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Package kyber provides a toolbox of advanced cryptographic primitives, for applications that need more than straightforward signing and encryption. This top level package defines the interfaces to cryptographic primitives designed to be independent of specific cryptographic algorithms, to facilitate upgrading applications to new cryptographic algorithms or switching to alternative algorithms for experimentation purposes.

Abstract Groups

This toolkits public-key crypto API includes a kyber.Group interface supporting a broad class of group-based public-key primitives including DSA-style integer residue groups and elliptic curve groups. Users of this API can write higher-level crypto algorithms such as zero-knowledge proofs without knowing or caring exactly what kind of group, let alone which precise security parameters or elliptic curves, are being used. The kyber.Group interface supports the standard algebraic operations on group elements and scalars that nontrivial public-key algorithms tend to rely on. The interface uses additive group terminology typical for elliptic curves, such that point addition is homomorphically equivalent to adding their (potentially secret) scalar multipliers. But the API and its operations apply equally well to DSA-style integer groups.

As a trivial example, generating a public/private keypair is as simple as:

    suite := suites.MustFind("Ed25519")		// Use the edwards25519-curve
	a := suite.Scalar().Pick(suite.RandomStream()) // Alice's private key
	A := suite.Point().Mul(a, nil)          // Alice's public key

The first statement picks a private key (Scalar) from a the suites's source of cryptographic random or pseudo-random bits, while the second performs elliptic curve scalar multiplication of the curve's standard base point (indicated by the 'nil' argument to Mul) by the scalar private key 'a'. Similarly, computing a Diffie-Hellman shared secret using Alice's private key 'a' and Bob's public key 'B' can be done via:

S := suite.Point().Mul(a, B)		// Shared Diffie-Hellman secret

Note that we use 'Mul' rather than 'Exp' here because the library uses the additive-group terminology common for elliptic curve crypto, rather than the multiplicative-group terminology of traditional integer groups - but the two are semantically equivalent and the interface itself works for both elliptic curve and integer groups.

Higher-level Building Blocks

Various sub-packages provide several specific implementations of these cryptographic interfaces. In particular, the 'group/mod' sub-package provides implementations of modular integer groups underlying conventional DSA-style algorithms. The `group/nist` package provides NIST-standardized elliptic curves built on the Go crypto library. The 'group/edwards25519' sub-package provides the kyber.Group interface using the popular Ed25519 curve.

Other sub-packages build more interesting high-level cryptographic tools atop these primitive interfaces, including:

- share: Polynomial commitment and verifiable Shamir secret splitting for implementing verifiable 't-of-n' threshold cryptographic schemes. This can be used to encrypt a message so that any 2 out of 3 receivers must work together to decrypt it, for example.

- proof: An implementation of the general Camenisch/Stadler framework for discrete logarithm knowledge proofs. This system supports both interactive and non-interactive proofs of a wide variety of statements such as, "I know the secret x associated with public key X or I know the secret y associated with public key Y", without revealing anything about either secret or even which branch of the "or" clause is true.

- sign: The sign directory contains different signature schemes.

- sign/anon provides anonymous and pseudonymous public-key encryption and signing, where the sender of a signed message or the receiver of an encrypted message is defined as an explicit anonymity set containing several public keys rather than just one. For example, a member of an organization's board of trustees might prove to be a member of the board without revealing which member she is.

- sign/cosi provides collective signature algorithm, where a bunch of signers create a unique, compact and efficiently verifiable signature using the Schnorr signature as a basis.

- sign/eddsa provides a kyber-native implementation of the EdDSA signature scheme.

- sign/schnorr provides a basic vanilla Schnorr signature scheme implementation.

- shuffle: Verifiable cryptographic shuffles of ElGamal ciphertexts, which can be used to implement (for example) voting or auction schemes that keep the sources of individual votes or bids private without anyone having to trust more than one of the shuffler(s) to shuffle votes/bids honestly.

