Cryptology ePrint Archive: Report 2017/728

Evidence-Based Trust Mechanism Using Clustering Algorithms for Distributed Storage Systems

Giulia Traverso and Carlos Garcia Cordero and Mehrdad Nojoumian and Reza Azarderakhsh and Denise Demirel and Sheikh Mahbub Habib and Johannes Buchmann

Abstract: In distributed storage systems, documents are shared among multiple Cloud providers and stored within their respective storage servers. In social secret sharing-based distributed storage systems, shares of the documents are allocated according to the trustworthiness of the storage servers. This paper proposes a trust mechanism using machine learning techniques to compute evidence-based trust values. Our mechanism mitigates the effect of colluding storage servers. More precisely, it becomes possible to detect unreliable evidence and establish countermeasures in order to discourage the collusion of storage servers. Furthermore, this trust mechanism is applied to the social secret sharing protocol AS$^3$, showing that this new evidence-based trust mechanism enhances the protection of the stored documents.

Category / Keywords: applications / trust management, social secret sharing, applied cryptography, distributed storage systems, cloud computing, clustering algorithms

Original Publication (with major differences): 15th International Conference on Privacy, Security and Trust (PST2017)

Date: received 26 Jul 2017

Contact author: gtraverso at cdc informatik tu-darmstadt de

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