Achieving Multicast Stream Authentication Using MDS Codes

Date Added: Jan 2011
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The authors address the multicast stream authentication problem when the communication channel is under the control of an opponent who can drop, reorder or inject data. In such a network model, packet overhead and computing efficiency are important parameters to be taken into account when designing a multicast authentication protocol. The construction will exhibit three main advantages. First, the packet overhead will only be a few hashes long. Second, they will exhibit a number of signature verifications to be performed by the receivers which will turn to be O (1). Third, every receiver will still be able to recover all the data packets emitted by the sender despite losses and injections occurred during the transmission of information.