# MODULI

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## NAME

**moduli**- Diffie Hellman moduli

## DESCRIPTION

The /etc/ssh/moduli file contains prime numbers and generators for use by sshd(8) in the Diffie-Hellman Group Exchange key exchange method.
New moduli may be generated with
ssh-keygen1
using a two-step process.
An initial
*candidate generation*
pass, using
**ssh-keygen -G**
calculates numbers that are likely to be useful.
A second
*primality testing*
pass, using
**ssh-keygen -T**
provides a high degree of assurance that the numbers are prime and are
safe for use in Diffie Hellman operations by
sshd(8).
This
format is used as the output from each pass.

The file consists of newline-separated records, one per modulus, containing seven space separated fields. These fields are as follows:

**timestamp**- The time that the modulus was last processed as YYYYMMDDHHMMSS.
**type**-
Decimal number specifying the internal structure of the prime modulus.
Supported types are:
**0**- Unknown, not tested
**2**- "Safe" prime; (p-1)/2 is also prime.
**4**- Sophie Germain; (p+1)*2 is also prime.

Moduli candidates initially produced by ssh-keygen1 are Sophie Germain primes (type 4). Futher primality testing with ssh-keygen1 produces safe prime moduli (type 2) that are ready for use in sshd(8). Other types are not used by OpenSSH.

**tests**-
Decimal number indicating the type of primality tests that the number
has been subjected to represented as a bitmask of the following values:
**0x00**- Not tested
**0x01**- Composite number - not prime.
**0x02**- Sieve of Eratosthenes
**0x04**- Probabalistic Miller-Rabin primality tests.

The ssh-keygen1 moduli candidate generation uses the Sieve of Eratosthenes (flag 0x02). Subsequent ssh-keygen1 primality tests are Miller-Rabin tests (flag 0x04).

**trials**- Decimal number indicating of primaility trials that have been performed on the modulus.
**size**- Decimal number indicating the size of the prime in bits.
**generator**- The recommended generator for use with this modulus (hexadecimal).
**modulus**- The modulus itself in hexadecimal.

When performing Diffie Hellman Group Exchange, sshd(8) first estimates the size of the modulus required to produce enough Diffie Hellman output to sufficiently key the selected symmetric cipher. sshd(8) then randomly selects a modulus from Fa /etc/ssh/moduli that best meets the size requirement.

## SEE ALSO

ssh-keygen1, sshd(8),-
*RFC 4419**"Diffie-Hellman Group Exchange for the Secure Shell (SSH) Transport Layer Protocol"*2006

## Index

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