Re: X52219/X448 export public key coordinates

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Yeah, of course, sorry for the typo. I’ve already found a solution that seems to be working by using EVP_PKEY_get_raw_public_key() for these types of curves. I was confused why it’s not working with EC_KEY interfaces though it’s type of elliptic curve. Then I found somewhere that it’s implemented outside the context of EC. It’s not clear to me why but I believe there’s a good reason for it.
Anyway, thanks for your answer!


On 18. 11. 2022, at 17:13, Kyle Hamilton <aerowolf@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:


On Mon, Nov 14, 2022, 05:23 ORNEST Matej - Contractor via openssl-users <openssl-users@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

Hi all,


I need to implement support for X52219/X448 for DH key exchange (and Ed52219/Ed448 for DSA) elliptic curves in our project. I need to export public key for DH exchange in form of DER encoded chunk in form tag+X-coordinate+Y-coordinate. Thus I need to get EC_POINT from EVP_PKEY and encode it as needed. I understand that those key types differs from EC types in way that I need just X coordinate and a flag bit to reconstruct the key, but still, how do I get the X coordinate?

My solution works for all other EC types such as SecpX and Brainpool families, but not for X52219/X448 keys and I do not completely understand why. Specifically when I decode public key previously encoded with i2d_PUBKEY() to EVP_PEKY and try to get EC_KEY by calling EVP_PKEY_get0_EC_KEY(), it returns NULL and issues an error that it’s not an EC key…


I’m using following code:


EVP_PKEY *key = … // Decode from DER encoded public key


    if(key != nil) {


        EC_KEY *ecKey = EVP_PKEY_get0_EC_KEY(key);

         /// When X52219 or X448 key is passed, ecKey is NULL

        if(ecKey != NULL) {

            const EC_POINT *point = EC_KEY_get0_public_key(ecKey);

            const EC_GROUP *group = EC_KEY_get0_group(ecKey);


            if(point != NULL && group != NULL) {

                BIGNUM *bnX = BN_new();

                BIGNUM *bnY = BN_new();


                if(EC_POINT_get_affine_coordinates(group, point, bnX, bnY, NULL)) {

                    char *hexX = BN_bn2hex(bnX);

                    char *hexY = BN_bn2hex(bnY);


                    // Convert to custom data structures











Is there any way how to export those key types in desired format?  I’m using OpenSSL version 1.1.1q.


Thank you very much for any hint


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