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Warning: This implementation has not been tested in production nor has it been examined by a security audit. All uses are your own responsibility.

A ruby implementation of Shamir's Secret Sharing.


Add this line to your application's Gemfile:

gem 'secret_sharing'

And then execute:

$ bundle

Or install it yourself as:

$ gem install secret_sharing

Implementation details

This implementation of Shamir's Secret Sharing has initially been developed to be used in duse, however, it is designed to be used in any other context just as well.

The representation of a share is simply a pair of integers represented as a Point. We chose to be unopionated in terms of a string representation of a share, mainly to make it easier for this library to become compatible with other implementations.

When generating a random polynomial, we make sure the coefficients are random, but never zero. If we would allow the coefficients to be zero, it could result in a lower threshold than intended. For example, if the threshold is three, then the degree of the polynomial would be two so in the form of f(x)=a0 + a1*x + a2*x^2. If a2 would be zero than the polynomial would be of dergree one, which would result in a real threshold of two rather than three.


require "secret_sharing"
shares = SecretSharing.split("my secret", 2, 3)
# => [<SecretSharing::Point @x=1, @y=5098750880207642474240885>, <SecretSharing::Point @x=2, @y=10197493837875874270610422>, <SecretSharing::Point @x=3, @y=15296236795544106066979959>]
secret = SecretSharing.combine(shares[0..1]) # two shares are enough to reconstruct!
# => "my secret"

Further documentation on rubydoc.


Tested on

  • Ruby MRI
  • JRuby


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