keyfile operations for ssb
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supplies key loading and other cryptographic functions needed in secure-scuttlebutt apps.

var ssbkeys = require('ssb-keys')

//usually, load keys like this
var keys = ssbkeys.loadOrCreateSync(filename)
/* => {
  id: String,
  public: String,
  private: String

//but for testing, .generate() is useful.
var keys = ssbkeys.generate()
/* => {
  id: String,
  public: String,
  private: String

//hmac_key is a fixed value that applies to _THIS_ signature use, see below.

var obj = ssbkeys.signObj(k, hmac_key, { foo: 'bar' })
console.log(obj) /* => {
  foo: 'bar',
  signature: ...
} */
ssbkeys.verifyObj(k, hmac_key, obj) // => true


loadOrCreateSync (filename)

Load a file containing the your private key. the file will also contain a comment with a warning about keeping the file secret.

Works in the browser, or stores the keys is localStorage in the browser. (web apps should be hosted a secure way, for example web-bootloader)

If the file does not exist it will be created. there is also variations and parts loadOrCreate (async), load, create createSync loadSync. But since you only need to load once, using the combined function is easiest.

generate(curve, seed)

generate a key, with optional seed. curve defaults to ed25519 (and no other type is currently supported) seed should be a 32 byte buffer.

signObj(keys, hmac_key?, obj)

signs a javascript object, and then adds a signature property to it.

If hmac_key is provided, the object is hmaced before signing, which means it cannot be verified without the correct hmac_key. If each way that signatures are used in your application use a different hmac key, it means that a signature intended for one use cannot be reused in another (chosen protocol attack)

verifyObj(keys, hmac_key?, obj)

verify a signed object. hmac_key must be the same value as passed to signObj.

box(msg, recipients)

encrypt a message to many recipients. msg will be JSON encoded, then encrypted with private-box

unbox (boxed, keys)

decrypt a message encrypted with box. If the boxed successfully decrypted, the parsed JSON is returned, if not, undefined is returned.