Add a very roundabout EC keygen API.

OpenSSL's EVP-level EC API involves a separate "paramgen" operation,
which is ultimately just a roundabout way to go from a NID to an
EC_GROUP. But Node uses this, and it's the pattern used within OpenSSL
these days, so this appears to be the official upstream recommendation.

Also add a #define for OPENSSL_EC_EXPLICIT_CURVE, because Node uses it,
but fail attempts to use it. Explicit curve encodings are forbidden by
RFC 5480 and generally a bad idea. (Parsing such keys back into OpenSSL
will cause it to lose the optimized path.)

Change-Id: I5e97080e77cf90fc149f6cf6f2cc4900f573fc64
Commit-Queue: David Benjamin <>
Commit-Queue: Adam Langley <>
Reviewed-by: Adam Langley <>
8 files changed
tree: 8f1c06972eec8fb3e1cac4fcebbbd237a360233b
  1. .github/
  2. crypto/
  3. decrepit/
  4. fipstools/
  5. fuzz/
  6. include/
  7. infra/
  8. ssl/
  9. third_party/
  10. tool/
  11. util/
  12. .clang-format
  13. .gitignore
  17. CMakeLists.txt
  18. codereview.settings
  21. go.mod
  26. sources.cmake


BoringSSL is a fork of OpenSSL that is designed to meet Google's needs.

Although BoringSSL is an open source project, it is not intended for general use, as OpenSSL is. We don't recommend that third parties depend upon it. Doing so is likely to be frustrating because there are no guarantees of API or ABI stability.

Programs ship their own copies of BoringSSL when they use it and we update everything as needed when deciding to make API changes. This allows us to mostly avoid compromises in the name of compatibility. It works for us, but it may not work for you.

BoringSSL arose because Google used OpenSSL for many years in various ways and, over time, built up a large number of patches that were maintained while tracking upstream OpenSSL. As Google's product portfolio became more complex, more copies of OpenSSL sprung up and the effort involved in maintaining all these patches in multiple places was growing steadily.

Currently BoringSSL is the SSL library in Chrome/Chromium, Android (but it's not part of the NDK) and a number of other apps/programs.

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