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Provably Secure Constant Round Contributory Group Key Agreement in Dynamic Setting

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2 Author(s)
Ratna Dutta ; Nat. Univ. of Ireland, Maynooth ; Rana Barua

In this paper, we present and analyze a variant of Burmester-Desmedt group key agreement protocol (BD) and enhance it to dynamic setting where a set of users can leave or join the group at any time during protocol execution with updated keys. In contrast to BD protocol, let us refer to our protocol as DB protocol. Although the DB protocol is similar to BD protocol, there are subtle differences between them: 1) Key computation in DB protocol is different and simpler than in BD protocol with same complexity of BD protocol; 2) Number of rounds required in our authenticated DB protocol is one less than that in authenticated BD protocol introduced by Katz-Yung; 3) DB protocol is more flexible than BD protocol in the sense that DB protocol is dynamic. The reusability of user's precomputed data in previous session enables the join and leave algorithms of our DB protocol to reduce most user's computation complexities which can be useful in real life applications; and 4) DB protocol has the ability to detect the presence of corrupted group members, although one can not detect who among the group members are behaving improperly.

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IEEE Transactions on Information Theory  (Volume:54 ,  Issue: 5 )