Secure Multi-User Content Sharing for Augmented Reality Applications


Kimberly Ruth, Tadayoshi Kohno, and Franziska Roesner, University of Washington


Augmented reality (AR), which overlays virtual content on top of the user's perception of the real world, has now begun to enter the consumer market. Besides smartphone platforms, early-stage head-mounted displays such as the Microsoft HoloLens are under active development. Many compelling uses of these technologies are multi-user: e.g., in-person collaborative tools, multiplayer gaming, and telepresence. While prior work on AR security and privacy has studied potential risks from AR applications, new risks will also arise among multiple human users. In this work, we explore the challenges that arise in designing secure and private content sharing for multi-user AR. We analyze representative application case studies and systematize design goals for security and functionality that a multi-user AR platform should support. We design an AR content sharing control module that achieves these goals and build a prototype implementation (ShareAR) for the HoloLens. This work builds foundations for secure and private multi-user AR interactions.

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@inproceedings {236306,
author = {Kimberly Ruth and Tadayoshi Kohno and Franziska Roesner},
title = {Secure {Multi-User} Content Sharing for Augmented Reality Applications},
booktitle = {28th USENIX Security Symposium (USENIX Security 19)},
year = {2019},
isbn = {978-1-939133-06-9},
address = {Santa Clara, CA},
pages = {141--158},
url = {},
publisher = {USENIX Association},
month = aug,

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