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Establishing a key hierarchy for Conditional Access without encryption

  • J. Schwenk
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Part of the IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology book series (IFIPAICT)

Abstract

Conditional Access systems use special key management schemes which ensure that encrypted broadcast services can only be accessed by those who are entitled to receive them. In many cases, a key hierarchy is used for this purpose. In this article, solutions are presented to improve existing Conditional Access systems by using deeper key hierarchies, and by establishing these hierarchies without the use of encryption techniques.

Keywords

Conditional Access cryptographic key management encryption Pay-TV polynomials threshold schemes tree structure 

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Copyright information

© IFIP International Federation for Information Processing 1996

Authors and Affiliations

  • J. Schwenk
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  1. 1.Technologiezentrum Am Kavalleriesand 3Deutsche Telekom AGDarmstadtGermany

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