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                             SPAKE2, a PAKE

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   This Internet-Draft describes SPAKE2, a secure, efficient password

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   based key exchange protocol.


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Table of Contents

   1. Introduction ....................................................3
   2. Definition of SPAKE2.............................................3
   3. Table of points .................................................4
   4. Security considerations .........................................5
   5. IANA actions ....................................................5
   6. Acknowledgements.................................................5
   7. References.......................................................5

1. Introduction

   This document describes a means for two parties that share a password
   to derive a shared key. This method is compatible with any group, is
   computationally efficient, has a strong security proof.

2. Definition of SPAKE2

   Let G be a group in which the Diffie-Hellman problem is hard of order
   ph, with p a big prime and h a cofactor. We denote the operations in
   the group additively. Let H be a hash function from arbitrary strings
   to bit strings of a fixed length. Common choices for H are SHA256 or
   SHA512. We assume there is a representation of elements of G as byte
   strings: common choices would be SEC1 uncompressed for elliptic curve
   groups or big endian integers of a particular length for prime field

   || denotes concatenation of strings. We also let len(S) denote the
   length of a string in bytes, represented as an eight-byte big-endian

   We fix two elements M and N as defined in the table in this document
   for common groups, as well as a generator G of the group. G is
   specified in the document defining the group, and so we do not recall
   it here.

   Let A and B be two parties. We will assume that A and B are also
   representations of the parties such as MAC addresses or other names
   (hostnames, usernames, etc). We assume they share an integer w.
   Typically w will be the hash of a user-supplied password, truncated
   and taken mod p. Protocols using this protocol must define the method
   used to compute w: it may be necessary to carry out normalization.

   A picks x randomly and uniformly from the integers in [0,ph)
   divisible by h, and calculates X=xG and T=wM+X, then transmits T to

   B selects y randomly and uniformly from the integers in [0,ph),

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   divisible by h and calculates Y=yG, S=wN+Y, then transmits S to A.

   Both A and B calculate a group element K. A calculates it as x(S-wN),
   while B calculates it as y(T-wM). A knows S because it has received
   it, and likewise B knows T.

   Both A and B can now calculate a shared key as H(len(A)|| A || len(B)
   || B || len(S) || S || len(T) || T || len(w) || w || len(K) || K).
   The encoding of group elements must be decided upon based on
   convenience. For elliptic curve groups in short Weierstrass form,
   SEC1 uncompressed format is recommended due to wide support.

   Note that the calculation of S=wN+yG may be performed more
   efficiently then by two separate scalar multiplications via Strauss's

3. Table of points for common groups

   This table was generated in the following way: A string S was hashed
   with the SHA-2 function matching the curve size repeatedly until a
   valid x coordinate for the curve was generated. The points are
   presented in hexdecimal SEC1 format. The string was "CURVE point
   generation seed (X)" with CURVE the name of the curve and X M or N

   For P256:

   M =

   N =

   For P384:

   M =

   N =

   For P521:

   M =

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   N =

4. Security Considerations

   A security proof for prime order groups is found in [REF]. Note that
   the choice of M and N is critical: anyone who is aware of an x such
   that xN=M, or xG=N or M can break the scheme above. The points in the
   table of points were generated via the use of a hash function to
   mitigate this risk.

   There is no key-confirmation as this is a one round protocol. It is
   expected that a protocol using this key exchange mechanism provides
   key confirmation separately if desired.

   Elements should be checked for group membership: failure to properly
   validate group elements can lead to attacks. In particular it is
   essential to verify that recieved points are valid compressions of
   points on an elliptic curve when using elliptic curves. This can be
   done by a quadratic character computation. It is not necessary to
   validate prime order.

   The choices of random numbers should be uniformly at random. Note
   that to pick a random multiple of h in [0, ph) one can pick a random
   integer in [0,p) and multiply by h.

   This PAKE does not support augmentation. As a result, the server has
   to store a password equivalent. This is considered a significant

5. IANA Considerations

   No IANA action is required.

6. Acknowledgments

   Special thanks to Nathaniel McCallum for generation of test vectors.
   Thanks to Mike Hamburg for advice on how to deal with cofactors.
   Thanks to Fedor Brunner and the members of the CFRG for comments and

7. References

   [REF] Abdalla, M. and Pointcheval, D. Simple Password-Based Encrypted

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   Key Exchange Protocols. Appears in A. Menezes, editor. Topics in
   Cryptography-CT-RSA 2005, Volume 3376 of Lecture Notes in Computer
   Science, pages 191-208, San Francisco, CA, US Feb. 14-18, 2005.
   Springer-Verlag, Berlin, Germany.

Author Addresses
   Watson Ladd
   Berkeley, CA

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