Cryptology ePrint Archive: Report 2020/1579

Efficient Verifiable Image Redacting based on zk-SNARKs

Hankyung Ko and Ingeun Lee and Seunghwa Lee and Jihye Kim and Hyunok Oh

Abstract: Image is a visual representation of a certain fact and can be used as proof of events. As the utilization of the image increases, it is required to prove its authenticity with the protection of its sensitive personal information. In this paper, we propose a new efficient verifiable image redacting scheme based on zk-SNARKs, a commitment, and a digital signature scheme. We adopt a commit-and-prove SNARK scheme which takes commitments as inputs, in which the authenticity can be quickly verified outside the circuit. We also specify relations between the original and redacted images to guarantee the redacting correctness. Our experimental results show that the proposed scheme is superior to the existing works in terms of the key size and proving time without sacrificing the other parameters. The security of the proposed scheme is proven formally.

Category / Keywords: cryptographic protocols / zk-SNARK, image authentication, privacy, filtering

Date: received 17 Dec 2020

Contact author: hankyungko at hanyang ac kr,ingeunlee@kookmin ac kr,ttyhgo@kookmin ac kr,jihyek@kookmin ac kr,hoh@hanyang ac kr

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