c++,public-key-encryption,crypto++,elliptic-curve , Use previously generated private key in ECIES

Use previously generated private key in ECIES


Tag: c++,public-key-encryption,crypto++,elliptic-curve

I wan to encrypt /decrypt data using ECIES , I am using cryptopp for this.

AutoSeededRandomPool prng;

//get private key generated
ECIES<ECP>::Decryptor d0(prng, ASN1::secp256r1());

//get public key 
ECIES<ECP>::Encryptor e0(d0);

//encrypt the message
string em0; // encrypted message
StringSource ss1 (message, true, new PK_EncryptorFilter(prng, e0, new StringSink(em0) ) );

//decrypt the message   
string dm0; // decrypted message
StringSource ss2 (em0, true, new PK_DecryptorFilter(prng, d1, new StringSink(dm0) ) );

Everything else is fine but I want to do the above same thing using already generated 'private key' and not randomly generated 'private key' unlike the case above. How can I do this?

I have tried the following code but it just simply crashes

AutoSeededRandomPool prng;

std::string  privatekeyString="02C200102C180F9E6A4E7A2F58B5BE86BC179478";

CryptoPP::HexDecoder decoder;
decoder.Put((byte*)privatekeyString.data(), privatekeyString.size());

ECIES<ECP> ::Decryptor d0;

crash point

//load private key  

//get public key    
ECIES<ECP>::Encryptor e0(d0);

string em0; // encrypted message
StringSource ss1(message, true, new PK_EncryptorFilter(prng, e0, new StringSink(em0) ) );
cout<<"encrypted msg: "<<em0<<"  and its length: "<<em0.length()<<endl;

string dm0; // decrypted message
StringSource ss2 (em0, true, new PK_DecryptorFilter(prng, d0, new StringSink(dm0) ) );
cout <<"decrypted msg: "<< dm0<<"  and its length: "<<dm0.length() <<   endl;

Edit 2

In response to @jww answer I managed to decode the message with the private key as:

    AutoSeededRandomPool prng;

    std::string exponent="AsIAECwYD55qTnovWLW+hrwXlHg=";
    StringSource ss(exponent, true /*pumpAll*/, new CryptoPP::HexDecoder);

    Integer x;
    x.Decode(ss, ss.MaxRetrievable(), Integer::UNSIGNED);
    // cout << "Exponent: " << std::hex << x << endl;

    ECIES<ECP>::Decryptor decryptor;
    decryptor.AccessKey().Initialize(ASN1::secp128r1(), x);

    bool valid = decryptor.AccessKey().Validate(prng, 3);
        cout<<"Exponent is not valid for P-128"<<endl;
      //  throw  Exception(CryptoPP::Exception::OTHER_ERROR, "Exponent is not valid for P-256");

    // Or: decryptor.AccessKey().ThrowIfInvalid(prng, 3);

    cout << "Exponent is valid for P-128" << endl;


    //get public key
    ECIES<ECP>::Encryptor encryptor(decryptor);

    string em0; // encrypted message
    StringSource ss1(message, true, new PK_EncryptorFilter(prng, encryptor, new StringSink(em0) ) );
    cout<<"encrypted msg: "<<em0<<"  and its length: "<<em0.length()<<endl;

    string dm0; // decrypted message
    StringSource ss2 (em0, true, new PK_DecryptorFilter(prng, decryptor, new StringSink(dm0) ) );
    cout <<"decrypted msg: "<< dm0<<"  and its length: "<<dm0.length() << endl;

catch(const CryptoPP::Exception& ex)
    std::cerr << ex.what() << endl;

But when I try to encrypt the message using public key I got error

CryptoPP::CryptoMaterial::InvalidMaterial: CryptoMaterial: this object contains invalid values

Here is my code:

std::string     public_point="AsIAEFjzIcX+Kvhe8AmLoGUc8aYAEAwf5ecREGZ2u4RLxQuav/A=";
StringSource ss(public_point, true, new CryptoPP::HexDecoder);

ECIES<ECP>::Encryptor encryptor;

ECP::Point point;
encryptor.GetKey().GetGroupParameters().GetCurve().DecodePoint(point, ss, ss.MaxRetrievable());
cout << "X: " << std::hex << point.x << endl;
cout << "Y: " << std::hex << point.y << endl;


encryptor.AccessKey().ThrowIfInvalid(prng, 3);


string em0; // encrypted message
StringSource ss1(message, true, new PK_EncryptorFilter(prng, encryptor, new StringSink(em0) ) );
cout<<"encrypted msg: "<<em0<<"  and its length: "<<em0.length()<<endl;


As jww suggested I have successfully completed encryption and decryption. Below are the code snippets if anyone wants.


string decrypt(std::string encryptedMessage ,  std::string   privateKeyExponent)
    string decryptedMessage;
        AutoSeededRandomPool prng;

        //since the 'privateKeyExponent' is in base-64 format use Base64Decoder
        StringSource ss(privateKeyExponent, true /*pumpAll*/, new CryptoPP::Base64Decoder);

        Integer x;
        x.Decode(ss, ss.MaxRetrievable(), Integer::UNSIGNED);

        ECIES<ECP>::Decryptor decryptor;

        //curve used is secp256k1
        //make decryptor's access key using decoded private exponent's value
        decryptor.AccessKey().Initialize(ASN1::secp256k1(), x);

        //check whether decryptor's access key is valid or not
        bool valid = decryptor.AccessKey().Validate(prng, 3);
           decryptor.AccessKey().ThrowIfInvalid(prng, 3);

        cout << "Exponent is valid for P-256k1" << endl;

        //decrypt the message using private key
        StringSource ss2 (encryptedMessage, true, new PK_DecryptorFilter(prng, decryptor, new StringSink(decryptedMessage) ) );
        cout <<"decrypted msg: "<< decryptedMessage<<"  and its length: "<<decryptedMessage.length() << endl;

    catch(const CryptoPP::Exception& ex)
        std::cerr << ex.what() << endl;
    return decryptedMessage;


string encrypt(std::string message ,  std::string  compressedPublicKeyPoint)
    string encryptedMessage;
        AutoSeededRandomPool prng;

        //public key is a point consisting of "public key point x" and "public key point y"
        //compressed public key also known as "public-point" formed using point-compression of public key

        //since the key is in base-64 format use Base64Decoder
        StringSource ss(compressedPublicKeyPoint, true, new CryptoPP::Base64Decoder);
     ECIES<ECP>::Encryptor encryptor;

        //curve used is secp256k1

        //get point on the used curve
        ECP::Point point;
        encryptor.GetKey().GetGroupParameters().GetCurve().DecodePoint(point, ss, ss.MaxRetrievable());
        cout << "X: " << std::hex << point.x << endl;
        cout << "Y: " << std::hex << point.y << endl;

        //set encryptor's public element

        //check whether the encryptor's access key thus formed is valid or not
        encryptor.AccessKey().ThrowIfInvalid(prng, 3);

        // encrypted message
        StringSource ss1(message, true, new PK_EncryptorFilter(prng, encryptor, new StringSink(encryptedMessage) ) );
        cout<<"encrypted msg: "<<encryptedMessage<<"  and its length: "<<encryptedMessage.length()<<endl;
    catch(const CryptoPP::Exception& ex)
        std::cerr << ex.what() << endl;

    return encryptedMessage;


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