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The public key is composed by 2 numbers joined. They are produced from the private key. You cannot calculate, instead, the private key from public one. Getting in deeper on the elliptic curve is not in the scope of this article. The derivation procedure for the public key can be summarized as follows:. Hash the result from previous point with keccak hashing function;.

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Private and Public key Private and public keys on ethereum blockchain, what are they? Previous Ethereum and smart contracts. Next Constantinople ethereum upgrade — delayed. About The Author. Related Posts. In the future, advanced cryptographic tools, such as zero knowledge proofs and homomorphic encryption, will be available that will allow for some encrypted calculations to be recorded on the blockchain while still enabling consensus; however, while provision has been made for them, they have yet to be deployed.

In this chapter we will introduce some of the cryptography used in Ethereum: namely public key cryptography PKC , which is used to control ownership of funds, in the form of private keys and addresses. As we saw earlier in the book, Ethereum has two different types of accounts: externally owned accounts EOAs and contracts. Ownership of ether by EOAs is established through digital private keys , Ethereum addresses , and digital signatures. The private keys are at the heart of all user interaction with Ethereum.

In fact, account addresses are derived directly from private keys: a private key uniquely determines a single Ethereum address, also known as an account. Private keys are not used directly in the Ethereum system in any way; they are never transmitted or stored on Ethereum. That is to say that private keys should remain private and never appear in messages passed to the network, nor should they be stored on-chain; only account addresses and digital signatures are ever transmitted and stored on the Ethereum system.

Access and control of funds is achieved with digital signatures, which are also created using the private key. Ethereum transactions require a valid digital signature to be included in the blockchain. Anyone with a copy of a private key has control of the corresponding account and any ether it holds. Assuming a user keeps their private key safe, the digital signatures in Ethereum transactions prove the true owner of the funds, because they prove ownership of the private key.

In public key cryptography—based systems, such as that used by Ethereum, keys come in pairs consisting of a private secret key and a public key. Think of the public key as similar to a bank account number, and the private key as similar to the secret PIN; it is the latter that provides control over the account, and the former that identifies it to others.

The private keys themselves are very rarely seen by Ethereum users; for the most part, they are stored in encrypted form in special files and managed by Ethereum wallet software. In the payment portion of an Ethereum transaction, the intended recipient is represented by an Ethereum address, which is used in the same way as the beneficiary account details of a bank transfer. As we will see in more detail shortly, an Ethereum address for an EOA is generated from the public key portion of a key pair.

In the rest of this chapter, we will first explore basic cryptography in a bit more detail and explain the mathematics used in Ethereum. Then we will look at how keys are generated, stored, and managed. Finally, we will review the various encoding formats used to represent private keys, public keys, and addresses. Public key cryptography also called "asymmetric cryptography" is a core part of modern-day information security.

The key exchange protocol, first published in the s by Martin Hellman, Whitfield Diffie, and Ralph Merkle, was a monumental breakthrough that incited the first big wave of public interest in the field of cryptography. Before the s, strong cryptographic knowledge was kept secret by governments. Public key cryptography uses unique keys to secure information. These keys are based on mathematical functions that have a special property: it is easy to calculate them, but hard to calculate their inverse.

Based on these functions, cryptography enables the creation of digital secrets and unforgeable digital signatures, which are secured by the laws of mathematics. For example, multiplying two large prime numbers together is trivial. But given the product of two large primes, it is very difficult to find the prime factors a problem called prime factorization. Finding those two primes is much harder for you than it was for me to multiply them to produce 8,, Some of these mathematical functions can be inverted easily if you know some secret information.

Such functions are often called trapdoor functions because they are very difficult to invert unless you are given a piece of secret information that can be used as a shortcut to reverse the function. A more advanced category of mathematical functions that is useful in cryptography is based on arithmetic operations on an elliptic curve. In elliptic curve arithmetic, multiplication modulo a prime is simple but division the inverse is practically impossible. This is called the discrete logarithm problem and there are currently no known trapdoors.

In Ethereum, we use public key cryptography also known as asymmetric cryptography to create the public—private key pair we have been talking about in this chapter. They are considered a "pair" because the public key is derived from the private key. Together, they represent an Ethereum account by providing, respectively, a publicly accessible account handle the address and private control over access to any ether in the account and over any authentication the account needs when using smart contracts.

The private key controls access by being the unique piece of information needed to create digital signatures , which are required to sign transactions to spend any funds in the account. In most wallet implementations, the private and public keys are stored together as a key pair for convenience. However, the public key can be trivially calculated from the private key, so storing only the private key is also possible.

