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TweetNaCl.js

NOTE: this fork is unmaintained

Port of TweetNaCl / NaCl to JavaScript for modern browsers and Node.js. Public domain.

Build Status

Demo

⚠️ Beta version. The library is stable and API is frozen, however it has not been independently reviewed. If you can help reviewing it, please contact me.

Documentation

Overview

The primary goal of this project is to produce a translation of TweetNaCl to JavaScript which is as close as possible to the original C implementation, plus a thin layer of idiomatic high-level API on top of it.

There are two versions, you can use either of them:

  • nacl.js is the port of TweetNaCl with minimum differences from the original + high-level API.

  • nacl-fast.js is like nacl.js, but with some functions replaced with faster versions.

Installation

You can install TweetNaCl.is via a package manager:

Bower:

$ bower install tweetnacl

NPM:

$ npm install tweetnacl

or download source code.

Usage

All API functions accept and return bytes as Uint8Arrays. If you need to encode or decode strings, use functions from nacl.util namespace.

Public-key authenticated encryption (box)

Implements curve25519-xsalsa20-poly1305.

nacl.box.keyPair()

Generates a new random key pair for box and returns it as an object with publicKey and secretKey members:

{
   publicKey: ...,  // Uint8Array with 32-byte public key
   secretKey: ...   // Uint8Array with 32-byte secret key
}

nacl.box.keyPair.fromSecretKey(secretKey)

Returns a key pair for box with public key corresponding to the given secret key.

nacl.box(message, nonce, theirPublicKey, mySecretKey)

Encrypt and authenticates message using peer's public key, our secret key, and the given nonce, which must be unique for each distinct message for a key pair.

Returns an encrypted and authenticated message, which is nacl.box.overheadLength longer than the original message.

nacl.box.open(box, nonce, theirPublicKey, mySecretKey)

Authenticates and decrypts the given box with peer's public key, our secret key, and the given nonce.

Returns the original message, or false if authentication fails.

nacl.box.before(theirPublicKey, mySecretKey)

Returns a precomputed shared key which can be used in nacl.box.after and nacl.box.open.after.

nacl.box.after(message, nonce, sharedKey)

Same as nacl.box, but uses a shared key precomputed with nacl.box.before.

nacl.box.open.after(box, nonce, sharedKey)

Same as nacl.box.open, but uses a shared key precomputed with nacl.box.before.

nacl.box.publicKeyLength = 32

Length of public key in bytes.

nacl.box.secretKeyLength = 32

Length of secret key in bytes.

nacl.box.sharedKeyLength = 32

Length of precomputed shared key in bytes.

nacl.box.nonceLength = 24

Length of nonce in bytes.

nacl.box.overheadLength = 16

Length of overhead added to box compared to original message.

Secret-key authenticated encryption (secretbox)

Implements xsalsa20-poly1305.

nacl.secretbox(message, nonce, key)

Encrypt and authenticates message using the key and the nonce. The nonce must be unique for each distinct message for this key.

Returns an encrypted and authenticated message, which is nacl.secretbox.overheadLength longer than the original message.

nacl.secretbox.open(box, nonce, key)

Authenticates and decrypts the given secret box using the key and the nonce.

Returns the original message, or false if authentication fails.

nacl.secretbox.keyLength = 32

Length of key in bytes.

nacl.secretbox.nonceLength = 24

Length of nonce in bytes.

nacl.secretbox.overheadLength = 16

Length of overhead added to secret box compared to original message.

Scalar multiplication

Implements curve25519.

nacl.scalarMult(n, p)

Multiplies an integer n by a group element p and returns the resulting group element.

nacl.scalarMult.base(n)

Multiplies an integer n by a standard group element and returns the resulting group element.

nacl.scalarMult.scalarLength = 32

Length of scalar in bytes.

nacl.scalarMult.groupElementLength = 32

Length of group element in bytes.

Signatures

Implements ed25519.

nacl.sign.keyPair()

Generates new random key pair for signing and returns it as an object with publicKey and secretKey members:

{
   publicKey: ...,  // Uint8Array with 32-byte public key
   secretKey: ...   // Uint8Array with 64-byte secret key
}

nacl.sign.keyPair.fromSecretKey(secretKey)

Returns a signing key pair with public key corresponding to the given secret key.

nacl.sign(message, secretKey)

Signs a message using secret key and returns a signature. (Note that unlike NaCl C API, it returns only a signature, not a signature concatenated with the message).

nacl.sign.open(message, signature, publicKey)

Verifies signature for the message using public key and returns the message. (Note that unlike NaCl C API, it accepts the original message and signature separetely instead of a signed message.)

