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Paper   IPM / M / 16307
School of Mathematics
  Title:   A joint encryption and coded modulation scheme using QC-LDPC codes
  Author(s):  Hassan Khodaimehr (Joint with Kh. Bagheri, M.-R. Sadeghi, and D. Panario)
  Status:   To Appear
  Journal: IEEE Transactions on Communications
  Supported by:  IPM
  Abstract:
We propose a new nonlinear Rao-Nam like symmetric key encryption scheme. In our design, we employ a specific type of coded modulation schemes namely quasi-cyclic low-density parity-check (QC-LDPC) lattice-codes which have low-complexity encoding and decoding algorithms. Due to the application of coded modulation schemes in our design, the proposed scheme performs encryption, encoding and modulation simultaneously. Therefore, we regard the proposed scheme as a joint cryptosystem. The proposed joint cryptosystem withstands all variants of chosen plaintext attacks applied on Rao-Nam like cryptosystems due to its nonlinearity. Moreover, some conditions implying the uniformity of the ciphertexts distribution are introduced through our analysis. Our scheme is efficient and admits small key size. These features are obtained due to several reasons including the quasi-cyclic form of the generator and the parity-check matrices of QC-LDPC lattice-codes, and the simple hardware structure for generating the permutation matrix, the intentional error vector and the nonlinear functions used in our design. The QC-LDPC lattice-codes facilitate high-rate transmission which is suitable for bandlimited AWGN channels. Our simulations indicate that QC-LDPC lattice-codes outperform the error performance of high-order coded modulation schemes based on QAM modulations. Hence, our scheme provides secure, reliable and efficient data transmission in bandlimited AWGN channels.

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