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Date: Fri, 16 Nov 2018 14:19:58 +0800
From: Herbert Xu <>
To: Vitaly Chikunov <>
Cc: "David S. Miller" <>,,,
Subject: Re: [PATCH v2] crypto: ecc - regularize scalar for scalar

On Sun, Nov 11, 2018 at 08:40:02PM +0300, Vitaly Chikunov wrote:
> ecc_point_mult is supposed to be used with a regularized scalar,
> otherwise, it's possible to deduce the position of the top bit of the
> scalar with timing attack. This is important when the scalar is a
> private key.
> ecc_point_mult is already using a regular algorithm (i.e. having an
> operation flow independent of the input scalar) but regularization step
> is not implemented.
> Arrange scalar to always have fixed top bit by adding a multiple of the
> curve order (n).
> References:
> The constant time regularization step is based on micro-ecc by Kenneth
> MacKay and also referenced in the literature (Bernstein, D. J., & Lange,
> T. (2017). Montgomery curves and the Montgomery ladder. (Cryptology
> ePrint Archive; Vol. 2017/293). s.l.: IACR. Chapter 4.6.2.)
> Signed-off-by: Vitaly Chikunov <>
> Cc:
> ---
> Changes from v1:
> - No code changes, only description updates to be more informative.
>  crypto/ecc.c | 16 ++++++++++++----
>  1 file changed, 12 insertions(+), 4 deletions(-)

Patch applied.  Thanks.
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