[noise] Test Vector Specification

Alex alex at centromere.net
Tue Nov 21 03:59:34 PST 2017

On Tue, 21 Nov 2017 10:57:57 +0000
David Wong <davidwong.crypto at gmail.com> wrote:

> If this is test vector feedback time. I think:
> * it should be mentioned somewhere that messages are alternating. It
> took me a really long time to find out this one.

This has always been explicitly stated:

"The messages array describes a conversation alternating between the
initiator and responder, starting with the initiator. No distinction is
made between when the handshake begins and when it is complete. For
example, if a handshake pattern has three messages in it, the responder
will send the first non-handshake Noise message. For one-way patterns
the messages simply flow from the initiator to the responder."

> * there are a lot of redundant fields. For example initPsks and
> respPsks are going to be the same, initPrologue and respPrologue are
> going to be the same, etc...

These are not redundant. In addition to testing for success, I also
want to test for failure. For example, if I specify a different prologue
for the initiator and responder and set the `fail` key to `true`, the
test suite should ensure that the handshake does indeed fail. If the
handshake succeeds, then something terrible has happened.


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