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An ASN.1-encoded SSH private key contains the following integers in order: The public modulus $n$ and exponent $e$; The private exponent $d$; The prime factors $p$ and $q$ of $n$; The "reduced" private exponents $d_p=d\bmod(p-1)$ and $d_q=d\bmod(q-1)$; The "CRT coefficient" $q_{\text{inv}}=q^{-1}\bmod p$. The observation that the value of $d$ in such a ...


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What you have here is indeed a structure called SubjectPublicKeyInfo. It's usually part of an X.509 certificate, but it is often also used separate from a certificate. It's, for instance, the default encoding for RSA public keys in Java and - if I'm not mistaken - OpenSSL. You can view the complete structure here and compare it with the SubjectPublicKeyInfo ...


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This has been specified by the standard, steps 4 and 5 of the protocol described in RFC 4253: S generates a random number y (0 < y < q) and computes f = g^y mod p. S receives e. It computes K = e^y mod p, H = hash(V_C || V_S || I_C || I_S || K_S || e || f || K) (these elements are encoded according to their types; see below), ...


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The MAC is NOT redundant. As alluded to by PaĆ­lo Ebermann's comment, the word authentication has a different meaning in the two scenarios you mentioned. In the key exchange phase of SSH, the purpose of authentication is to ensure to both parties that they are indeed talking to the right peer (if using mutual authentication). Typically, the server ...


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Both the AES key size and the RSA key size matter, because it's no use adding security beyond the weakest link. Here the weakest link is 2048-bit RSA, which is considered roughly equivalent in security to 100-128-bit symmetric keys (depending on who you ask). So having a password with much more than 100 bits of entropy would be fairly useless. In practice, ...


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In ssh-keygen.c of the OpenSSH source code, there is the following call: if (prime_test(in, out, rounds == 0 ? 100 : rounds, generator_wanted, checkpoint, start_lineno, lines_to_process) != 0) ...and a comment for the function prime_test says: * perform a Miller-Rabin primality test Therefore, it does indeed use a ...



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