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SessionKeys is a cryptographic tool for the deterministic generation of NaCl compatible Curve25519 encryption and Ed25519 digital signature keys.

The strength of the system lies in the fact that the keypairs are derived from passing an identifier, such as a username or email address, and a high-entropy passphrase through the SHA256 hash and the scrypt key derivation functions. This means that no private key material need ever be stored to disk. The generated keys are deterministic; for any given ID, password, and strength combination the same keys will always be returned.

The generated ID is passed through SHA256 and scrypt and is derived from only the ID parameter your provide and a common salt.

The password is also passed through SHA256 and scrypt and NaCl encryption and signing keypairs are derived from the combination of the stretched ID, your password, and a common salt.


This code is new and has not yet been tested in production. Use at your own risk. The interface should be fairly stable now but should not be considered fully stable until v1.0.0 is released.


Add this line to your application's Gemfile:

gem 'session_keys'

And then execute:

$ bundle

Or install it yourself as:

$ gem install session_keys

Installation Security : Signed Ruby Gem

The SessionKeys gem is cryptographically signed. To be sure the gem you install hasn’t been tampered with you can install it using the following method:

Add my public key (if you haven’t already) as a trusted certificate

# Caveat: Gem certificates are trusted globally, such that adding a
# cert.pem for one gem automatically trusts all gems signed by that cert.
gem cert --add <(curl -Ls

To install, it is possible to specify either HighSecurity or MediumSecurity mode. Since the session_keys gem depends on one or more gems that are not cryptographically signed you will likely need to use MediumSecurity. You should receive a warning if any signed gem does not match its signature.

# All dependent gems must be signed and verified.
gem install session_keys -P HighSecurity
# All signed dependent gems must be verified.
gem install session_keys -P MediumSecurity
# Same as above, except Bundler only recognizes
# the long --trust-policy flag, not the short -P
bundle --trust-policy MediumSecurity

You can learn more about security and signed Ruby Gems.

Installation Security : Signed Git Commits

Most, if not all, of the commits and tags to the repository for this code are signed with my PGP/GPG code signing key. I have uploaded my code signing public keys to GitHub and you can now verify those signatures with the GitHub UI. See this list of commits and look for the Verified tag next to each commit. You can click on that tag for additional information.

You can also clone the repository and verify the signatures locally using your own GnuPG installation. You can find my certificates and read about how to conduct this verification at


keys = SessionKeys.generate('[email protected]', 'my strong passphrase')
#=> {...}


After checking out the repo, run bin/setup to install dependencies. Then, run rake test to run the tests. You can also run bin/console for an interactive prompt that will allow you to experiment.

To install this gem onto your local machine, run bundle exec rake install.


Bug reports and pull requests are welcome on GitHub at This project is intended to be a safe, welcoming space for collaboration, and contributors are expected to adhere to the Contributor Covenant code of conduct.

(c) 2016 Glenn Rempe <[email protected]> (


The gem is available as open source under the terms of the MIT License.


Unless required by applicable law or agreed to in writing, software distributed under the License is distributed on an "AS IS" BASIS, WITHOUT WARRANTIES OR CONDITIONS OF ANY KIND, either express or implied. See the LICENSE.txt file for the specific language governing permissions and limitations under the License.