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MSR Elliptic Curve Cryptography Library

MSR ECCLib is an efficient cryptography library that provides functions for computing essential elliptic curve operations on a new set of high-security curves.  All computations on secret data exhibit regular, constant-time execution, providing protection against timing and cache attacks.  The library is available for download at the link below.

Library Features:

    • MSR ECCLib supports six high-security elliptic curves proposed in [1], which cover three security levels (128-, 192-, and 256-bit security) and two curve models. The curves have a very simple and deterministic generation with minimal room for parameter manipulation. 
    • It includes support for ECC functions necessary to implement most popular elliptic curve-based schemes. In particular, MSR ECCLib supports the computation of scalar multiplication for the six curves above in three variants:
  1. Variable-base scalar multiplication (e.g., this is used for computing the shared key in the Diffie-Hellman key exchange).
  2. Fixed-base scalar multiplication (e.g., this is used for key generation in the Diffie-Hellman key exchange).
  3. Double-scalar multiplication. This operation is typically used for verifying signatures.
    • MSR ECCLib offers full protection against timing and cache attacks by executing crypto-sensitive operations in constant-time with no correlation between timing and secret data.
    • It achieves high performance without compromising security, portability and usability.

New in Version 1.2

    • New generic implementations of the underlying arithmetic functions to enable support on a wide range of platforms, including x64, x86, and ARM.  The different C implementations are based on generic C, extended types (Linux), and intrinsics (Windows).
    • New API for ECDSA, and some modifications to crypto and ECDH API
    • New sample code for ECDSA
    • New tests for ECDSA

Reference:

[1] Joppe W. Bos, Craig Costello, Patrick Longa and Michael Naehrig, “Selecting Elliptic Curves for Cryptography: An Efficiency and Security Analysis”, Cryptology ePrint Archive: Report 2014/130. Available at: http://eprint.iacr.org/2014/130

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