Make BN_generate_dsa_nonce internally constant-time.

This rewrites the internals with a "words" variant that can avoid
bn_correct_top. It still ultimately calls bn_correct_top as the calling
convention is sadly still BIGNUM, but we can lift that calling
convention out incrementally.

Performance seems to be comparable, if not faster.

Did 85000 ECDSA P-256 signing operations in 5030401us (16897.3 ops/sec)
Did 34278 ECDSA P-256 verify operations in 5048029us (6790.4 ops/sec)

Did 85000 ECDSA P-256 signing operations in 5021057us (16928.7 ops/sec)
Did 34086 ECDSA P-256 verify operations in 5010416us (6803.0 ops/sec)

Change-Id: I1159746dfcc00726dc3f28396076a354556e6e7d
Reviewed-by: Adam Langley <>
7 files changed
tree: cbc1714650f60e847b84726c0f1d97199bdadb11
  1. .clang-format
  2. .github/
  3. .gitignore
  6. CMakeLists.txt
  14. codereview.settings
  15. crypto/
  16. decrepit/
  17. fipstools/
  18. fuzz/
  19. include/
  20. infra/
  21. sources.cmake
  22. ssl/
  23. third_party/
  24. tool/
  25. util/


BoringSSL is a fork of OpenSSL that is designed to meet Google's needs.

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BoringSSL arose because Google used OpenSSL for many years in various ways and, over time, built up a large number of patches that were maintained while tracking upstream OpenSSL. As Google's product portfolio became more complex, more copies of OpenSSL sprung up and the effort involved in maintaining all these patches in multiple places was growing steadily.

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