Reversibility improved data hiding in encrypted images

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)118-127
Journal / PublicationSignal Processing
Volume94
Online published29 Jun 2013
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2014
Externally publishedYes

Abstract

A novel reversible data hiding technique in encrypted images is presented in this paper. Instead of embedding data in encrypted images directly, some pixels are estimated before encryption so that additional data can be embedded in the estimating errors. A benchmark encryption algorithm (e.g. AES) is applied to the rest pixels of the image and a special encryption scheme is designed to encrypt the estimating errors. Without the encryption key, one cannot get access to the original image. However, provided with the data hiding key only, he can embed in or extract from the encrypted image additional data without knowledge about the original image. Moreover, the data extraction and image recovery are free of errors for all images. Experiments demonstrate the feasibility and efficiency of the proposed method, especially in aspect of embedding rate versus Peak Signal-to-Noise Ratio (PSNR).

Research Area(s)

  • Reversible data hiding, Image encryption, Privacy protection, Histogram shift

Citation Format(s)

Reversibility improved data hiding in encrypted images. / Zhang, Weiming; Ma, Kede; Yu, Nenghai.

In: Signal Processing, Vol. 94, 01.2014, p. 118-127.

Research output: Journal Publications and Reviews (RGC: 21, 22, 62)21_Publication in refereed journalpeer-review