Multimedia Tools and Applications

, Volume 78, Issue 21, pp 30297–30313 | Cite as

Secure multimedia distribution in cloud computing using re-encryption and fingerprinting

  • Lizhi XiongEmail author
  • Zhihua Xia
  • Xianyi Chen
  • Hiuk Jae Shim


Recently, cloud computing becomes a main platform for the distribution of multimedia content. The paradigm of multimedia distribution has been shifted from the models in traditional ways to the one in cloud computing. Security and privacy are two most important issues in multimedia distribution. The new model in cloud computing concerns the following issues. Firstly, outsourced content should be confidential except a data owner (DO). Secondly, the CSP is semi-trusted in the public cloud computing environment. A malicious data user (DU) may collude with the CSP to harm the DO’s rights and interests. Thirdly, the rights and interests of DU, including anonymity and unlinkability, should be protected. Based on the above problems, we propose and analyze a Multimedia Distribution based Re-encryption and Fingerprinting (MDRF) scheme in cloud computing. The proposed scheme 1) allows efficient distribution of the content while preserving security and privacy of copyright holders and end users, 2) resolve the problems of piracy tracing, collusion resistance, and dispute resolution, and 3) protect the rights and interests of DU, including anonymity and unlinkability. The analysis part demonstrates that the security of DO and DU are well provided in the proposed scheme. The experimental results evaluate the performance of our framework in terms of collusion resistance of the fingerprint and imperceptibility of fingerprint embedding.


Re-encryption Fingerprint Cloud computing Multimedia distribution 



The authors are grateful for the anonymous reviewers who made constructive comments and improvements. This work was supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (No. 61702276, 61672294, 61502242), the Startup Foundation for Introducing Talent of Nanjing University of Information Science and Technology under Grant 2016r055, and the Priority Academic Program Development (PAPD) of Jiangsu Higher Education Institutions.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Computer and SoftwareNanjing University of Information Science and TechnologyNanjingChina
  2. 2.Jiangsu Engineering Center of Network MonitoringNanjing University of Information Science and TechnologyNanjingChina
  3. 3.Jiangsu Collaborative Innovation Center of Atmospheric Environment and Equipment Technology (CICAEET)Nanjing University of Information Science and TechnologyNanjingChina

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