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Appl. Sci. 2018, 8(12), 2519; https://doi.org/10.3390/app8122519

Unified Ciphertext-Policy Weighted Attribute-Based Encryption for Sharing Data in Cloud Computing

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National Engineering Laboratory for Disaster Backup and Recovery, Information Security Center, School of Cyberspace Security, Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications, Beijing 100876, China
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Data61, CSIRO, Sydney, NSW 2122, Australia
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Global Big Data Technologies Centre, University of Technology Sydney, Sydney, NSW 2007, Australia
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Received: 6 November 2018 / Revised: 30 November 2018 / Accepted: 4 December 2018 / Published: 6 December 2018
(This article belongs to the Section Computer Science and Electrical Engineering)
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Abstract

With the rapid development of cloud computing, it is playing an increasingly important role in data sharing. Meanwhile, attribute-based encryption (ABE) has been an effective way to share data securely in cloud computing. In real circumstances, there is often a mutual access sub-policy in different providers’ access policies, and the significance of each attribute is usual diverse. In this paper, a secure and efficient data-sharing scheme in cloud computing, which is called unified ciphertext-policy weighted attribute-based encryption (UCP-WABE), is proposed. The weighted attribute authority assigns weights to attributes depending on their importance. The mutual information extractor extracts the mutual access sub-policy and generates the mutual information. Thus, UCP-WABE lowers the total encryption time cost of multiple providers. We prove that UCP-WABE is selectively secure on the basis of the security of ciphertext-policy weighted attribute-based encryption (CP-WABE). Additionally, the results of the implementation shows that UCP-WABE is efficient in terms of time. View Full-Text
Keywords: attribute-based encryption; cloud computing; data sharing attribute-based encryption; cloud computing; data sharing
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Li, W.; Ni, W.; Liu, D.; Liu, R.P.; Luo, S. Unified Ciphertext-Policy Weighted Attribute-Based Encryption for Sharing Data in Cloud Computing. Appl. Sci. 2018, 8, 2519.

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