Private Editing Using Untrusted Cloud Services
Source: University of Virginia
The authors present a general methodology for protecting the confidentiality and integrity of user data for a class of on-line editing applications. The key insight is that many of these applications are designed to perform most of their data-dependent computation on the client side, so it is possible to maintain their functionality while only exposing an encrypted version of the document to the server. They apply the methodology to Google Documents and describe a prototype extension tool that enables users to use a cloud application to manage their documents without sacrificing confidentiality or integrity. To provide adequate performance, they employ an incremental encryption scheme and extend it to support variable-length blocks.