Craft public key so that private key equals given string (my password)?

Peter Lebbing peter at
Fri Jan 2 18:07:40 CET 2015

On 02/01/15 17:11, Peter Lebbing wrote:
> it would increase the size of the public key by at least 13 characters
> (making it 50% longer) but it seems a good tradeoff to me.

Minor nitpick: I meant 12 characters. I didn't want to think about it and simply
used 'echo 12345678|base64|wc' but that included the newline (should have
specified -n to echo).

And also, it's only an increase of 50% when you use a 160-bit curve; it gets
relatively less for larger curves.

The reason I'm taking 64 bits as the size of the increase is that PBKDF2
recommends at least 64 bits of salting.



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