Multimedia Tools and Applications

, Volume 78, Issue 5, pp 5305–5328 | Cite as

Image authentication and tamper localization based on relative difference between DCT coefficient and its estimated value

  • Wenjia Ding
  • Yi Xie
  • Yulin WangEmail author


Digital images are increasingly transmitted over non-secure channels such as Internet, therefore image authentication techniques have recently gained great attention due to their importance for a large number of multimedia applications. To protect the authenticity of images, several approaches have been proposed. These approaches include conventional cryptography, semi-fragile watermarking and digital signatures. In this paper, we propose two techniques of the same type based on what we call characteristic data digest. Both techniques can blindly detect and localize malicious tampering, while maintaining reasonable tolerance to conventional content-preserving manipulations. The characteristic data is derived from the relative difference between each pair of selected DCT coefficient, AC for one technique and DC for another technique, in a central block and its counterpart estimated by the center block and its adjacent blocks. In order to maintain the relative difference relationship when the image undergoes legitimate processing, we make a pre-compensation for the coefficients. Experimental results show that our techniques are significantly superior to semi-fragile techniques under the condition of the same image fidelity, especially in tolerance range of legitimate processing, and/or the ability to detect and localize the tampered area. Due to the simplicity of the algorithms, our techniques can be used in video frame authentication, and even other digital media. In addition, this kind of proposed techniques can be extended to use other characteristic data, such as high-level moment, statistical data of images, and so on.


Image authentication Digital image signature Semi-fragile watermark DCT transforms 



This work was supported by applied basic research plan of Wuhan Science and Technology Bureau with Grant No. 2017010201010105 in China, and Shenzhen Science and Technology Innovation Committee with Grant No. JCYJ20170306170559215 in China.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Computer ScienceWuhan UniversityWuhanChina
  2. 2.Shenzhen Research InstituteWuhan UniversityShenzhenChina

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