[tor-dev] Shared random value calculation edge cases (proposal 250)

Jacob Appelbaum jacob at appelbaum.net
Thu Nov 19 14:30:47 UTC 2015

Hi George,

On 11/12/15, George Kadianakis <desnacked at riseup.net> wrote:
> Hello there believers of prop250,
> you can find the latest version of the proposal in the upstream torpec
> repo:
> https://gitweb.torproject.org/torspec.git/tree/proposals/250-commit-reveal-consensus.txt

I reviewed your fine document and I wondered about section 4.1.1. and
specifically about the generation of RN "where RN is a 256-bit random

I'd like to propose a change that is minimal and adds only one small change:

   The value REVEAL is computed as follows:

      REVEAL = base32-encode( TIMESTAMP || H(RN) )

      where RN is a 256-bit random value and where H is the hashing
algorithm "sha256".

This would ensure that the raw random bytes from the PRNG are never
revealed to the network which seems like a reasonable thing[0] to

All the best,

[0] http://projectbullrun.org/dual-ec/ext-rand.html

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