MQV (Menezes–Qu–Vanstone) is an authenticated protocol for key agreement based on the Diffie–Hellman scheme. Like other authenticated Diffie-Hellman schemes, MQV provides protection against an active attacker. The protocol can be modified to work in an arbitrary finite group, and, in particular, elliptic curve groups, where it is known as elliptic curve MQV (ECMQV).
MQV is incorporated in the public-key standard IEEE P1363.
Some variants of MQV are claimed in patents assigned to Certicom.
MQV has some weaknesses that were fixed by HMQV in 2005. A few articles offered alternative viewpoint. It is now known that HMQV is vulnerable to a KCI attack when ephemeral public keys are not validated
ECMQV has been dropped from the National Security Agency's Suite B set of cryptographic standards.
Alice has a key pair (A,a) with A her public key and a her private key and Bob has the key pair (B,b) with B his public key and b his private key.
In the following has the following meaning. Let be a point on an elliptic curve. Then where and n is the order of the used generator point P. So are the first L bits of the x coordinate of R.
|1||Alice generates a key pair (X,x) by generating randomly x and calculating X=xP with P a point on an elliptic curve.|
|2||Bob generates a key pair (Y,y) in the same way as Alice.|
|3||Now, Alice calculates and sends X to Bob.|
|4||Bob calculates and sends Y to Alice.|
|5||Alice calculates and Bob calculates where h is the cofactor (see Elliptic curve cryptography: domain parameters).|
|6||The communication of secret was successful. A key for a symmetric-key algorithm can be derived from K.|
Note: for the algorithm to be secure some checks have to be performed. See Hankerson et al.
Bob calculates: .
Alice calculates: .
So the keys K are indeed the same with
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