Nettle release plans

This is an attempt at defining a development target for Nettle-3.3, inspired by similar pages for recent GMP releases. [Last updated 2016-05-04]

This really ought to be done before release

Try to get this done before release


Leave for some later release!

Plans for nettle-3.2

New features

Add larger "safe" curves, e.g., M-383, curve41417, curve448 and E-521.

Add functions for converting ECC points to and from ANSI x9.62.

Use side-channel silent GMP functions for RSA and DSA. May require additional interface changes, to use mpn functions.

Side-channel silent mem_equalp.


Assembly optimizations for ARMv8 (64-bit).

Further optimizations of curve25519 and EdDSA, in particular, more efficient point addition.


Use more functions from GMP-6 and later, when available: mpn_sec_add_1, mpn_sec_tabselect, mpn_sec_invert, mpn_cnd_swap, ...


Update SHA3 documentation.

Update and extend RSA documentation.

Build system

Update AX_CREATE_STDINT_H to the latest version.


Since xenofarm isn't up and running, do some manual testing:

Changes under consideration for later releases

These are some other changes under consideration.

Interface changes

For Merkle-Damgaard hash functions, separate the state and the buffering. E.g., when using them for HMAC keyed "inner" and "outer" states, we now get three buffers but we only need one.

Reorganize private key operations. Need to support RSA with and without blinding, and DSA according to spec and some deterministic variant (like putty or RFC6979), and possibly also smartcard versions where the private key is not available to the library. And without an explosion of the number of functions.