.
 If the 'alg' field is present, it MUST be 'HSSLMS'.
 If the 'key_ops' field is present, it MUST include 'sign' when creating a hashbased signature.
 If the 'key_ops' field is present, it MUST include 'verify' when verifying a hashbased signature.
 If the 'kid' field is present, it MAY be used to identify the top of the HSS tree. In [HASHSIG], this identifier is called 'I', and it is the 16byte identifier of the LMS public key for the tree.
4. Security Considerations

The security considerations from [RFC8152] and [HASHSIG] are relevant to implementations of this specification.
There are a number of security considerations that need to be taken into account by implementers of this specification.
Implementations MUST protect the private keys. Compromise of the private keys may result in the ability to forge signatures. Along with the private key, the implementation MUST keep track of which leaf nodes in the tree have been used. Loss of integrity of this tracking data can cause a onetime key to be used more than once. As a result, when a private key and the tracking data are stored on nonvolatile media or in a virtual machine environment, failed writes, virtual machine snapshotting or cloning, and other operational concerns must be considered to ensure confidentiality and integrity.
When generating an LMS key pair, an implementation MUST generate each key pair independently of all other key pairs in the HSS tree.
An implementation MUST ensure that an LMOTS private key is used to generate a signature only one time and ensure that it cannot be used for any other purpose.
The generation of private keys relies on random numbers. The use of inadequate pseudorandom number generators (PRNGs) to generate these values can result in little or no security. An attacker may find it much easier to reproduce the PRNG environment that produced the keys, searching the resulting small set of possibilities rather than brute force searching the whole key space. The generation of quality random numbers is difficult, and [RFC4086] offers important guidance in this area.
The generation of hashbased signatures also depends on random numbers. While the consequences of an inadequate PRNG to generate these values is much less severe than in the generation of private keys, the guidance in [RFC4086] remains important.
5. Operational Considerations

The public key for the hashbased signature is the key at the root of Hierarchical Signature System (HSS). In the absence of a public key infrastructure [RFC5280], this public key is a trust anchor, and the number of signatures that can be generated is bounded by the size of the overall HSS set of trees. When all of the LMOTS signatures have been used to produce a signature, then the establishment of a new trust anchor is required.
To ensure that none of the tree nodes are used to generate more than one signature, the signer maintains state across different invocations of the signing algorithm. Section 9.2 of [HASHSIG] offers some practical implementation approaches around this statefulness. In some of these approaches, nodes are sacrificed to ensure that none are used more than once. As a result, the total number of signatures that can be generated might be less than the overall HSS set of trees.
A COSE Key Type Parameter for encoding the HSS/LMS private key and the state about which tree nodes have been used is deliberately not defined. It was not defined to avoid creating the ability to save the private key and state, generate one or more signatures, and then restore the private key and state. Such a restoration operation provides disastrous opportunities for tree node reuse.
6. IANA Considerations

IANA has added entries for the HSS/LMS hashbased signature algorithm in the "COSE Algorithms" registry and added HSS/LMS hashbased signature public keys in the "COSE Key Types" registry and the "COSE Key Type Parameters" registry.
6.1. COSE Algorithms Registry Entry

The new entry in the "COSE Algorithms" registry [IANA] appears as follows:
Name: HSSLMS Value: 46 Description: HSS/LMS hashbased digital signature Reference: RFC 8778 Recommended: Yes
6.2. COSE Key Types Registry Entry

The new entry in the "COSE Key Types" registry [IANA] appears as follows:
Name: HSSLMS Value: 5 Description: Public key for HSS/LMS hashbased digital signature Reference: RFC 8778
6.3. COSE Key Type Parameters Registry Entry

The new entry in the "COSE Key Type Parameters" registry [IANA] appears as follows:
Key Type: 5 Name: pub Label: 1 CBOR Type: bstr Description: Public key for HSS/LMS hashbased digital signature Reference: RFC 8778
7. References
7.1. Normative References

[HASHSIG] McGrew, D., Curcio, M., and S. Fluhrer, "LeightonMicali HashBased Signatures", RFC 8554, DOI 10.17487/RFC8554, April 2019, <https://www.rfceditor.org/info/rfc8554>. [RFC2119] Bradner, S., "Key words for use in RFCs to Indicate Requirement Levels", BCP 14, RFC 2119, DOI 10.17487/RFC2119, March 1997, <https://www.rfceditor.org/info/rfc2119>. [RFC8152] Schaad, J., "CBOR Object Signing and Encryption (COSE)", RFC 8152, DOI 10.17487/RFC8152, July 2017, <https://www.rfceditor.org/info/rfc8152>. [RFC8174] Leiba, B., "Ambiguity of Uppercase vs Lowercase in RFC 2119 Key Words", BCP 14, RFC 8174, DOI 10.17487/RFC8174, May 2017, <https://www.rfceditor.org/info/rfc8174>. [SHS] National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), "Secure Hash Standard", FIPS Publication 1804, DOI 10.6028/NIST.FIPS.1804, August 2015, <https://doi.org/10.6028/NIST.FIPS.1804>.
7.2. Informative References

