Efficient secret sharing scheme with cheater identification based on QR code

Peng Cheng Huang, Chin Chen Chang, Yung Hui Li, Yanjun Liu

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Secret sharing is an effective way of protecting secret messages. However, the traditional secret sharing schemes are considered meaningless due to malicious people attention which might raise risks. To overcome the weakness, this paper presents an effective secret sharing scheme with the functionality of cheater identification, based on meaningful QR code. The secret message will be split and concealed in the padding region of cover QR codes with the assistance of Latin square and it can be completely restored when all the involved participants cooperate. The concealing strategy exploits the characteristic of Reed-Solomon (RS) code to ensure the strong robustness of generated QR code pseudo-shares. The meaningful QR code pseudo-shares help to reduce the curious of unrelated persons. Some experiments were done to evaluate the performance of proposed scheme. The results showed that the proposed scheme is feasible, efficient and secure compared to the other existing schemes. It also achieves a higher secret payload and maintains stronger robustness.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5144-5160
Number of pages17
JournalKSII Transactions on Internet and Information Systems
Issue number10
StatePublished - 30 Oct 2019


  • Cheater identification
  • Latin square
  • QR code
  • Reed-Solomon code
  • Secret sharing


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