A digital signature can be created to sign any message. For Ethereum transactions, the details of the transaction itself are used as the message. The mathematics of cryptography—in this case, elliptic curve cryptography—provides a way for the message i.

That code is called the digital signature. Note that an Ethereum transaction is basically a request to access a particular account with a particular Ethereum address. When a transaction is sent to the Ethereum network in order to move funds or interact with smart contracts, it needs to be sent with a digital signature created with the private key corresponding to the Ethereum address in question.

Elliptic curve mathematics means that anyone can verify that a transaction is valid, by checking that the digital signature matches the transaction details and the Ethereum address to which access is being requested. However, the verification process determines beyond doubt that the transaction could have only come from someone with the private key that corresponds to the public key behind the Ethereum address. This is the "magic" of public key cryptography.

There is no encryption as part of the Ethereum protocol—all messages that are sent as part of the operation of the Ethereum network can necessarily be read by everyone. As such, private keys are only used to create digital signatures for transaction authentication. A private key is simply a number, picked at random. Ownership and control of the private key is the root of user control over all funds associated with the corresponding Ethereum address, as well as access to contracts that authorize that address.

The private key is used to create signatures required to spend ether by proving ownership of funds used in a transaction. The private key must remain secret at all times, because revealing it to third parties is equivalent to giving them control over the ether and contracts secured by that private key. The private key must also be backed up and protected from accidental loss.

The Ethereum private key is just a number. One way to pick your private keys randomly is to simply use a coin, pencil, and paper: toss a coin times and you have the binary digits of a random private key you can use in an Ethereum wallet probably—see the next section.

The public key and address can then be generated from the private key. The first and most important step in generating keys is to find a secure source of entropy, or randomness. Creating an Ethereum private key essentially involves picking a number between 1 and 2 The exact method you use to pick that number does not matter as long as it is not predictable or deterministic.

Usually, the OS random number generator is initialized by a human source of randomness, which is why you may be asked to wiggle your mouse around for a few seconds, or press random keys on your keyboard. More precisely, a private key can be any nonzero number up to a very large number slightly less than 2 —a huge digit number, roughly 1.

The exact number shares the first 38 digits with 2 and is defined as the order of the elliptic curve used in Ethereum see Elliptic Curve Cryptography Explained. To create a private key, we randomly pick a bit number and check that it is within the valid range. In programming terms, this is usually achieved by feeding an even larger string of random bits collected from a cryptographically secure source of randomness into a bit hash algorithm such as Keccak or SHA, both of which will conveniently produce a bit number.

If the result is within the valid range, we have a suitable private key. Otherwise, we simply try again with another random number. It is approximately 10 77 in decimal; that is, a number with 77 digits. Therefore, at the lower range there are enough private keys to give every atom in the universe an Ethereum account. If you pick a private key randomly, there is no conceivable way anyone will ever guess it or pick it themselves. Note that the private key generation process is an offline one; it does not require any communication with the Ethereum network, or indeed any communication with anyone at all.

As such, in order to pick a number that no one else will ever pick, it needs to be truly random. If you choose the number yourself, the chance that someone else will try it and then run off with your ether is too high. Using a bad random number generator like the pseudorandom rand function in most programming languages is even worse, because it is even more obvious and even easier to replicate.

Just like with passwords for online accounts, the private key needs to be unguessable. Fortunately, you never need to remember your private key, so you can take the best possible approach for picking it: namely, true randomness. Do not write your own code to create a random number or use a "simple" random number generator offered by your programming language. It is vital that you use a cryptographically secure pseudo-random number generator such as CSPRNG with a seed from a source of sufficient entropy.

Study the documentation of the random number generator library you choose to make sure it is cryptographically secure. The following is a randomly generated private key shown in hexadecimal format bits shown as 64 hexadecimal digits, each 4 bits :. An Ethereum public key is a point on an elliptic curve, meaning it is a set of x and y coordinates that satisfy the elliptic curve equation.

In simpler terms, an Ethereum public key is two numbers, joined together. These numbers are produced from the private key by a calculation that can only go one way. That means that it is trivial to calculate a public key if you have the private key, but you cannot calculate the private key from the public key. MATH is about to happen! If you start to get lost at any point in the following paragraphs, you can skip the next few sections.

There are many tools and libraries that will do the math for you. Note that elliptic curve multiplication is not like normal multiplication. It shares functional attributes with normal multiplication, but that is about it. In simpler terms: arithmetic on the elliptic curve is different from "regular" integer arithmetic. A point G can be multiplied by an integer k to produce another point K. But there is no such thing as division , so it is not possible to simply "divide" the public key K by the point G to calculate the private key k.