[BH2013] Ptacek, T., Ritter, T., Samuel, J., and A. Stamos, "The Factoring Dead: Preparing for the Cryptopocalypse", August 2013, <https://media.blackhat.com/us13/us13StamosThe FactoringDead.pdf>. [DSS] National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), "Digital Signature Standard (DSS)", FIPS Publication 1864, DOI 10.6028/NIST.FIPS.1864, July 2013, <https://doi.org/10.6028/NIST.FIPS.1864>. [IANA] IANA, "CBOR Object Signing and Encryption (COSE)", <https://www.iana.org/assignments/cose>. [LM] Leighton, F. and S. Micali, "Large provably fast and secure digital signature schemes from secure hash functions", U.S. Patent 5,432,852, July 1995. [M1979] Merkle, R., "Secrecy, Authentication, and Public Key Systems", Information Systems Laboratory, Stanford University, Technical Report No. 19791, June 1979. [M1987] Merkle, R., "A Digital Signature Based on a Conventional Encryption Function", Advances in Cryptology  CRYPTO '87 Proceedings, Lecture Notes in Computer Science, Volume 291, DOI 10.1007/3540481842_32, 1988, <https://doi.org/10.1007/3540481842_32>. [M1989a] Merkle, R., "A Certified Digital Signature", Advances in Cryptology  CRYPTO '89 Proceedings, Lecture Notes in Computer Science, Volume 435, DOI 10.1007/0387348050_21, 1990, <https://doi.org/10.1007/0387348050_21>. [M1989b] Merkle, R., "One Way Hash Functions and DES", Advances in Cryptology  CRYPTO '89 Proceedings, Lecture Notes in Computer Science, Volume 435, DOI 10.1007/0387348050_40, 1990, <https://doi.org/10.1007/0387348050_40>. [NAS2019] National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, "Quantum Computing: Progress and Prospects", The National Academies Press, DOI 10.17226/25196, 2019, <http://dx.doi.org/10.17226/25196>. [PQC] Bernstein, D., "Introduction to postquantum cryptography", DOI 10.1007/9783540887027_1, 2009, <http://www.pqcrypto.org/www.springer.com/cda/content/ document/cda_downloaddocument/9783540887010c1.pdf>. [RFC4086] Eastlake 3rd, D., Schiller, J., and S. Crocker, "Randomness Requirements for Security", BCP 106, RFC 4086, DOI 10.17487/RFC4086, June 2005, <https://www.rfceditor.org/info/rfc4086>. [RFC5280] Cooper, D., Santesson, S., Farrell, S., Boeyen, S., Housley, R., and W. Polk, "Internet X.509 Public Key Infrastructure Certificate and Certificate Revocation List (CRL) Profile", RFC 5280, DOI 10.17487/RFC5280, May 2008, <https://www.rfceditor.org/info/rfc5280>. [RFC8017] Moriarty, K., Ed., Kaliski, B., Jonsson, J., and A. Rusch, "PKCS #1: RSA Cryptography Specifications Version 2.2", RFC 8017, DOI 10.17487/RFC8017, November 2016, <https://www.rfceditor.org/info/rfc8017>. [RFC8032] Josefsson, S. and I. Liusvaara, "EdwardsCurve Digital Signature Algorithm (EdDSA)", RFC 8032, DOI 10.17487/RFC8032, January 2017, <https://www.rfceditor.org/info/rfc8032>. [RFC8610] Birkholz, H., Vigano, C., and C. Bormann, "Concise Data Definition Language (CDDL): A Notational Convention to Express Concise Binary Object Representation (CBOR) and JSON Data Structures", RFC 8610, DOI 10.17487/RFC8610, June 2019, <https://www.rfceditor.org/info/rfc8610>.
Appendix A. Examples

This appendix provides a nonnormative example of a COSE full message signature and an example of a COSE_Sign1 message. This section is formatted according to the extended CBOR diagnostic format defined by [RFC8610].
The programs that were used to generate the examples can be found at <https://github.com/cosewg/Examples>.
A.1. Example COSE Full Message Signature

