Digital Signature Algorithm (DSA and ECDSA)¶
A variant of the ElGamal signature, specified in FIPS PUB 1864.
It is based on the discrete logarithm problem in a prime finite field (DSA) or in an elliptic curve field (ECDSA).
A sender can use a private key (loaded from a file) to sign a message:
>>> from Crypto.Hash import SHA256
>>> from Crypto.PublicKey import ECC
>>> from Crypto.Signature import DSS
>>>
>>> message = b'I give my permission to order #4355'
>>> key = ECC.import_key(open('privkey.der').read())
>>> h = SHA256.new(message)
>>> signer = DSS.new(key, 'fips1863')
>>> signature = signer.sign(h)
The receiver can use the matching public key to verify authenticity of the received message:
>>> from Crypto.Hash import SHA256
>>> from Crypto.PublicKey import ECC
>>> from Crypto.Signature import DSS
>>>
>>> key = ECC.import_key(open('pubkey.der').read())
>>> h = SHA256.new(received_message)
>>> verifier = DSS.new(key, 'fips1863')
>>> try:
>>> verifier.verify(h, signature)
>>> print "The message is authentic."
>>> except ValueError:
>>> print "The message is not authentic."

Crypto.Signature.DSS.
new
(key, mode, encoding='binary', randfunc=None)¶ Create a signature object
DSS_SigScheme
that can perform (EC)DSA signature or verification.Note
Refer to NIST SP 800 Part 1 Rev 4 (or newer release) for an overview of the recommended key lengths.
Parameters:  key (a key object) –
The key to use for computing the signature (private keys only) or verifying one: it must be either
Crypto.PublicKey.DSA
orCrypto.PublicKey.ECC
.For DSA keys, let
L
andN
be the bit lengths of the modulusp
and ofq
: the pair(L,N)
must appear in the following list, in compliance to section 4.2 of FIPS 1864: (1024, 160) legacy only; do not create new signatures with this
 (2048, 224) deprecated; do not create new signatures with this
 (2048, 256)
 (3072, 256)
For ECC, only keys over P256, P384, and P521 are accepted.
 mode (string) –
The parameter can take these values:
 ’fips1863’. The signature generation is randomized and carried out
according to FIPS 1863: the nonce
k
is taken from the RNG.  ’deterministicrfc6979’. The signature generation is not randomized. See RFC6979.
 ’fips1863’. The signature generation is randomized and carried out
according to FIPS 1863: the nonce
 encoding (string) –
How the signature is encoded. This value determines the output of
sign()
and the input toverify()
.The following values are accepted:
 ’binary’ (default), the signature is the raw concatenation
of
r
ands
. It is defined in the IEEE P.1363 standard.For DSA, the size in bytes of the signature is
N/4
bytes (e.g. 64 forN=256
).For ECDSA, the signature is always twice the length of a point coordinate (e.g. 64 bytes for P256).
 ’der’, the signature is a ASN.1 DER SEQUENCE
with two INTEGERs (
r
ands
). It is defined in RFC3279. The size of the signature is variable.
 ’binary’ (default), the signature is the raw concatenation
of
 randfunc (callable) – A function that returns random byte strings, of a given length. If omitted, the internal RNG is used. Only applicable for the ‘fips1863’ mode.
 key (a key object) –