# Tagged Questions

Elliptic curves are algebraic-geometric structures with applications in cryptography. Such a curve consists of the set of solutions to a cubic equation over a finite field equipped with a group operation. Questions relating to elliptic curves and derived algorithms should use this tag and might also ...

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### With OpenSSL and ECDHE, how to show the actual curve being used?

Using openssl s_client -host myserver.net -port 443 I can see the cipher negotiated is indeed using ECDHE for session key ...
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### How to determine the order of an elliptic curve group from its parameters?

Let $\quad E:\; y^2 = x^3 + ax + b \quad$ be an elliptic curve defined over a finite field $\mathbb F_q$ where $q = p^n$, $a,b \in \mathbb F_q$ and $p \neq 2, 3$. By Hasse's theorem we know that the ...
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### Degrade in performance with SSL_OP_SINGLE_ECDH_USE?

We have used SSL_OP_SINGLE_ECDH_USE when setting up our SSL_CTX . This seems to be causing a degrade in performance. I'm not able to find proper documentation for it except that it generates new ...
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### Difference between Pseudo Mersenne primes and Generalized Mersenne primes

The field prime numbers $p$ proposed by the NIST standards are referred to as Generalized Mersenne prime numbers [1] and as Pseudo Mersenne prime numbers [2]. Is there a difference between Pseudo ...
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### ECDSA Compressed public key point back to uncompressed public key point

From the ECDH demo here, if I generate a private key for Alice I can get _ P = 1175846487558108474218546536054752289210804601041 Which gives the following public ...
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### Example of Projective Coordinates

Given the affine form of coordinates $(x,y)$ such as $(5,3)$, if I want to convert $(5,3)$ to projective coordinates $(x,y,z)$, should the form of point be $(5,3,1)$? It is triplet not a point, right? ...
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### Convert projective to affine coordinates in ECC? [closed]

I am working with my project. I use projective coordinates but when I convert to affine coordinates, I can't get it. Can anyone help me? Projective Coordinates $(X,Y,Z)$ to Affine Coordinates $(X,Y)$:...
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### Elligator-2 against curves over Fq, q mod 4 = 3

It appears that the conditions for applicability of Elligator-2 against many of the SaveCurves curves, where $q \mod 4 = 3$ will inevitably poke a hole in the bit-string set over $(0, 1, .. (q-1)/2)$. ...
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### Semaev summation polynomials

I am little confused how this attack works. We have the points $P, Q$ such that $Q = nP$. We let $u_{1}$and $u_{2}$ such that $R(x,y)=u_{1}P+u_{2}Q$. Then if we find the solution $x_1,...,x_n$ of the ...
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### Limitations of Elliptic Curve Cryptography?

Simple question, what are the limitations of ECC, both in terms of application and how secure it is? I heard that the NSA were able to read emails a few years back due to a backdoor they had ...
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### Using Montgomery ladder to calculate the coordintes

In one of my assignments I need to solve the below: For a Montgomery curve $3v^2 = u^3+u^2+u$ over ${\mathbb{F}}_{11}$ and point $P = (9,8)$. I need to compute $x$ coordinate of $3P$ using ...
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### Optimal same-base exponentiation?

I've (finally) implemented the answer to this question in our library, which stated how to transform montgomery curves (and points) to weierstrass curves (and points). Now, for scalar multiplication, ...
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### Can we break ECDLP with this machine?

Let $P$ and $Q$ are two points of NIST elliptic curve $E$ (defined over $F_{2^m}$ with prime $m$) and $k$ is a private key such that $k.P=Q$. Also we have a machine that is able to leak some ...
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### Performance of ECDSA, ECKCDSA and ECGDSA

It is proven that ECDSA algorithms are faster in key and signature generation compared to RSA. In addition, the signatures are much shorter. However, I would like to know the performance difference ...
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### Elliptic ElGamal Public Key Cryptosystem doubt

I need an example of Elliptic ElGamal Public Key Cryptosystem. I have been trying with some values but I don't get the right solution. I have $p=13$, the elliptic curve $E:y^2=x^3+11x+7$ and a point ...
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### Convert messages to elliptic curve points [duplicate]

Let $E$ be an elliptic curve; $\alpha,\beta$ two points of $E$; and $a$ a private key such that $\beta=a\cdot\alpha$. We choose random integer $k$ and plain text $x\in E$. Encryption and decryption ...
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### Counting points on elliptic curve over binary field

How to count number of rational points on elliptic curve over binary field?
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### Can elliptic curve (25519) be used to encrypt file?

This is probably a simple question, but I haven't been able to see it stated anywhere. Is it possible to directly encrypt a file (of any length) with some form of EC using the 25519 curve. I know it'...
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### Why is 2048-bit RSA always paired with 320-bit ECC?

You may already have noticed that most smart cards ship with 2048-bit RSA support and 320-bit ECC over GF(p) support. You may have already asked yourself "why exactly 320-bit?". Now I remember having ...
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### Is signing a plaintext sufficient?

If I have N bytes of plaintext, does signing it with my private key prove (to holders of my public key) that I have signed that exact plaintext messages? i.e. could an attacker use the plaintext and ...
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### How do I get the equivalent strength of an ECC key?

I know how to calculate the comparable symmetric strength of an RSA modulus: calculate the running time for a field sieve. This is how NIST gives approximate symmetric sizes for asymmetric algos in ...
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### Koblitz encoding a message to a point, what is the “associated auxiliary base parameter”?

I am looking at the Koblitz method for encoding a message as an elliptic curve point. The first step given in the paper I'm reading is: "Choose an elliptic curve and its associated auxiliary base ...
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### HD (Hierarchical Deterministic) Keys using Safe Curves?

Bitcoin's HD (Hierarchical Deterministic) Keys as described in BIP32 allow for a master key to be created (a private key and a chain code) such that a tree of both public and private keys can be ...
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### ElGamal with elliptic curves

I've searched some information on ECC, but so far I have only found Diffie-Hellman key-exchange implementations using ECC, but I don't want to exchange keys, I want to encrypt & decrypt data like ...
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### Cryptographic operations for NISTP256 can be implemented using montgomery method?

I need to implement cryptographic operations starting with the curve NISTP256. I have been told to implement it using Montgomery method. I read a pfd from http://saluc.engr.uconn.edu/refs/sidechannel/...
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### Edwards / Montgomery ECC over binary extension fields

I recentely had a discussion about the redesign of our ECC code for the library I'm collaborating on and the person I was discussing with came up with Edwards and Montgomery curves over binary ...