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Fast encryption of image data using chaotic Kolmogorov flows
Author(s): Josef Scharinger
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Paper Abstract

To guarantee security and privacy in image transmission and archival applications, adequate efficient bulk encryption techniques are necessary which are able to cope with the vast amounts of image data involved. Experience has shown that block-oriented symmetric product ciphers constitute an adequate design paradigm for resolving this task, since they can offer a very high level of security as well as very high encryption rates. In this contribution we introduce a new product cipher which encrypts large blocks of plain-text (images) by repeated intertwined application of substitution and permutation operations. While almost all of the current product ciphers used fixed (predefined) permutation operations on small data blocks, our approach involves parameterizable (keyed) permutations on large data blocks (whole images) induced by specific chaotic systems (Kolmogorov flows). By combining these highly unstable dynamics with an adaption of a very fast shift register based pseudo-random number generator we obtain a new class of computationally secure product ciphers which are firmly grounded on systems theoretic concepts, offering many features that make them superior to contemporary bulk encryption systems when aiming at efficient image data encryption.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 January 1997
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 3022, Storage and Retrieval for Image and Video Databases V, (15 January 1997); doi: 10.1117/12.263416
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Josef Scharinger, Johannes Kepler Univ. Linz (Austria)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3022:
Storage and Retrieval for Image and Video Databases V
Ishwar K. Sethi; Ramesh C. Jain, Editor(s)

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