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A common identity module

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Ming Ke Ming (名可名) -- Account Module (Python)

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This document introduces a common Account Module for decentralized user identity authentication.

Copyright © 2018-2019 Albert Moky

0. Meta

The Meta was generated by your private key, it can be used to build a new ID for entity, or verify the ID/PK pair.

It consists of 4 fields:

Field Description
version Meta Algorithm Version
seed Entity Name
key Public Key
fingerprint Signature to generate address

0.0. Version

  • 0x01 Default version
  • 0x02 BTC version
  • 0x03 Extended BTC version
  • 0x04 ETH version
  • 0x05 Extended ETH version

0.1. Seed

A string as same as for generate the fingerprint.

0.2. Key

A public key (PK) was binded to an ID by the Meta Algorithm.

0.3. Fingerprint

THe fingerprint field was generated by your private key and seed:

data = seed.encode('utf-8')
fingerprint = private_key.sign(data)

1. ID

The ID is used to identify an entity(user/group). It consists of 3 fields and 2 extended properties:

Field Description
name Same with meta.seed
address Unique Identification
terminal Login point, it's optional.
type Network type
number Search Number

The ID format is name@address[/terminal].

1.0. Type

The network type of a person is 8, and group is 16:

class NetworkID(IntEnum):
    # Person Account
    Main = 0x08         # 0000 1000 (Person)

    # Virtual Groups
    Group = 0x10        # 0001 0000 (Multi-Persons)
    Polylogue = 0x10    # 0001 0000 (Multi-Persons Chat, N < 100)
    Chatroom = 0x30     # 0011 0000 (Multi-Persons Chat, N >= 100)

    # Network
    Provider = 0x76     # 0111 0110 (Service Provider)
    Station = 0x88      # 1000 1000 (Server Node)

    # Internet of Things
    Thing = 0x80        # 1000 0000 (IoT)
    Robot = 0xC8        # 1100 1000

1.1. Name

The Name field is a username, or just a random string for group:

  1. The length of name must more than 1 byte, less than 32 bytes;
  2. It should be composed by a-z, A-Z, 0-9, or charactors '_', '-', '.';
  3. It cannot contain key charactors('@', '/').
# Name examples
user_name  = "Albert.Moky"
group_name = "Group-9527"

1.2. Address

The Address field was created with the Fingerprint in Meta and a Network ID:

def check_code(data: bytes) -> bytes:
    # check code in BTC address
    return sha256(sha256(data))[:4]

class BTCAddress(Address):

    def new(cls, data: bytes, network: NetworkID=0) -> Address:
        """Generate address with fingerprint and network ID
        :param data:    fingerprint (signature/
        :param network: address type
        :return:        Address object
        prefix = chr(network).encode('latin1')
        digest = ripemd160(sha256(data))
        code = check_code(prefix + digest)
        address = base58_encode(prefix + digest + code)
        return BTCAddress(address)

When you get a meta for the entity ID from the network, you must verify it with the consensus algorithm before accept its public key.

    Meta algorithm
        1. compare meta.seed with
        2. build address with meta, compare it with ID.address
        3. if matches, get public key from meta
    def match_identifier(self, identifier: ID) -> bool:
        """ Check ID(name+address) with meta info """
        if identifier is None:
            return False
        return self.generate_identifier( == identifier

    def match_address(self, address: Address) -> bool:
        """ Check address with meta info """
        if address is None:
            return False
        return self.generate_address( == address

    def generate_identifier(self, network: NetworkID) -> ID:
        """ Generate ID with meta info and network ID """
        address = self.generate_address(network=network)
        return, address=address)

    def generate_address(self, network: NetworkID) -> Address:
        """ Generate address with meta info and network ID """

1.3. Terminal

A resource identifier as Login Point.

1.4. Number

A Search Number is defined for easy remember. Its value is converted from the check code of the address. It's greater than 0 and smaller than 232 (4,294,967,296).

2. Samples


# ID examples
ID1 = "hulk@4YeVEN3aUnvC1DNUufCq1bs9zoBSJTzVEj"  # Immortal Hulk
ID2 = "moki@4WDfe3zZ4T7opFSi3iDAKiuTnUHjxmXekk"  # Monkey King


/* Meta(JsON) for hulk@4YeVEN3aUnvC1DNUufCq1bs9zoBSJTzVEj */
    "version"     : 0x01,
    "key"         : {
        "algorithm" : "RSA",
        "data"      : "-----BEGIN PUBLIC KEY-----\nMIGJAoGBALB+vbUK48UU9rjlgnohQowME+3JtTb2hLPqtatVOW364/EKFq0/PSdnZVE9V2Zq+pbX7dj3nCS4pWnYf40ELH8wuDm0Tc4jQ70v4LgAcdy3JGTnWUGiCsY+0Z8kNzRkm3FJid592FL7ryzfvIzB9bjg8U2JqlyCVAyUYEnKv4lDAgMBAAE=\n-----END PUBLIC KEY-----",
        // other parameters
        "mode"      : "ECB",
        "padding"   : "PKCS1",
        "digest"    : "SHA256"
    "seed"        : "hulk",
    "fingerprint" : "jIPGWpWSbR/DQH6ol3t9DSFkYroVHQDvtbJErmFztMUP2DgRrRSNWuoKY5Y26qL38wfXJQXjYiWqNWKQmQe/gK8M8NkU7lRwm+2nh9wSBYV6Q4WXsCboKbnM0+HVn9Vdfp21hMMGrxTX1pBPRbi0567ZjNQC8ffdW2WvQSoec2I="

(All data encode with BASE64 algorithm as default, excepts the address)

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