Target Use-cases

As should be obvious, this library is intended to be used by developers who are at least moderately knowledgeable about cryptography. If you want a crypto library that makes it easy to implement "basic crypto" functionality correctly - i.e., plain public-key encryption and signing - then [NaCl secretbox]( may be a better choice. This toolkit's purpose is to make it possible - and preferably easy - to do slightly more interesting things that most current crypto libraries don't support effectively. The one existing crypto library that this toolkit is probably most comparable to is the Charm rapid prototyping library for Python (

This library incorporates and/or builds on existing code from a variety of sources, as documented in the relevant sub-packages.

Reporting Security Problems

This library is offered as-is, and without a guarantee. It will need an independent security review before it should be considered ready for use in security-critical applications. If you integrate Kyber into your application it is YOUR RESPONSIBILITY to arrange for that audit.

If you notice a possible security problem, please report it to


Package Files

doc.go encoding.go group.go hash.go random.go xof.go

type AllowsVarTime Uses

type AllowsVarTime interface {

AllowsVarTime allows callers to determine if a given kyber.Scalar or kyber.Point supports opting-in to variable time operations. If an object implements AllowsVarTime, then the caller can use AllowVarTime(true) in order to allow variable time operations on that object until AllowVarTime(false) is called. Variable time operations may be faster, but also risk leaking information via a timing side channel. Thus they are only safe to use on public Scalars and Points, never on secret ones.

type Encoding Uses

type Encoding interface {
    // Encode and write objects to an io.Writer.
    Write(w io.Writer, objs ...interface{}) error

    // Read and decode objects from an io.Reader.
    Read(r io.Reader, objs ...interface{}) error

Encoding represents an abstract interface to an encoding/decoding that can be used to marshal/unmarshal objects to and from streams. Different Encodings will have different constraints, of course. Two implementations are available:

1. The protobuf encoding using the variable length Google Protobuf encoding
   scheme. The library is available at
2. The fixbuf encoding, a fixed length binary encoding of arbitrary
   structures. The library is available at

type Group Uses

type Group interface {
    String() string

    ScalarLen() int // Max length of scalars in bytes
    Scalar() Scalar // Create new scalar

    PointLen() int // Max length of point in bytes
    Point() Point  // Create new point

Group interface represents a mathematical group usable for Diffie-Hellman key exchange, ElGamal encryption, and the related body of public-key cryptographic algorithms and zero-knowledge proof methods. The Group interface is designed in particular to be a generic front-end to both traditional DSA-style modular arithmetic groups and ECDSA-style elliptic curves: the caller of this interface's methods need not know or care which specific mathematical construction underlies the interface.

The Group interface is essentially just a "constructor" interface enabling the caller to generate the two particular types of objects relevant to DSA-style public-key cryptography; we call these objects Points and Scalars. The caller must explicitly initialize or set a new Point or Scalar object to some value before using it as an input to some other operation involving Point and/or Scalar objects. For example, to compare a point P against the neutral (identity) element, you might use P.Equal(suite.Point().Null()), but not just P.Equal(suite.Point()).

It is expected that any implementation of this interface should satisfy suitable hardness assumptions for the applicable group: e.g., that it is cryptographically hard for an adversary to take an encrypted Point and the known generator it was based on, and derive the Scalar with which the Point was encrypted. Any implementation is also expected to satisfy the standard homomorphism properties that Diffie-Hellman and the associated body of public-key cryptography are based on.

type HashFactory Uses

type HashFactory interface {
    Hash() hash.Hash

A HashFactory is an interface that can be mixed in to local suite definitions.

type Marshaling Uses

type Marshaling interface {

    // String returns the human readable string representation of the object.
    String() string

    // Encoded length of this object in bytes.
    MarshalSize() int

    // Encode the contents of this object and write it to an io.Writer.
    MarshalTo(w io.Writer) (int, error)

    // Decode the content of this object by reading from an io.Reader.
    // If r is an XOF, it uses r to pick a valid object pseudo-randomly,
    // which may entail reading more than Len bytes due to retries.
    UnmarshalFrom(r io.Reader) (int, error)

