Vol.65, No.1, 2020, pp.153-170, doi:10.32604/cmc.2020.011293
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A Key Recovery System Based on Password-Protected Secret Sharing in a Permissioned Blockchain
  • Gyeong-Jin Ra1, Chang-Hyun Roh1, Im-Yeong Lee1, *
1 First Soonchunhyang University, Asan-si, 31538, Korea.
* Corresponding Author: Im-Yeong Lee. Email: imylee@sch.ac.kr.
Received 30 April 2020; Accepted 08 June 2020; Issue published 23 July 2020
Abstract
In today’s fourth industrial revolution, various blockchain technologies are being actively researched. A blockchain is a peer-to-peer data-sharing structure lacking central control. If a user wishes to access stored data, she/he must employ a private key to prove ownership of the data and create a transaction. If the private key is lost, blockchain data cannot be accessed. To solve such a problem, public blockchain users can recover the key using a wallet program. However, key recovery in a permissioned blockchain (PBC) has been but little studied. The PBC server is Honest-but-Curious (HBC), and should not be able to learn anything of the user; the server should simply recover and store the key. The server must also be resistant to malicious attacks. Therefore, key recovery in a PBC must satisfy various security requirements. Here, we present a password-protected secret sharing (PPSS) key recovery system, protected by a secure password from a malicious key storage server of a PBC. We describe existing key recovery schemes and our PPSS scheme.
Keywords
Password-protected secret sharing, key recovery, blockchain, wallet security.
Cite This Article
Ra, G., Roh, C., Lee, I. (2020). A Key Recovery System Based on Password-Protected Secret Sharing in a Permissioned Blockchain. CMC-Computers, Materials & Continua, 65(1), 153–170.
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