Journal of Computer Science

A Chaotic Block Cipher for Real-Time Multimedia

N. Radha and M. Venkatesulu

DOI : 10.3844/jcssp.2012.994.1000

Journal of Computer Science

Volume 8, Issue 6

Pages 994-1000


Problem statement: The widespread use of image, audio and video data makes media content protection increasingly necessary and important. We propose a naive approach which treats the multimedia signal to be protected as a text and use proposed encryption design to encrypt the whole data stream. Upon reception, the entire cipher text data stream would be decrypted and playback can be performed at the client end with an initial time delay. Approach: We introduce a block cipher algorithm, which encrypts and decrypts a block size of 512 bits regardless of the file format. In this, a permutation algorithm using a chaotic system is employed to provide the shuffler function. A shuffler operator is defined using the shuffler function. A random key generator generates key sequences and the scheme employs key-dependant transformations based on distance in the shuffling operator. The process of encryption/decryption is governed by the shuffler function, shuffler operator and the pseudorandom key. Results: The basic operation used is logical XOR and so the algorithm has a very high encryption/decryption speed. The execution time shows the proposed scheme is faster than the existing cryptographic schemes. Conclusion: The proposal of the algorithm is to manage the tradeoffs between the speed and security and hence appropriate for real-time image and video communication applications.


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