Marshaling is a basic interface representing fixed-length (or known-length) cryptographic objects or structures having a built-in binary encoding. Implementors must ensure that calls to these methods do not modify the underlying object so that other users of the object can access it concurrently.

type Point Uses

type Point interface {

    // Equality test for two Points derived from the same Group.
    Equal(s2 Point) bool

    // Null sets the receiver to the neutral identity element.
    Null() Point

    // Base sets the receiver to this group's standard base point.
    Base() Point

    // Pick sets the receiver to a fresh random or pseudo-random Point.
    Pick(rand cipher.Stream) Point

    // Set sets the receiver equal to another Point p.
    Set(p Point) Point

    // Clone clones the underlying point.
    Clone() Point

    // Maximum number of bytes that can be embedded in a single
    // group element via Pick().
    EmbedLen() int

    // Embed encodes a limited amount of specified data in the
    // Point, using r as a source of cryptographically secure
    // random data.  Implementations only embed the first EmbedLen
    // bytes of the given data.
    Embed(data []byte, r cipher.Stream) Point

    // Extract data embedded in a point chosen via Embed().
    // Returns an error if doesn't represent valid embedded data.
    Data() ([]byte, error)

    // Add points so that their scalars add homomorphically.
    Add(a, b Point) Point

    // Subtract points so that their scalars subtract homomorphically.
    Sub(a, b Point) Point

    // Set to the negation of point a.
    Neg(a Point) Point

    // Multiply point p by the scalar s.
    // If p == nil, multiply with the standard base point Base().
    Mul(s Scalar, p Point) Point

Point represents an element of a public-key cryptographic Group. For example, this is a number modulo the prime P in a DSA-style Schnorr group, or an (x, y) point on an elliptic curve. A Point can contain a Diffie-Hellman public key, an ElGamal ciphertext, etc.

type Random Uses

type Random interface {
    // RandomStream returns a cipher.Stream that produces a
    // cryptographically random key stream. The stream must
    // tolerate being used in multiple goroutines.
    RandomStream() cipher.Stream

Random is an interface that can be mixed in to local suite definitions.

type Scalar Uses

type Scalar interface {

    // Equality test for two Scalars derived from the same Group.
    Equal(s2 Scalar) bool

    // Set sets the receiver equal to another Scalar a.
    Set(a Scalar) Scalar

    // Clone creates a new Scalar with the same value.
    Clone() Scalar

    // SetInt64 sets the receiver to a small integer value.
    SetInt64(v int64) Scalar

    // Set to the additive identity (0).
    Zero() Scalar

    // Set to the modular sum of scalars a and b.
    Add(a, b Scalar) Scalar

    // Set to the modular difference a - b.
    Sub(a, b Scalar) Scalar

    // Set to the modular negation of scalar a.
    Neg(a Scalar) Scalar

    // Set to the multiplicative identity (1).
    One() Scalar

    // Set to the modular product of scalars a and b.
    Mul(a, b Scalar) Scalar

    // Set to the modular division of scalar a by scalar b.
    Div(a, b Scalar) Scalar

    // Set to the modular inverse of scalar a.
    Inv(a Scalar) Scalar

    // Set to a fresh random or pseudo-random scalar.
    Pick(rand cipher.Stream) Scalar

    // SetBytes sets the scalar from a byte-slice,
    // reducing if necessary to the appropriate modulus.
    // The endianess of the byte-slice is determined by the
    // implementation.
    SetBytes([]byte) Scalar

Scalar represents a scalar value by which a Point (group element) may be encrypted to produce another Point. This is an exponent in DSA-style groups, in which security is based on the Discrete Logarithm assumption, and a scalar multiplier in elliptic curve groups.

type XOF Uses

type XOF interface {
    // Write absorbs more data into the hash's state. It panics if called
    // after Read. Use Reseed() to reset the XOF into a state where more data
    // can be absorbed via Write.

    // Read reads more output from the hash. It returns io.EOF if the
    // limit of available data for reading has been reached.

