Enhanced password processing scheme based on visual cryptography and OCR

Dana Yang, Inshil Doh, Kijoon Chae

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Traditional password conversion scheme for user authentication is to transform the passwords into hash values. These hash-based password schemes are comparatively simple and fast because those are based on text and famed cryptography. However, those can be exposed to cyber-Attacks utilizing password by cracking tool or hash-cracking online sites. Attackers can thoroughly figure out an original password from hash value when that is relatively simple and plain. As a result, many hacking accidents have been happened predominantly in systems adopting those hash-based schemes. In this work, we suggest enhanced password processing scheme based on image using visual cryptography (VC). Different from the traditional scheme based on hash and text, our scheme transforms a user ID of text type to two images encrypted by VC. The user should make two images consisted of subpixels by random function with SEED which includes personal information. The server only has user's ID and one of the images instead of password. When the user logs in and sends another image, the server can extract ID by utilizing OCR (Optical Character Recognition). As a result, it can authenticate user by comparing extracted ID with the saved one. Our proposal has lower computation, prevents cyber-Attack aimed at hash-cracking, and supports authentication not to expose personal information such as ID to attackers.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication31st International Conference on Information Networking, ICOIN 2017
PublisherIEEE Computer Society
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9781509051243
StatePublished - 13 Apr 2017
Event31st International Conference on Information Networking, ICOIN 2017 - Da Nang, Viet Nam
Duration: 11 Jan 201713 Jan 2017

Publication series

NameInternational Conference on Information Networking
ISSN (Print)1976-7684


Conference31st International Conference on Information Networking, ICOIN 2017
Country/TerritoryViet Nam
CityDa Nang

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  • hash
  • image-based password scheme
  • visual cryptography


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