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> If this is article is "easy" crypto, and I shouldn't roll my own crypto, then what should I do?

X25519, Ed25519, XSalsa20-Poly1305--you just minimized your footguns.

Unless you have a different library accessible, use TweetNaCl or one of its wrappers--now you've minimized your library footguns: https://tweetnacl.cr.yp.to/

If the operation you want to do isn't part of that library, you need to ask yourself: "Do I truly understand the security implications of what I am try to do?" And then not do it.

There are still lots of implementation footguns (leaking values in memory, side channel attacks, etc.), but those 2 choices put you so far ahead of the pack that your can probably survive until you have enough money to actually pay a cryptographer to come review your stuff.






> XSalsa20-Poly1305

I'd suggest ChaCha20-Poly1305 in the AEAD construction defined in RFC 7539[1] (which is what most new libraries implement). ChaCha20 is more performant and these days is more widely used -- though the underlying construction is very similar and both were designed by Bernstein et al.

[1]: https://tools.ietf.org/html/rfc7539




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