Pitch-based steganography for Speex voice codec

Artur Janicki


This paper presents an improved version of a steganographic algorithm for IP telephony called HideF0. It is based on approximating the F0 parameter, which is responsible for conveying information about the pitch of the speech signal. The bits saved due to simplification of the pitch contour are used for the hidden transmission. In our experiments, the proposed method was applied to the narrowband Speex codec working in five different modes, with bitrates between 5,950 bps and 24,600 bps. We showed that HideF0 was able to create hidden channels with steganographic bandwidths of around 200 bps at the expense of a steganographic cost of between 0.5 and 0.7 MOS, depending on the Speex mode. Because of placing the approximation flag in the voice packet header, the improved version of the proposed algorithm yielded a significantly lower decrease in speech quality, when compared with the original version of HideF0. In addition, for low bitrates of the hidden channel (i.e., below ca. 50 bps) it was able to operate without introducing any steganographic cost.
Author Artur Janicki IT
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- The Institute of Telecommunications
Journal seriesSecurity and Communication Networks, ISSN 1939-0114 [1939-0122]
Issue year2016
Publication size in sheets0.5
Keywords in EnglishSteganography, IP telephony, information hiding, speech coding, pitech, Speex
projectThe Develpment of Digital Communicatios. Project leader: Siuzdak Jerzy, , Phone: +48 22 234-7232, start date 27-04-2015, end date 31-12-2016, IT/2015/statut, Completed
WEiTI Działalność statutowa
Languageen angielski
2016 Janicki Pitch-based steganography for Speex.pdf 443.11 KB
Score (nominal)20
ScoreMinisterial score = 20.0, 27-03-2017, ArticleFromJournal
Ministerial score (2013-2016) = 20.0, 27-03-2017, ArticleFromJournal
Publication indicators WoS Impact Factor: 2016 = 1.067 (2) - 2016=1.022 (5)
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