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Re: Web Crypto -- Named Curve Dictionary (adding secp256k1)

From: Ryan Sleevi <sleevi@google.com>
Date: Sun, 15 Dec 2013 11:53:35 -0800
Message-ID: <CACvaWvbVQtvxbXy2VvaBSjMOOgLXZF86smMyTkvEuOs7t_GhXQ@mail.gmail.com>
To: Melvin Carvalho <melvincarvalho@gmail.com>
Cc: public-webcrypto-comments@w3.org
Also, please do not cross-post to non-W3C lists. Removed the bitcoin-dev
list for those who wish to reply.

Cheers
On Dec 15, 2013 10:10 AM, "Melvin Carvalho" <melvincarvalho@gmail.com>
wrote:

> Harry and David suggested I send a message to this group.  I was wondering
> if the crypto group may consider adding support for *secp256k1* in the
> browser Named Curve dictionary.
>
> http://www.w3.org/TR/WebCryptoAPI/#EcKeyGenParams-dictionary
>
> enum NamedCurve {
>   // NIST recommended curve P-256, also known as secp256r1.
>   "P-256",
>   // NIST recommended curve P-384, also known as secp384r1.
>   "P-384",
>   // NIST recommended curve P-521, also known as secp521r1.
>   "P-521"
> };
>
> Over the last year, there has been a significant increase in deployment
> for this curve.  It's used in bitcoin and many other crypto currencies.
> Bitcoin deployment now numbers in the millions of users and hundreds of
> companies.  There are also free software implementations in most
> languages.
>
> For more background on Koblitz curve used by bitcoin see:
>
> https://bitcointalk.org/?topic=2699.0
>
> I'm aware that the API tends to expose what's existing in NSS, but, imho,
> if it were possible to add support for this curve would be a great step to
> help to many people that already work with crypto currencies in the browser.
>
Received on Sunday, 15 December 2013 19:54:01 UTC

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