Honey Encryption Review

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Honey Encryption (HE) is a new encryption scheme that overcomes the weakness of traditional password-based encryption (PBE). It allows data to be encrypted using low min-entropy keys whilst delivering resilience against brute-force attacks. HE generates a ciphertext which, when decrypted with an invalid key, yields a plausible-looking but invalid plaintext referred to as a honey message. In this paper, we review the concept of Honey Objects, with a specific focus on the HE scheme. We investigate the current state of the art research in this field and look at practical applications which have been considered or developed thus far. Finally, we discuss the current limitations of HE and potential areas of interest for future research.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages5
Publication statusUnpublished - 25 Apr 2017


  • Cryptography
  • Honey Encryption
  • Honey Objects
  • Brute-force Attack
  • Password Cracking
  • Password-based Encryption
  • Distribution-Transforming Encoders


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