Optimizing Pairing-Based Cryptography: Montgomery Arithmetic in Rust

This is the first blog post in a new code-centric series about selected optimizations found in pairing-based cryptography. Pairing operations are foundational to the BLS Signatures [1] central to Ethereum 2.0, zero-knowledge arguments central to Zcash and Filecoin [2], and a wide variety of other emerging applications. A prior blog series implemented the entire pairing … Continue reading Optimizing Pairing-Based Cryptography: Montgomery Arithmetic in Rust

Public Report – Protocol Labs Groth16 Proof Aggregation: Cryptography and Implementation Review

During April 2021, Protocol Labs engaged NCC Group’s Cryptography Services team to conduct a cryptography and implementation review of the Groth16 proof aggregation functionality in the bellperson and two other related GitHub repositories. This code utilizes inner product arguments to efficiently aggregate existing Groth16 proofs while re-using existing powers of tau ceremony transcripts. Full source … Continue reading Public Report – Protocol Labs Groth16 Proof Aggregation: Cryptography and Implementation Review

Public Report – BLST Cryptographic Implementation Review

In October 2020, Supranational, Protocol Labs and the Ethereum Foundation engaged NCC Group’s Cryptography Services team to conduct a cryptographic implementation review of the BLST library. This library implements support for the draft IETF specifications on Hashing to Elliptic Curves and BLS Signatures. The latter specification uses advanced cryptographic-pairing operations to feature aggregation properties for … Continue reading Public Report – BLST Cryptographic Implementation Review

Double-odd Elliptic Curves

This post is about some new (or sort of new) elliptic curves for use in cryptographic protocols. They were made public in mid-December 2020, on a dedicated Web site: https://doubleodd.group/There is also a complete whitepaper, full of mathematical demonstrations, and several implementations. Oh noes, more curves! Will this never end? It is true that there … Continue reading Double-odd Elliptic Curves

Public Report – Filecoin Bellman and BLS Signatures Cryptographic Review

In May 2020, Protocol Labs engaged NCC Group's Cryptography Services team to conduct a cryptography review of multiple Filecoin code repositories. Filecoin is a decentralized storage and content distribution network developed by Protocol Labs. These repositories implement finite field and group arithmetic, cryptographic pairings, SHA2 via intrinsics, BLS signatures and zk-SNARK operations. Taken together, these … Continue reading Public Report – Filecoin Bellman and BLS Signatures Cryptographic Review

Faster Modular Inversion and Legendre Symbol, and an X25519 Speed Record

Elliptic curves are commonly used to implement asymmetric cryptographic operations such as key exchange and signatures. These operations are used in many places, in particular to initiate secure network connections within protocols such as TLS and Noise. However, they are relatively expensive in terms of computing resources, especially for low-end embedded systems, which run on … Continue reading Faster Modular Inversion and Legendre Symbol, and an X25519 Speed Record

Public Report – Electric Coin Company NU4 Cryptographic Specification and Implementation Review

In June 2020, the Electric Coin Company engaged NCC Group to conduct a security review of the six Zcash Improvement Proposals (ZIPs) that constitute the core of the upcoming Canopy (https://z.cash/upgrade/canopy/) upgrade (also called "NU4") to the Zcash network. This upgrade coincides with the first Zcash halving and will initiate a new development fund for … Continue reading Public Report – Electric Coin Company NU4 Cryptographic Specification and Implementation Review

Technical Advisory – wolfSSL TLS 1.3 Client Man-in-the-Middle Attack (CVE-2020-24613)

wolfSSL is a C-language-based SSL/TLS library targeted at IoT, embedded, and RTOS environments. wolfSSL incorrectly implements the TLS 1.3 client state machine. This allows attackers in a privileged network position to completely impersonate any TLS 1.3 servers and read or modify potentially sensitive information between clients using the wolfSSL library and these TLS servers.

Pairing over BLS12-381, Part 3: Pairing!

This is the last of three code-centric blog posts on pairing based cryptography. Support for these operations in an Ethereum precompiled contract has been proposed [1], and support for a related pairing configuration in precompiled contracts is already in operation [2, 3]. The first post [4] covered modular arithmetic, finite fields, the embedding degree, and … Continue reading Pairing over BLS12-381, Part 3: Pairing!

Public Report – Qredo Apache Milagro MPC Cryptographic Assessment

During the spring of 2020, Qredo engaged NCC Group Cryptography Services to conduct a security assessment of the Apache Milagro MPC library. This library implements the primitives necessary to instantiate the multi-party ECDSA signature scheme provided in Gennaro and Goldfeder’s Fast Multiparty Threshold ECDSA with Fast Trustless Setup. This assessment occurred over the course of … Continue reading Public Report – Qredo Apache Milagro MPC Cryptographic Assessment