[Cfrg] ECDH subgroup attack question

Robert Moskowitz <rgm-sec@htt-consult.com> Tue, 28 January 2020 21:46 UTC

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Subject: [Cfrg] ECDH subgroup attack question
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In TLS 1.3, RFC 8446 sec the testing range for Y is:

1 < Y < p-1

In RFC 2785 sec 3.1, that references 2631, the range for Y is:

"within the interval [2, p-1]"

TLS 1.3 is more liberal, it seems to me, than 2785.

What is 'right' / 'safe'.

Further 2785 has a second check:

Compute y^q mod p. If the result == 1, the key is valid.

Is this test still advised?

thank you