This section provides an example of a COSE full message signature.
The size of binary file is 2560 bytes.
98( [ / protected / h'a10300' / { \ content type \ 3:0 } / , / unprotected / {}, / payload / 'This is the content.', / signatures / [ [ / protected / h'a101382d' / { \ alg \ 1:46 \ HSSLMS \ } / , / unprotected / { / kid / 4:'ItsBig' }, / signature / h'00000000000000010000000391291de76ce6e24d1e2a 9b60266519bc8ce889f814deb0fc00edd3129de3ab9b6bfa3bf47d007d844af7db74 9ea97215e82f456cbdd473812c6a042ae39539898752c89b60a276ec8a9feab900e2 5bdfe0ab8e773aa1c36ae214d67c65bb68630450a5db2c7c6403b77f6a9bf4d30a02 19db5cced884d7514f3cbd19220020bf3045b0e5c6955b32864f16f97da02f0cbfea 70458b07032e30b0342d75b8f3dc6871442e6384b10f559f5dc594a214924c48ccc3 37078665653fc740340428138b0fb5154f2f2cb291ad05ace7acae60031b2d09b2f4 17712d1c01e34b165af2e070f5a521a85a5fb3dd2a6288947bcbd5e2265d3670bd61 92eb2bf643964e2783d84aec343f8e3571e4fcf09cbeea94e80470aa7252d1c733a5 535907e66c7b9f0b88b159dc2a7370ee47f13e7e134d3d05e5f53fac640b784a9b0f 183fe14217325626f487cc8d8cb9eaf0abb174ee0b7076cf39c45037cefdf3f1e61b 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A.2. Example COSE_Sign1 Message

This section provides an example of a COSE_Sign1 message.
The size of binary file is 2552 bytes.
18( [ / protected / h'a101382d' / { \ alg \ 1:46 \ HSSLMS \ } / , / unprotected / { / kid / 4:'ItsBig' }, / payload / 'This is the content.', / signature / h'00000000000000000000000391291de76ce6e24d1e2a9b60 266519bc8ce889f814deb0fc00edd3129de3ab9b9aa5b5ac783bdf0fe689f57fb204 f1992dbc1ce2484f316c74bce3f2094cfa8e96a4a9548cead0f78ee5d549510d1910 f647320448ae27ecce77249802a0c39c645bf8db08573af52c93d91fd0e217f245c7 52c176b81514eb6e3067e0fbb329225eaa88c7d21635e32ae84213f89018cb06f1b8 4e61eac348b690d7c6265c19f9d868952d99826aecd417b5279dd674cd951c306016 cfee4fee3bfcf5ee5a5ad08b5b4f53bc93995f26cfe7c0c1c5ba2574c1f2d8470993 e8bd47ef9b9cf309ef895226e92be60683459009611defbb9a43217956a0ab2959bb da0feca39de37e7c4a6cd8a5314d6b02b377406d5a5e589e91feaa9f2e4ec1682ba1 f633c7784499323e40da651f71d3c19e38c634d898b0c508324c0bfcf7c5f0a8c014 b4af200a739f96cddba94daf86ce80c76158d4f5cf3cd2ba9f1393df47e556887f91 68540485242a05ec6bcc76659ec3d0d2fedae3fd1608a701c226f5fd83c9b1ed3152 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d72ca70b81f1117d129529a7570cf79cf52a7028a48538ecdd3b38d3d5d62d262465 95c4fb73a525a5ed2c30524ebb1d8cc82e0c19bc4977c6898ff95fd3d310b0bae716 96cef93c6a552456bf96e9d075e383bb7543c675842bafbfc7cdb88483b3276c29d4 f0a341c2d406e40d4653b7e4d045851acf6a0a0ea9c710b805cced4635ee8c107362 f0fc8d80c14d0ac49c516703d26d14752f34c1c0d2c4247581c18c2cf4de48e9ce94 9be7c888e9caebe4a415e291fd107d21dc1f084b1158208249f28f4f7c7e931ba7b3 bd0d824a4570' ] )
Acknowledgements

Many thanks to Roman Danyliw, Elwyn Davies, Scott Fluhrer, Ben Kaduk, Laurence Lundblade, John Mattsson, Jim Schaad, and Tony Putman for their valuable review and insights. In addition, an extra special thank you to Jim Schaad for generating the examples in Appendix A.
Author's Address

Russ Housley
Vigil Security, LLC
516 Dranesville Road
Herndon, VA 20170
United States of AmericaEmail:
housley@vigilsec.com