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> I grant that it is more efficient to have the least significant byte in the
> least address. I suspect that these libraries actually swap bytes
> internally. However, we are presented with a programmer's interface, at
> least for BSAFE, in which the most significant byte is first. If we encode
> bignums as least significant byte first, then we are forced to byte-swap
> whenever we use them.
It's my understanding/recollection that SSLeay does it the
other way around. Personally preferring SSLeay over BSAFE, I would be
inclined to prefer the SSLeay API over BSAFE. In general, I think
people should consider which crypto libraries are the most used and
set things accordingly.
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