Threshold-optimal dsa/ecdsa signatures and an application to bitcoin wallet security

Year 2015
Author Rosario Gennaro, Steven Goldfeder, and Arvind Narayanan
Publisher Cryptology ePrint Archive
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While threshold signature schemes have been presented before, there has never been an optimal threshold signature algorithm for DSA. Due to the properties of DSA, it is far more difficult to create a threshold scheme for it than for other signature algorithms. In this paper, we present a breakthrough scheme that provides a threshold DSA algorithm that is efficient and optimal. We also present a compelling application to use our scheme: securing Bitcoin wallets. Bitcoin thefts are on the rise, and threshold DSA is necessary to secure Bitcoin wallets. Our scheme is the first general threshold DSA scheme that does not require an honest majority and is useful for securing Bitcoin wallets.