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Entropy 2017, 19(10), 529; https://doi.org/10.3390/e19100529

How Can We Fully Use Noiseless Feedback to Enhance the Security of the Broadcast Channel with Confidential Messages

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1,2,†,* and 1
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School of Information Science and Technology, Southwest JiaoTong University, Chengdu 611756, China
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The State Key Laboratory of Integrated Services Networks, Xidian University, Xi’an 710071, China
These authors contributed equally to this work.
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Received: 1 August 2017 / Revised: 1 October 2017 / Accepted: 2 October 2017 / Published: 6 October 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Network Information Theory)
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Abstract

The model for a broadcast channel with confidential messages (BC-CM) plays an important role in the physical layer security of modern communication systems. In recent years, it has been shown that a noiseless feedback channel from the legitimate receiver to the transmitter increases the secrecy capacity region of the BC-CM. However, at present, the feedback coding scheme for the BC-CM only focuses on producing secret keys via noiseless feedback, and other usages of the feedback need to be further explored. In this paper, we propose a new feedback coding scheme for the BC-CM. The noiseless feedback in this new scheme is not only used to produce secret keys for the legitimate receiver and the transmitter but is also used to generate update information that allows both receivers (the legitimate receiver and the wiretapper) to improve their channel outputs. From a binary example, we show that this full utilization of noiseless feedback helps to increase the secrecy level of the previous feedback scheme for the BC-CM. View Full-Text
Keywords: broadcast channel with confidential messages; noiseless feedback; secrecy capacity region; source coding with side information broadcast channel with confidential messages; noiseless feedback; secrecy capacity region; source coding with side information
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Li, X.; Dai, B.; Ma, Z. How Can We Fully Use Noiseless Feedback to Enhance the Security of the Broadcast Channel with Confidential Messages. Entropy 2017, 19, 529.

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