Your company here, and a link to your site. Click to find out more.

BN_mod_mul_montgomery.3ossl - Man Page

Montgomery multiplication


 #include <openssl/bn.h>

 BN_MONT_CTX *BN_MONT_CTX_new(void);
 void BN_MONT_CTX_free(BN_MONT_CTX *mont);

 int BN_MONT_CTX_set(BN_MONT_CTX *mont, const BIGNUM *m, BN_CTX *ctx);

 int BN_mod_mul_montgomery(BIGNUM *r, BIGNUM *a, BIGNUM *b,
                           BN_MONT_CTX *mont, BN_CTX *ctx);

 int BN_from_montgomery(BIGNUM *r, BIGNUM *a, BN_MONT_CTX *mont,
                        BN_CTX *ctx);

 int BN_to_montgomery(BIGNUM *r, BIGNUM *a, BN_MONT_CTX *mont,
                      BN_CTX *ctx);


These functions implement Montgomery multiplication. They are used automatically when BN_mod_exp(3) is called with suitable input, but they may be useful when several operations are to be performed using the same modulus.

BN_MONT_CTX_new() allocates and initializes a BN_MONT_CTX structure.

BN_MONT_CTX_set() sets up the mont structure from the modulus m by precomputing its inverse and a value R.

BN_MONT_CTX_copy() copies the BN_MONT_CTX from to to.

BN_MONT_CTX_free() frees the components of the BN_MONT_CTX, and, if it was created by BN_MONT_CTX_new(), also the structure itself. If mont is NULL, nothing is done.

BN_mod_mul_montgomery() computes Mont(a,b):=a*b*R^-1 and places the result in r.

BN_from_montgomery() performs the Montgomery reduction r = a*R^-1.

BN_to_montgomery() computes Mont(a,R^2), i.e. a*R. Note that a must be nonnegative and smaller than the modulus.

For all functions, ctx is a previously allocated BN_CTX used for temporary variables.

Return Values

BN_MONT_CTX_new() returns the newly allocated BN_MONT_CTX, and NULL on error.

BN_MONT_CTX_free() has no return value.

For the other functions, 1 is returned for success, 0 on error. The error codes can be obtained by ERR_get_error(3).


The inputs must be reduced modulo m, otherwise the result will be outside the expected range.

See Also

ERR_get_error(3), BN_add(3), BN_CTX_new(3)


BN_MONT_CTX_init() was removed in OpenSSL 1.1.0

Referenced By

BN_add.3ossl(3), EC_GFp_simple_method.3ossl(3).

The man pages BN_from_montgomery.3ossl(3), BN_MONT_CTX_copy.3ossl(3), BN_MONT_CTX_free.3ossl(3), BN_MONT_CTX_new.3ossl(3), BN_MONT_CTX_set.3ossl(3) and BN_to_montgomery.3ossl(3) are aliases of BN_mod_mul_montgomery.3ossl(3).

2024-04-04 3.2.1 OpenSSL