    // An XOF implements cipher.Stream, so that callers can use XORKeyStream
    // to encrypt/decrypt data. The key stream is read from the XOF using
    // the io.Reader interface. If Read returns an error, then XORKeyStream
    // will panic.

    // Reseed makes an XOF writeable again after it has been read from
    // by sampling a key from it's output and initializing a fresh XOF implementation
    // with that key.

    // Clone returns a copy of the XOF in its current state.
    Clone() XOF

An XOF is an extendable output function, which is a cryptographic primitive that can take arbitrary input in the same way a hash function does, and then create a stream of output, up to a limit determined by the size of the internal state of the hash function the underlies the XOF.

When XORKeyStream is called with zeros for the source, an XOF also acts as a PRNG. If it is seeded with an appropriate amount of keying material, it is a cryptographically secure source of random bits.

type XOFFactory Uses

type XOFFactory interface {
    // XOF creates a new XOF, feeding seed to it via it's Write method. If seed
    // is nil or []byte{}, the XOF is left unseeded, it will produce a fixed, predictable
    // stream of bits (Caution: this behavior is useful for testing but fatal for
    // production use).
    XOF(seed []byte) XOF

An XOFFactory is an interface that can be mixed in to local suite definitions.


encrypt/eciesPackage ecies implements the Elliptic Curve Integrated Encryption Scheme (ECIES).
examplesPackage examples provides a suite of tests showing how to use the different abstraction and protocols provided by the kyber library.
group/curve25519Package curve25519 contains several implementations of Twisted Edwards Curves, from general and unoptimized to highly specialized and optimized.
group/edwards25519Package edwards25519 provides an optimized Go implementation of a Twisted Edwards curve that is isomorphic to Curve25519.
group/modPackage mod contains a generic implementation of finite field arithmetic on integer fields with a constant modulus.
group/nistPackage nist implements cryptographic groups and ciphersuites based on the NIST standards, using Go's built-in crypto library.
proofPackage proof implements generic support for Sigma-protocols and discrete logarithm proofs in the Camenisch/Stadler framework.
sharePackage share implements Shamir secret sharing and polynomial commitments.
share/pvssPackage pvss implements public verifiable secret sharing as introduced in "A Simple Publicly Verifiable Secret Sharing Scheme and its Application to Electronic Voting" by Berry Schoenmakers.
shufflePackage shuffle implements Andrew Neff's verifiable shuffle proof scheme.
signPackage sign contains useful tools for the different signing algorithms.
sign/anonPackage anon implements cryptographic primitives for anonymous communication.
sign/bdnPackage bdn implements the Boneh-Drijvers-Neven signature scheme which is an implementation of the bls package which is robust against rogue public-key attacks.
sign/blsPackage bls implements the Boneh-Lynn-Shacham (BLS) signature scheme which was introduced in the paper "Short Signatures from the Weil Pairing".
sign/cosiPackage cosi implements the collective signing (CoSi) algorithm as presented in the paper "Keeping Authorities 'Honest or Bust' with Decentralized Witness Cosigning" by Ewa Syta et al.
sign/dssPackage dss implements the Distributed Schnorr Signature protocol from the paper "Provably Secure Distributed Schnorr Signatures and a (t, n) Threshold Scheme for Implicit Certificates".
sign/eddsaPackage eddsa implements the EdDSA signature algorithm according to RFC8032.
sign/schnorrPackage schnorr implements the vanilla Schnorr signature scheme.
sign/tblsPackage tbls implements the (t,n)-threshold Boneh-Lynn-Shacham signature scheme.
suitesPackage suites allows callers to look up Kyber suites by name.
util/encodingPackage encoding package provides helper functions to encode/decode a Point/Scalar in hexadecimal.
util/keyPackage key creates asymmetric key pairs.
util/randomPackage random provides facilities for generating random or pseudorandom cryptographic objects.
util/testPackage test contains generic testing and benchmarking infrastructure for cryptographic groups and ciphersuites.
xofPackage xof holds implementations and testing code for the various extendable output functions.

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