Toward encrypted cloud media center with secure deduplication

Yifeng Zheng, Xingliang Yuan, Xinyu Wang, Jinghua Jiang, Cong Wang, Xiaolin Gui

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The explosive growth of multimedia contents, especially videos, is pushing forward the paradigm of cloud-based media hosting today. However, the wide attacking surface of the public cloud and the growing security awareness from the society are both calling for data encryption before outsourcing to cloud. Under the circumstance of encrypted videos, how to still preserve all the service benefits of cloud media center remains to be fully explored. In this paper, we present a secure system architecture design as our initial effort toward this direction, which bridges together the advancements of video coding techniques and secure deduplication. Our design enables the cloud with the crucial deduplication functionality to completely eliminate the extra storage and bandwidth cost, which would have been incurred by hosting encrypted videos from different entities. The design is also carefully tailored to the scalable video coding (SVC) techniques to support heterogeneous networks and devices for high-quality adaptive video dissemination. We show fully functional system implementations with structure-aware encryption design and structure-aware deduplication strategies that are both completely compliant with the video format in SVC. Extensive security analysis and experiments via our prototype deployed on Azure cloud platform show the practicality of the design. Our work can also be easily extended to support other media applications that employ media files with scalable structures.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)251-265
Number of pages15
JournalIEEE Transactions on Multimedia
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • Cloud media center
  • layer-level deduplication
  • scalable video coding (SVC)
  • secure deduplication

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