Returns false if verification failed.

nacl.sign.publicKeyLength = 32

Length of signing public key in bytes.

nacl.sign.secretKeyLength = 64

Length of signing secret key in bytes.

nacl.sign.signatureLength = 64

Length of signature in bytes.

Hashing

Implements SHA-512.

nacl.hash(message)

Returns SHA-512 hash of the message.

nacl.hash.hashLength = 64

Length of hash in bytes.

Random bytes generation

nacl.randomBytes(length)

Returns a Uint8Array of the given length containing random bytes of cryptographic quality.

Implementation note

TweetNaCl.js uses the following methods to generate random bytes, depending on the platform it runs on:

  • window.crypto.getRandomValues (WebCrypto standard)
  • window.msCrypto.getRandomValues (Internet Explorer 11)
  • crypto.randomBytes (Node.js)

Note that browsers are required to throw QuotaExceededError exception if requested length is more than 65536, so do not ask for more than 65536 bytes in one call (multiple calls to get as many bytes as you like are okay: browsers can generate infinite amount of random bytes without any bad consequences).

If the platform doesn't provide a suitable PRNG, the following functions, which require random numbers, will throw exception:

  • nacl.randomBytes
  • nacl.box.keyPair
  • nacl.sign.keyPair

Other functions are deterministic and will continue working.

If a platform you are targeting doesn't implement secure random number generator, but you somehow have a cryptographically-strong source of entropy (not Math.random!), and you know what you are doing, you can plug it into TweetNaCl.js like this:

nacl.setPRNG(function(x, n) {
  // ... copy n random bytes into x ...
});

Note that nacl.setPRNG completely replaces internal random byte generator with the one provided.

Constant-time comparison

nacl.verify(x, y)

Compares x and y in constant time and returns true if their lengths are non-zero and equal, and their contents are equal.

Returns false if either of the arguments has zero length, or arguments have different lengths, or their contents differ.

Utilities

nacl.util.decodeUTF8(string)

Decodes string and returns Uint8Array of bytes.

nacl.util.encodeUTF8(array)

Encodes Uint8Array or Array of bytes into string.

nacl.util.decodeBase64(string)

Decodes Base-64 encoded string and returns Uint8Array of bytes.

nacl.util.encodeBase64(array)

Encodes Uint8Array or Array of bytes into string using Base-64 encoding.

System requirements

TweetNaCl.js supports modern browsers that have a cryptographically secure pseudorandom number generator and typed arrays, including the latest versions of:

  • Chrome
  • Firefox
  • Safari (Mac, iOS)
  • Internet Explorer 11

Other systems:

  • Node.js (we test on 0.10 and later)

Development and testing

Install NPM modules needed for development:

$ npm install

To build minified versions:

$ npm run build

Tests use minified version, so make sure to rebuild it every time you change nacl.js or nacl-fast.js.

Testing

To run tests in Node.js:

$ npm test

By default all tests described here work on nacl.min.js. To test other versions, set environment variable NACL_SRC to the file name you want to test. For example, the following command will test fast minified version:

$ NACL_SRC=nacl-fast.min.js npm test

To run full suite of tests in Node.hs, including comparing outputs of JavaScript port to outputs of the original C version:

$ npm run testall

To prepare tests for browsers:

$ npm run browser

and then open tests/browser/test.html (or tests/browser/test-fast.html) to run them.

To run headless browser tests with testling:

$ npm run testling

(If you get Error: spawn ENOENT, install xvfb: sudo apt-get install xvfb.)

Benchmarking

To run benchmarks in Node.js:

$ npm run bench
$ NACL_SRC=nacl-fast.min.js npm run bench

To run benchmarks in a browser, open test/benchmark/bench.html (or test/benchmark/bench-fast.html).

Contributors

JavaScript port:

Original authors of NaCl, TweetNaCl and Poly1305-donna (who are not responsible for any errors in this implementation):

Contributors have dedicated their work to the public domain.

This software is distributed without any warranty.