On the Individual Secrecy Capacity Regions of the General, Degraded, and Gaussian Multi-Receiver Wiretap Broadcast Channel

Ahmed S. Mansour, Rafael F. Schaefer, Holger Boche

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In this paper, secure communication over a broadcast channel with multiple legitimate receivers and an external eavesdropper is investigated. Two different secrecy measures are considered. The first criterion is a conservative one known as joint secrecy, where the mutual leakage of all confidential messages must be small. The second criterion is a less conservative constraint known as individual secrecy, where the individual leakage of each confidential message must be small. At first, we consider the degraded multi-receiver wiretap broadcast channel and manage to establish the individual secrecy capacity region. Our encoding scheme applies a careful combination of the standard techniques of wiretap random coding and Shannon's one time pad encoding, where the confidential messages of the weak receivers are used as secret keys for the stronger ones. The validity of this technique is due to the properties of the degraded broadcast channel and the secrecy requirements of the individual secrecy criterion. Our result indicates that the individual secrecy capacity region is in fact larger than the joint one established in earlier literature. The established capacity region is then used to derive the individual secrecy capacity regions of the Gaussian single-input single-output and degraded Gaussian multiple-input multiple-output multi-receiver wiretap broadcast channels. Furthermore, we present an achievable rate region for the general two-receiver wiretap broadcast channel under both the joint and the individual secrecy criterion. Comparing these two rate regions suggests that even for the general case, the individual secrecy criterion might be able to provide a larger rate region compared with the joint one.

Original languageEnglish
Article number7467462
Pages (from-to)2107-2122
Number of pages16
JournalIEEE Transactions on Information Forensics and Security
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 2016


  • Gaussian SISO
  • Multi-receiver wiretap channel
  • degraded Gaussian MIMO
  • degraded broadcast channel
  • individual secrecy
  • joint secrecy
  • secrecy capacity region


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