An Efficient Time-Bound Hierarchical Key Management Scheme for Secure Broadcasting


In electronic subscription and pay TV systems, data can be organized and encrypted using symmetric key algorithms according to predefined time periods and user privileges, then broadcast to users. This requires an efficient way to manage the encryption keys. In this scenario, time-bound key management schemes for a hierarchy were proposed by Tzeng and Chien in 2002 and 2005, respectively. Both schemes are insecure against collusion attacks. In this paper, we propose a new key assignment scheme for access control which is both efficient and secure. Elliptic curve cryptography is deployed in this scheme. We also provide analysis of the scheme with respect to security and efficiency issues.


Access controls, Cryptographic controls, Database Administration

Date of this Version



IEEE Transactions on Dependable and Secure Computing, April-June 2008 (vol. 5 no. 2) pp. 65-70