# Questions tagged [pairings]

Pairing-based cryptography uses bilinear maps to create a gap group that allows efficient constructions of certain primitives.

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### Are Barreto-Naehrig Curves suitable for pairing-based cryptography?

If Barreto-Naehrig Curves are suitable for pairing-based cryptography, can I use the library available at Optimal ATE Pairing?
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### Sextic twist of BN pairing parameters vs security

I've previously asked questions on BN pairing parameters. Here's one more. In the BN construction, one is working in a subgroup of a curve over an extension field $\mathbf{F}_{p^{12}}$ for some ...
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### How to change the following commitment scheme to Pedersen commitment?

In my question here Zero knowledge set membership protocol The suggested solution allows a prover to choose a commitment $C$. Then, A trusted third party ($T$) can validate if $C$ is valid or not. ...
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### Pairing-free group based encryption scheme

Can someone explain what is a pairing-free group ? There is encryption schemes, for example 1, that qualify there proposed construction as pairing-free group. However, they use bilinear group in the ...
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### How is it decided if $G_1$ and $G_2$ are two “additive” or “multiplicative” cyclic groups?

According to wiki's definition of Bilinear pairing… Let $G_1$ and $G_2$ be two additive cyclic groups of prime order $q$, and $G_T$ another cyclic group of order $q$ written multiplicatively. A ...
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### What's the difference between symmetric and asymmetic multilinear map?

In pairing-based cryptography, we have 3 types, namely Type-I, where $\mathbb{G}_1 = \mathbb{G}_2$, and in Type-II and Type-III we have that $\mathbb{G}_1 \neq \mathbb{G}_2$, however in Type-II we ...
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### What is the difference between these pairings classifications?

I know the basic definitions of bilinear groups. For example, there is a bilinear pairing that uses elliptic curves and has the following properties: For $G_1$, and $G_2$ are cyclic groups of prime ...
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### New Pairing Friendly Curves for SM9

A paper was presented at the INSCRYPT 2018 called: "Searching BN Curves for SM9" http://xxhb.fjnu.edu.cn/_upload/tpl/06/5d/1629/template1629/papers/88.pdf SM9 is a Chinese National Identity Based ...
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### Do Weil, Tate, and Ate pairings exist on all elliptic curves?

I don't know much about the math behind elliptic curves. Do Weil, Tate and Ate pairings exist on all elliptic curves? If the answer is negative, then what pairings do MNT, BN and SS curves have? ...
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### Is there a concept of embedding degree for non-pairing based elliptic curves?

From this post, I learned the concept of embedding degree. Intuitively, if embedding degree of an elliptic curve $E(F_p)$ is $k$, it means there is a way to transform points in $E(F_p)$ to $F_{p^k}$. ...
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### What does the number 256 in pairing curve BN256 indicate?

There are many pairing based elliptic curves like MNT curves, BN curves, SS curves etc., When we say BN256 curve, what does the number 256 indicate? Is it some group order or number of bits required ...
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### Does this equation hold in a bilinear map?

I would like to verify whether or not the following equation holds: $e(a,c)^{c1\cdot c2\cdot c3}e(b,c)^{c1\cdot c2\cdot c4}==e(a,c)^{c2\cdot c3}e(b,c)^{c1^2\cdot c2\cdot c4}$ for appropriately ...
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### If curve bn256/bls12 support the isomorphism from $G_2$ to $G_1$?

Is bn256 or bls12 a type-2 pairing-friendly curve? As Dan Boneh said here While in many pairing instantiations this ψ exists naturally, in some instantiations it does not. However I can not find ...
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### Are there any NIST curves with pairings?

NIST FIPS.186-4 has standardized 5 ECC curves on field 𝔽𝑝 (P-192, P-224, P-256, P-384, P-521) and 10 elliptic curves on binary fields. None of them seem to have pairings. Are there any standard ...
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### Is this an error in the Pinocchio Protocol paper

I am going through the Pinocchio protocol paper and I need 2 clarifications in the section Protocol 1 (Verifiable Computation from strong QAP). The part that explains the Verify process, which ...
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### Proving multiple products “in the exponent”

I'm trying to come up with a small-sized (non-interactive) proof for a Diffie-Hellman-like statement. I'll start by giving an example. The prover has $g^a, g^b, g^c, g^{ac}, g^{ab}, g^{bc}, g^{abc}$. ...
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### Sextic twist maps to q Eigenspace of Frobenius

Let $E(p)$ be a Barretto-Naehrig elliptic curve with r-torsion and embedding degree 12 and $E'$ a sextic twist with homomorphism $\psi$. How to show, that $E'$ has a unique r-torsion group $\psi$ ...
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### How to apply lagrange interpolation on bilinear pairings?

I have seen in some places applications of Shamir secret sharing and lagrange interpolation mixed with bilinear pairings, however I fail to understand how this works. For instance, here I find the ...
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### Is there a bilinear map on a non abelian group or non cyclic group?

I've recently been studying a pairing map on cryptography. In usual definition, a pairing map is always defined on the cyclic group G. Is it possible to construct a bilinear map on a non-abelian group ...
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### Can cryptographically useful pairings only be used with elliptic curves?

As far as I understand one big advantage of ECC is that we can use pairings on the group of torsion points of the curve. I was wondering if it is possible to construct pairings from general finite ...
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### Why “pairings on elliptic curve” are used?

I'm just curious why do we use pairings on elliptic curve cryptography. There is a lot of information about how to use it, but I cannot find information about why to use it. Can somebody help?
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### Understanding the big picture with regard to how anonymous credentials work

I'm trying to learn about anonymous credential systems. I started with Lysyanskaya's thesis, which gives an outline of how to build an AC system given some particular primitives (signature scheme, ...
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### Weil pairing of P and Q

it the following example for page 56 of the book http://www.craigcostello.com.au/pairings/PairingsForBeginners.pdf I could not understand how the author found the Weil pairing of two points p and Q. I ...
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### DDH and pairings are not contradictory in RingCT 2.0?

As I know DDH assumption and bilinear pairings are contradictory, but I see this in a paper, RingCT 2.0. How could this be ok? Linkable ring signature will be attacked by bilinear pairings.