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ECPARAM

Section: OpenSSL (1SSL)

Updated: 2014-10-15

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NAME

ecparam - EC parameter manipulation and generation

SYNOPSIS

openssl ecparam [-inform DER|PEM] [-outform DER|PEM] [-in filename] [-out filename] [-noout] [-text] [-C] [-check] [-name arg] [-list_curves] [-conv_form arg] [-param_enc arg] [-no_seed] [-rand file(s)] [-genkey] [-engine id]

DESCRIPTION

This command is used to manipulate or generate EC parameter files.

OPTIONS

-inform DER|PEM
This specifies the input format. The DER option uses an ASN.1 DER encoded form compatible with RFC 3279 EcpkParameters. The PEM form is the default format: it consists of the DER format base64 encoded with additional header and footer lines.:
-outform DER|PEM
This specifies the output format, the options have the same meaning as the -inform option.:
-in filename
This specifies the input filename to read parameters from or standard input if this option is not specified.:
-out filename
This specifies the output filename parameters to. Standard output is used if this option is not present. The output filename should not be the same as the input filename.:
-noout
This option inhibits the output of the encoded version of the parameters.:
-text
This option prints out the EC parameters in human readable form.:
-C
This option converts the EC parameters into C code. The parameters can then be loaded by calling the get_ec_group_XXX() function.:
-check
Validate the elliptic curve parameters.:
-name arg
Use the EC parameters with the specified 'short' name. Use -list_curves to get a list of all currently implemented EC parameters.:
-list_curves
If this options is specified ecparam will print out a list of all currently implemented EC parameters names and exit.:
-conv_form
This specifies how the points on the elliptic curve are converted into octet strings. Possible values are: compressed (the default value), uncompressed and hybrid. For more information regarding the point conversion forms please read the X9.62 standard. Note Due to patent issues the compressed option is disabled by default for binary curves and can be enabled by defining the preprocessor macro OPENSSL_EC_BIN_PT_COMP at compile time.:
-param_enc arg
This specifies how the elliptic curve parameters are encoded. Possible value are: named_curve, i.e. the ec parameters are specified by a OID, or explicit where the ec parameters are explicitly given (see RFC 3279 for the definition of the EC parameters structures). The default value is named_curve. Note the implicitlyCA alternative ,as specified in RFC 3279, is currently not implemented in OpenSSL.:
-no_seed
This option inhibits that the 'seed' for the parameter generation is included in the ECParameters structure (see RFC 3279).:
-genkey
This option will generate a EC private key using the specified parameters.:
-rand file(s)
a file or files containing random data used to seed the random number generator, or an EGD socket (see RAND_egd?(3)). Multiple files can be specified separated by a OS-dependent character. The separator is ; for MS-Windows, , for OpenVMS, and : for all others.:
-engine id
specifying an engine (by its unique id string) will cause ecparam to attempt to obtain a functional reference to the specified engine, thus initialising it if needed. The engine will then be set as the default for all available algorithms.:

NOTES

PEM format EC parameters use the header and footer lines:

OpenSSL is currently not able to generate new groups and therefore ecparam can only create EC parameters from known (named) curves.

EXAMPLES

To create EC parameters with the group 'prime192v1':

To create EC parameters with explicit parameters:

To validate given EC parameters:

To create EC parameters and a private key:

To change the point encoding to 'compressed':

To print out the EC parameters to standard output:

SEE ALSO

ec?(1), dsaparam?(1)

HISTORY

The ecparam command was first introduced in OpenSSL 0.9.8.

AUTHOR

Nils Larsch for the OpenSSL project (http://www.openssl.org)


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