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[Bug 25618] Extensibility: Offer spec-blessed ways to extend the algorithms and curves, rather than monkey-patching the spec

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Date: Mon, 28 Jul 2014 15:51:35 +0000
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Mark Watson <watsonm@netflix.com> changed:

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--- Comment #2 from Mark Watson <watsonm@netflix.com> ---
Specifically regarding new eliptic curves, presently, each of the existing
algorithms is associated with a single definition of the key material on which
is it based, with serializations of this keying material being independent of
any other algorithm parameters.

If we are to add additional curves to the existing EC algorithms, we break this
pattern. This might involve quite extensive re-working of some aspects of the

Would it make sense to model different families of Elliptic Curves as separate
algorithms ? So, the existing algorithms become ECDSA-NIST etc. and we can add
ECDSA-NUMS in a separate specification ?

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