U-Prove is an innovative cryptographic technology that allows users to minimally disclose certified information about themselves when interacting with online resource providers. U-Prove provides a superset of the security features of Public Key Infrastructure (PKI), and also provide strong privacy protections by offering superior user control and preventing unwanted user tracking.
A U-Prove token is a new type of credential similar to a PKI certificate that can encode attributes of any type, but with two important differences:
1) The issuance and presentation of a token is unlinkable due to the special type of public key and signature encoded in the token; the cryptographic “wrapping” of the attributes contain no correlation handles. This prevents unwanted tracking of users when they use their U-Prove tokens, even by colluding insiders.
2) Users can minimally disclose information about what attributes are encoded in a token in response to dynamic verifier policies. As an example, a user may choose to only disclose a subset of the encoded attributes, prove that her undisclosed name does not appear on a blacklist, or prove that she is of age without disclosing her actual birthdate.
These user-centric aspects make the U-Prove technology ideally suited to creating the digital equivalent of paper-based credentials and the plastic ID cards in one's wallet.
Microsoft has made available the foundational features of the technology by releasing the core U-Prove specifications under the Open Specification Promise.
- Open-source U-Prove C# Crypto SDK. (Old C# and Java version have been archived.)
- Stefan Brands’ book detailing the underpinning of the U-Prove technology.
- The European Union funded project ABC4Trust on privacy-preserving identity credentials, in which Microsoft participates.
- Revision 2 of the specification and the C# SDK has been released. This release features an optimized token issuance protocol, and an ability to present scope-exclusive pseudonyms and to generate cryptographic commitments from attribute values. (April 2013)
- U-Prove presented at NIST’s Privacy-Enhancing Cryptography Workshop (Dec 9th 2011)
- Kuppinger Cole awarded U-Prove with a Best Innovation" award in the category of Outstanding projects and initiatives in Identity Management
- The International Association of Privacy Professionals honored U-Prove with a Technology Innovation award
- Fraunhofer Fokus was honored with the TeleTrusT Technology Innovation Award for their work with Microsoft on privacy-enhancing identity systems
- Scott Charney featured the U-Prove HealthVault registration demo in his RSA 2011 Keynote
- Christian Paquin, U-Prove Recommended Parameters Profile V1.1 (Revision 2), Microsoft, April 2013
- Christian Paquin, U-Prove Technology Overview V1.1 (Revision 2), Microsoft, April 2013
- Christian Paquin and Greg Zaverucha, U-Prove Cryptographic Specification V1.1 (Revision 2), Microsoft, April 2013
- Christian Paquin, U-Prove Cryptographic Test Vectors V1.1 (Revision 2), Microsoft, April 2013