Re: ECC Curves

On Thu, Jan 31, 2013 at 2:22 AM, Harry Halpin <> wrote:
> Just to clarify, if Germany or another nation wants a non-standard ECC
> curvie, then it makes sense for them to write it down, mature it, ideally
> produce code-patches for the Web browsers, and register it whatever registry
> we end up using (IANA has come up) that will live past the lifetime of the
> spec. There will be some extensibility mechanism for new crypto built into
> the spec.

The IANA registry at
is intended for TLS. I guess other protocols could adopt that if the
format  (a 16-bit unsigned integer) is suitable for them.

For reasons I don't understand, the canonical name of a named curve is
an ASN.1 object identifier (OID). If an organization has an "arc" in
the OID namespace, it can create named curve OIDs under its arc.


Received on Thursday, 31 January 2013 18:30:23 UTC