Given the public key (n, e) and private exponent (d), how to calculate CRT parameters (p, q, dP, dQ, and qInv) of this RSA key pair?

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    $\begingroup$ You may be interested in this question / answers on SO. $\endgroup$
    – Maarten Bodewes
    May 25, 2015 at 14:11
  • $\begingroup$ Actually, that answer (despite being given by Thomas Pornin, who is generally accurate) is wrong; $ed-1$ needn't be a multiple of $\phi(n)$. Actually, Thomas notes this himself; for some reason, he doesn't give the full answer (possibly because he didn't want to get into number theory) $\endgroup$
    – poncho
    May 25, 2015 at 14:25

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The first (and hardest) step is to factor $n$; the easiest way to do this (given $e$ and $d$) is with this randomized procedure:

  • Select a random value $z$ from the range $(2, n-2)$

  • Compute the value $\lambda = (ed-1)/2^k$, where $k$ is that integer that makes $\lambda$ an odd integer.

  • Compute $t = z^\lambda \bmod n$. If $t = 1$ or $t = n-1$, we fail on this selection of $z$.

  • Do this repeatedly, at most $k$ times:

    • Compute $u = t^2 \bmod n$.

    • If $u = -1$, we fail on this selection of $z$.

    • If $u = 1$, we have success (and we have the factorization $p = gcd(n,t-1)$, $q = gcd(n, t+1)$)

    • Otherwise, set $t = u$, and continue with the next loop

  • If we run through the above loop $k$ times without hitting either success or failure, then either we happened to have selected a $z$ that's not relatively prime to $n$, or $d, e$ are not a valid RSA exponent pair.

A random value of $z$ will fail at most half the time; so we run this procedure (selecting different random $z$ values) until it succeeds, and gives us the factorization.

Once we have the factorization of $n$, computing the rest of the CRT parameters is straight-forward.

  • $\begingroup$ The $\lambda$ in that calculation, isn't necessarily the usual $\lambda(n)$, right? Only a multiple of it. $\endgroup$ May 26, 2015 at 8:19
  • $\begingroup$ @CodesInChaos: nope, it's just a temporary variable name. $\endgroup$
    – poncho
    May 26, 2015 at 11:59

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