This is the one-way mathematical function described in Public Key Cryptography and Cryptocurrency. Elliptic curve multiplication is a type of function that cryptographers call a "one-way" function: it is easy to do in one direction multiplication and impossible to do in the reverse direction division. The owner of the private key can easily create the public key and then share it with the world, knowing that no one can reverse the function and calculate the private key from the public key.

This mathematical trick becomes the basis for unforgeable and secure digital signatures that prove ownership of Ethereum funds and control of contracts. Elliptic curve cryptography is a type of asymmetric or public key cryptography based on the discrete logarithm problem as expressed by addition and multiplication on the points of an elliptic curve.

A visualization of an elliptic curve is an example of an elliptic curve, similar to that used by Ethereum. Ethereum uses the exact same elliptic curve, called secpk1, as Bitcoin. That makes it possible to reuse many of the elliptic curve libraries and tools from Bitcoin. Ethereum uses a specific elliptic curve and set of mathematical constants, as defined in a standard called secpk1, established by the US National Institute of Standards and Technology NIST.

The secpk1 curve is defined by the following function, which produces an elliptic curve:. Because this curve is defined over a finite field of prime order instead of over the real numbers, it looks like a pattern of dots scattered in two dimensions, which makes it difficult to visualize. However, the math is identical to that of an elliptic curve over real numbers. The secpk1 Ethereum elliptic curve can be thought of as a much more complex pattern of dots on an unfathomably large grid.

So, for example, the following is a point Q with coordinates x , y that is a point on the secpk1 curve:. The variables x and y are the coordinates of the point Q , as in the preceding example. The variable p is the prime order of the elliptic curve the prime that is used for all the modulo operations.

If x and y are indeed the coordinates of a point on the elliptic curve, then they satisfy the equation and the result is zero 0L is a long integer with value zero. A lot of elliptic curve math looks and works very much like the integer arithmetic we learned at school. Specifically, we can define an addition operator, which instead of jumping along the number line is jumping to other points on the curve.

Once we have the addition operator, we can also define multiplication of a point and a whole number, which is equivalent to repeated addition. Geometrically, this third point P 3 is calculated by drawing a line between P 1 and P 2. This line will intersect the elliptic curve in exactly one additional place amazingly.

If P 1 and P 2 are the same point, the line "between" P 1 and P 2 should extend to be the tangent to the curve at this point P 1. This tangent will intersect the curve at exactly one new point. You can use techniques from calculus to determine the slope of the tangent line. Curiously, these techniques work, even though we are restricting our interest to points on the curve with two integer coordinates!

In elliptic curve math, there is also a point called the "point at infinity," which roughly corresponds to the role of the number zero in addition. There are a couple of special cases that explain the need for the point at infinity. In some cases e. This shows how the point at infinity plays the role that zero plays in "normal" arithmetic.

Now that we have defined addition, we can define multiplication in the standard way that extends addition. Note that k is sometimes perhaps confusingly called an "exponent" in this case. Starting with a private key in the form of a randomly generated number k , we multiply it by a predetermined point on the curve called the generator point G to produce another point somewhere else on the curve, which is the corresponding public key K :. The generator point is specified as part of the secpk1 standard; it is the same for all implementations of secpk1, and all keys derived from that curve use the same point G.

Because the generator point is always the same for all Ethereum users, a private key k multiplied with G will always result in the same public key K. The relationship between k and K is fixed, but can only be calculated in one direction, from k to K. In summary, to produce a public key K from a private key k , we add the generator point G to itself, k times. A private key can be converted into a public key, but a public key cannot be converted back into a private key, because the math only works one way.

A cryptographic library can help us calculate K , using elliptic curve multiplication. The resulting public key K is defined as the point:. In Ethereum you may see public keys represented as a serialization of hexadecimal characters 65 bytes. The standard defines four possible prefixes that can be used to identify points on an elliptic curve, listed in Serialized EC public key prefixes.

Ethereum only uses uncompressed public keys; therefore the only prefix that is relevant is hex The serialization concatenates the x and y coordinates of the public key:. There are a couple of implementations of the secpk1 elliptic curve that are used in cryptocurrency-related projects:. The OpenSSL library offers a comprehensive set of cryptographic primitives, including a full implementation of secpk1.

It seems to me very suspicious that the first block of ETH was made with the desired public key. what is your opinion? Look at the address above. Any Ethereum wallet has private and public key, the public key is the Ethereum address that you use to receive Ethereum and the token that works in the. Etherscan is a Block Explorer and Analytics Platform for Ethereum, a decentralized smart contracts platform. Preferences. Company. About Us · Contact Us · Brand.