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GOST R 34.11-2012 hash function with 512/256 bit digest

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This is portable implementation of the GOST R 34.11-2012 hash function. The standard for this hash function developed by the Center for Information Protection and Special Communications of the Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation with participation of the Open joint-stock company "Information Technologies and Communication Systems" (InfoTeCS JSC).

The standard published as RFC 6986.

Build requirements

  • GCC, Clang or ICC compiler supporting 64-bit integers.

  • GNU make (or any compatible make).

Compile and install

The software is smart enough to detect the most suitable configuration for running hardware and software platform. In almost all cases it is sufficient to run make on top of the source directory:

# make

This will configure and compile a binary program file named gost3411-2012.

Usage instructions

The program outputs GOST R 34.11-2012 hash digest in hexadecimal format. Each file listed on the command line is processed and hash is printed for each one. Stdin is read as input when executed without arguments.

# ./gost3411-2012 -h
Usage: gost3411-2012 [-25bhvqrte] [-s string] [files ...]

   -2          Output 256-bit digest.
   -5          Output 512-bit digest (default).
   -t          Testing mode to produce hash of example
               messages defined in standard.
   -b          Benchmark mode (to see how fast or slow
               this implementation).
   -s string   Print a digest of the given string.
   -r          Reverses the format of the output.
               This helps with visual diffs.
   -q          Quiet mode - only the digest is printed out.
   -e          Switch endianness when printing out
               resulting hash.  Default: least significant
               first.  With this options set all bytes in
               resulting hash are printed in reverse
               order, more precisely, most significant

Using with Docker

There is a pre-build Docker image of this software ready to use:

$ docker run --rm adegtyarev/streebog gost3411-2012 -v
gost3411-2012 0.12

Let's say you want to get a hash digest of LICENSE file in the current directory. Here is how:

$ docker run --rm -v $PWD/LICENSE:/LICENSE:ro adegtyarev/streebog gost3411-2012 -2 /LICENSE
GOST R 34.11-2012 (/LICENSE) = c73c0c79b345d0aa779efab878fbe8ff248ae666ac1fdd12b137e7f41ef2da82

You could also get that digest by using STDIN mode:

$ cat LICENSE |docker run --rm -i adegtyarev/streebog gost3411-2012 -2

Compile-time options

By default, a compiler defined in CC environment variable is used, falling back to cc. Compile the source with specified compiler:

# make CC=clang

Special target remake may need to be used to overwrite recently compiled up-to date binary:

# make remake CC=icc

This will recompile sources from scratch using Intel C Compiler with default flags. If you need to adjust these compiler flags, try to set them with CFLAGS knob:

# make remake CC=icc CFLAGS="-O3"


The API to this implementation is quite straightforward and similar to other hash function APIs. Actually the CLI utility in this distribution just use this API as underlying engine. You may use this API to implement GOST R 34.11-2012 in your application.


This is the hash context. There should be one GOST34112012Context for each object to be hashed.

void GOST34112012Init(GOST34112012Context *CTX, const unsigned int digest_size);

Return initialized GOST34112012Context of specified hash size (digest_size) on allocated memory block pointed by CTX. Digest size can be either 512 or 256. Address of CTX must be 16-byte aligned.

void GOST34112012Update(GOST34112012Context *CTX, const unsigned char *data, size_t len);

Hash some data of len bytes size. The best performance results are achieved when len is multiple of 64.

Note that this call does not modify original data in memory. If security is an issue, calling application should destroy that memory block right after GOST34112012Update(), by e.g. memset() to zero.

void GOST34112012Final(GOST34112012Context *CTX, unsigned char *digest);

Finalizes hashing process and set GOST R 34.11-2012 hash in memory block pointed by digest.

void GOST34112012Cleanup(GOST34112012Context *CTX);

The data in context including hash itself, buffer and internal state zeroed-out. Context totally destroyed and the object can't be used anymore. Calling application should free() memory used by this context.

The following constants may be predefined somewhere in your application code in order to adjust GOST R 34.11-2012 engine behavior:

  • __GOST3411_LITTLE_ENDIAN__: define this constant on little-endian systems.

  • __GOST3411_BIG_ENDIAN__: this constant will indicate big-endian system.

If neither of constants defined the engine defaults to little-endian code.

  • __GOST3411_HAS_MMX__: use MMX instructions to compute digest.

  • __GOST3411_HAS_SSE2__: use SSE2 instruction set to speedup computation of GOST R 34.11-2012 digest.

  • __GOST3411_HAS_SSE41__: indicate to include SSE4.1 instructions set.

The best performance results achieved on SSE4.1 capable processors. A slightly less performance achieved on SSE2 capable processors. The CLI utility in this distribution tries its best to determine which of the instruction set to use. It falls back to the portable code unless any of extensions detected.

Example of usage

    #include <stdlib.h>
    #include <err.h>
    #include "gost3411-2012-core.h"


    GOST34112012Context *CTX;

    unsigned char digest[64];

        if (posix_memalign(&CTX, (size_t) 16, sizeof(GOST34112012Context)))
            err(EX_OSERR, NULL);

        GOST34112012Init(CTX, 512);
        GOST34112012Update(CTX, buffer, (size_t) bufsize);
        GOST34112012Update(CTX, buffer, (size_t) bufsize);
        /* call GOST34112012Update() for each block of data */
        GOST34112012Final(CTX, &digest[0]);
        /* You now have GOST R 34.11-2012 hash in 'digest' */

Portability notes


Platforms tested

  • FreeBSD x86/x86_64
  • Linux x86/x86_64
  • Darwin x86/x86_64
  • Linux powerpc


To measure performance of this implementation SUPERCOP toolkit has been used. You can set SUPERCOP environment variable to any value and then run make configure to prepare this implementation to run on SUPERCOP.

Intel(R) Pentium(R) CPU G6950 @ 2.80GHz    x86: 40 cycles per byte ( 70 MB/s)
Intel(R) Pentium(R) CPU G6950 @ 2.80GHz x86_64: 36 cycles per byte ( 78 MB/s)
Intel(R) Xeon(R)    CPU X5650 @ 2.67GHz x86_64: 31 cycles per byte ( 84 MB/s)
Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-2600 CPU @ 3.40GHz x86_64: 28 cycles per byte (121 MB/s)


This work is dual-licensed under BSD 2-Clause "Simplified" License and GNU General Public License v2.0 (or later). You can choose between one of them if you use this software.

SPDX-License-Identifier: BSD-2-Clause OR GPL-2.0+


Alexey Degtyarev

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