DeepAuth: A DNN Authentication Framework by Model-Unique and Fragile Signature Embedding


  • Yingjie Lao Clemson University
  • Weijie Zhao Baidu Research
  • Peng Yang Baidu Research
  • Ping Li Baidu Research



Philosophy And Ethics Of AI (PEAI), Domain(s) Of Application (APP)


Along with the evolution of deep neural networks (DNNs) in many real-world applications, the complexity of model building has also dramatically increased. Therefore, it is vital to protect the intellectual property (IP) of the model builder and ensure the trustworthiness of the deployed models. Meanwhile, adversarial attacks on DNNs (e.g., backdoor and poisoning attacks) that seek to inject malicious behaviors have been investigated recently, demanding a means for verifying the integrity of the deployed model to protect the users. This paper presents a novel DNN authentication framework DeepAuth that embeds a unique and fragile signature to each protected DNN model. Our approach exploits sensitive key samples that are well crafted from the input space to latent space and then to logit space for producing signatures. After embedding, each model will respond distinctively to these key samples, which creates a model-unique signature as a strong tool for authentication and user identity. The signature embedding process is also designed to ensure the fragility of the signature, which can be used to detect malicious modifications such that an illegitimate user or an altered model should not have the intact signature. Extensive evaluations on various models over a wide range of datasets demonstrate the effectiveness and efficiency of the proposed DeepAuth.




How to Cite

Lao, Y., Zhao, W., Yang, P., & Li, P. (2022). DeepAuth: A DNN Authentication Framework by Model-Unique and Fragile Signature Embedding. Proceedings of the AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence, 36(9), 9595-9603.



AAAI Technical Track on Philosophy and Ethics of AI