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Hash tree is a secure way to authenticate stored data. However, it is difficult to maintain a consistent state between the authentication result and data, which is necessary for permanent data storage of disk. Incremental node updating is proposed to solve such problem, it synchronizes data modification and authentication result with low cost. The reason is that the path from leaf node to root node of the tree can be very short, and each step on the path can be finished quickly as no sibling nodes are required. Thus, it greatly reduce additional disk I/O for authentication synchronization. Together with a low cost logging mechanism implemented by NVRAM, system can make fast recovery to still keep the required consistency after any failures. Related approach is elaborated, as well as testing results. Theoretical analysis and experimental simulations show that it is a practical and available way for mass data storage authentication.
Date of Conference: 22-25 June 2010