Universal secure error-correcting schemes for network coding

Danilo Silva, Frank R. Kschischang
2010 2010 IEEE International Symposium on Information Theory  
This paper considers the problem of securing a linear network coding system against an adversary that is both an eavesdropper and a jammer. The network is assumed to transport n packets from source to each receiver, and the adversary is allowed to eavesdrop on \mu arbitrarily chosen links and also to inject up to t erroneous packets into the network. The goal of the system is to achieve zero-error communication that is information-theoretically secure from the adversary. Moreover, this goal
more » ... be attained in a universal fashion, i.e., regardless of the network topology or the underlying network code. An upper bound on the achievable rate under these requirements is shown to be n-\mu-2t packets per transmission. A scheme is proposed that can achieve this maximum rate, for any n and any field size q, provided the packet length m is at least n symbols. The scheme is based on rank-metric codes and admits low-complexity encoding and decoding. In addition, the scheme is shown to be optimal in the sense that the required packet length is the smallest possible among all universal schemes that achieve the maximum rate.
doi:10.1109/isit.2010.5513776 dblp:conf/isit/SilvaK10 fatcat:bjxkbbdgovcx5nt5w7khjztz7a