Paper 2011/025

Supporting Publication and Subscription Confidentiality in Pub/Sub Networks

Mihaela Ion, Giovanni Russello, and Bruno Crispo


The publish/subscribe model offers a loosely-coupled communication paradigm where applications interact indirectly and asynchronously. Publisher applications generate events that are sent to interested applications through a network of brokers. Subscriber applications express their interest by specifying filters that brokers can use for routing the events. Supporting confidentiality of messages being exchanged is still challenging. First of all, it is desirable that any scheme used for protecting the confidentiality of both the events and filters should not require the publishers and subscribers to share secret keys. In fact, such a restriction is against the loose-coupling of the model. Moreover, such a scheme should not restrict the expressiveness of filters and should allow the broker to perform event filtering to route the events to the interested parties. Existing solutions do not fully address these issues. In this paper, we provide a novel scheme that supports (i) confidentiality for events and filters; (ii) filters can express very complex constraints on events even if brokers are not able to access any information on both events and filters; (iii) and finally it does not require publishers and subscribers to share keys.

Note: This is a corrected version of the SecureComm paper. We made improvements to event encryption, filter encryption and matching to improve performance.

Available format(s)
Publication info
Published elsewhere. Proceedings of the 6th International ICST Conference on Security and Privacy in Communication Networks (SecureComm 2010)
attribute-based encryptionencrypted search
Contact author(s)
mihaela ion @ create-net org
2011-01-14: received
Short URL
Creative Commons Attribution


      author = {Mihaela Ion and Giovanni Russello and Bruno Crispo},
      title = {Supporting Publication and Subscription Confidentiality in Pub/Sub Networks},
      howpublished = {Cryptology ePrint Archive, Paper 2011/025},
      year = {2011},
      note = {\url{}},
      url = {}
Note: In order to protect the privacy of readers, does not use cookies or embedded third party content.