VOUTE-Virtual Overlays Using Tree Embeddings [article]

Stefanie Roos, Martin Beck, Thorsten Strufe
2016 arXiv   pre-print
Friend-to-friend (F2F) overlays, which restrict direct communication to mutually trusted parties, are a promising substrate for privacy-preserving communication due to their inherent membership-concealment and Sybil-resistance. Yet, existing F2F overlays suffer from a low performance, are vulnerable to denial-of-service attacks, or fail to provide anonymity. In particular, greedy embeddings allow highly efficient communication in arbitrary connectivity-restricted overlays but require
more » ... ng parties to reveal their identity. In this paper, we present a privacy-preserving routing scheme for greedy embeddings based on anonymous return addresses rather than identifying node coordinates. We prove that the presented algorithm are highly scalalbe, with regard to the complexity of both the routing and the stabilization protocols. Furthermore, we show that the return addresses provide plausible deniability for both sender and receiver. We further enhance the routing's resilience by using multiple embeddings and propose a method for efficient content addressing. Our simulation study on real-world data indicates that our approach is highly efficient and effectively mitigates failures as well as powerful denial-of-service attacks.
arXiv:1601.06119v1 fatcat:wxiljy4vc5adhguinbpnh6yte4