Ristretto is a technique for constructing prime order elliptic curve groups with non-malleable encodings. It extends Mike Hamburg's Decaf approach to cofactor elimination to support cofactor-$$8$$ curves such as Curve25519.

In particular, this allows an existing Curve25519 library to implement a prime-order group with only a thin abstraction layer, and makes it possible for systems using Ed25519 signatures to be safely extended with zero-knowledge protocols, with no additional cryptographic assumptions and minimal code changes.

Ristretto can be used in conjunction with Edwards curves with cofactor $$4$$ or $$8$$, and provides the following specific parameter choices:

• ristretto255, built on top of Curve25519.

Organization

This site is organized into several chapters: