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libsecp256k1
Optimized C library for EC operations on curve secp256k1.
This library is experimental, so use at your own risk.
Features:
 Lowlevel field and group operations on secp256k1.
 ECDSA signing/verification and key generation.
 Adding/multiplying private/public keys.
 Serialization/parsing of private keys, public keys, signatures.
 Very efficient implementation.
Implementation details
 General
 Avoid dynamic memory usage almost everywhere.
 Field operations
 Optimized implementation of arithmetic modulo the curve's field size (2^256  0x1000003D1).
 Using 5 52bit limbs (including handoptimized assembly for x86_64, by Diederik Huys).
 Using 10 26bit limbs.
 Using GMP.
 Field inverses and square roots using a sliding window over blocks of 1s (by Peter Dettman).
 Optimized implementation of arithmetic modulo the curve's field size (2^256  0x1000003D1).
 Group operations
 Point addition formula specifically simplified for the curve equation (y^2 = x^3 + 7).
 Use addition between points in Jacobian and affine coordinates where possible.
 Point multiplication for verification (aP + bG).
 Use wNAF notation for point multiplicands.
 Use a much larger window for multiples of G, using precomputed multiples.
 Use Shamir's trick to do the multiplication with the public key and the generator simultaneously.
 Optionally use secp256k1's efficientlycomputable endomorphism to split the multiplicands into 4 halfsized ones first.
 Point multiplication for signing
 Use a precomputed table of multiples of powers of 16 multiplied with the generator, so general multiplication becomes a series of additions.
 Slice the precomputed table in memory per byte, so memory access to the table becomes uniform.
 Not fully constanttime, but the precomputed tables add and eventually subtract points for which no known scalar (private key) is known, blinding nonconstant time effects even from an attacker with control over the private key used.
Build steps
libsecp256k1 is built using autotools:
$ ./autogen.sh
$ ./configure
$ make
$ sudo make install # optional