Secure methodology for creating Neo public and private keys Part 1 of 2

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Summary

The beauty of this process is that all those private keys you generated for the Neo Paper Wallet public key generator by snowypowers via bitcoin private keys.

These can be regenerated with just the 12 or 13 words from the bitcoin Electrum wallet which YOU can generate with dice rolls.

It creates a simple generation and management of Neo Private keys and no disclosure of the private key until you want to transfer NEO back to an exchange.

Introduction

I’m on Linux which is good but I did get hacked via Teamviewer once and actually saw the person on my PC. I had recycled a password in the dim and distant past from the linkedin hack…

What saved me even if I hadn’t been in the office was 2FA on all my accounts… Live and learn fast!

However as far as I know the official Neo Web Wallet @ https://neowallet.cn/ allows you to send without re-entering your password like say electron. This is a real over sight.

Now I’ve gone over to the Neon City of Zion wallet and use kde-connect to securely pass my private key I scan as a paper QR code on my phone to pc clipboard, which I then paste into the Neon City of Zion wallet.

What would be cool for both wallets is allow you to enter either a 12 word passphrase which you could generate in electrum for example OR your private key.

You can for example user electrum to generate your 12 word passphrase and use one of the private keys generated from your addresses as a Neo/Neon private key.

 

Part One Installation bitcoin Electrum

On the “official installation page”
https://electrum.org/#download

Replace

 sudo apt-get install python-qt4 python-pip

WITH

sudo apt-get install python-qt4 python-pip python-setuptools

I have contacted the maintainers of this page and got nowhere, so I have no idea how the average Joe succeeds in installing it at the moment.

 

Step TWO Generate your passphrase

Follow the instructions below or just create a new wallet with Electrum which will generate a 12 word passphrase for you

Rolling the dice

http://www.swansontec.com/bitcoin-dice.html Download Dice to Key https://github.com/swansontec/dice2key

wget -O dice2key.zip https://github.com/swansontec/dice2key/archive/master.zip 
unzip dice2key.zip
cd dice2key-master

./dice2key.sh 123456123456123456123456123456123456123456123456123
51
dice rolls – the dice2key software will now warn you it’s not 100, but we’re not using it for the actual key, just the entropy, but more than 51 rolls in Electrum v2.4 creates a seed phrase greater than 13 words.

mark@asrock:~/dice2key-master$ ./dice2key.sh 123456123456123456123456123456123456123456123456123 
warning: The input has less than 100 dice rolls4. Download Neon Wallet by CoZ
91D89C79009852800BFFCCDC406B1BA0

Next we need the number for Electrum as a decimal not hex, which we can do from the command line:

mark@asrock:~/dice2key-master$ echo "ibase=16; 91D89C79009852800BFFCCDC406B1BA0"|bc
193862769152946304546066490817889639328

Go to the command line, NOT the console within electrum and run

electrum make_seed --entropy=193862769152946304546066490817889639328

It will generate a SEED PHRASE with thirteen words like:

useless welcome frame safe door scrap lock swear frame height hotel endless depth

[Or you can remove a few numbers from the end IE 39328 and get a standard 12 word passphrase

electrum make_seed --entropy=1938627691529463045460664908178896
must student hungry bike parade boring frown sell detail agent tiny matter

Having spoken with Thomas Vögtlin Electrum’s author on IRC, more entropy does not result in a more randomly generated private key:

[21:51] <m1bxd> Hullo anyone, electrum make_seed –entropy=XXXXXXX can generate a seed of MORE than 13 words, will this cause a problem in the future? or does it not matter – Cheers

[22:24] <ThomasV> m1bxd: notes

Then you can run electrum

-> File

->  New/Restore

->  Give the wallet a name 2017-08-19 NEO1

-> Standard Wallet

-> “I already have seed”

-> Enter

must student hungry bike parade boring frown sell detail agent tiny matter

-> Next

Go to “View”->”addresses”

-> choose a bitcoin public key

-> Right click

Pick a key pair and use the private key as you Neo / Neon private key.

Now do a couple of things click on the QR link above close

Go to go Copy – go into LibreOffice Writer paste it into a new document

Then go back and copy the private key IE

KyLYqo1KUkMEtf1AFmYF4KiZsqCuyEE56PYwMBYHeQQZRiG2kGqH

Next head over to https://github.com/CityOfZion/neon-wallet/releases

And grab you Neon wallet, if you are on Linux/Ubuntu don’t forget to make the
Linux.Neon-X.X.X-x86_64.AppImage – EXECUTABLE

And paste in the private key we derived from the bitcoin key pair because we can use this in Neon Wallet by CoZ or the official wallets.

We can use this to optionally double check

Now the Neon CoZ wallet has generated the NEO public key

AQJeK26eC1CjMfMdq8ze5YU9Xe8mJriXfS

From the bitcoin private key which you now regenerate from the 12 word passphrase electrum. In fact off the bat you could have generated 20 NEO private keys.

Paste this public key on your LibreOffice Writer page. As well as the NEO public key, print it a few times along with the public key & private key QR codes and12/13 word electrum passphrase.

At the end DO NOT SAVE this page. Only print it ou.

Complete Offline public key/private key generation – head off to part 2

http://mx.thirdvisit.co.uk/2017/08/19/creating-neo-public-and-private-keys-offline-part-2-of-2/

NEO tipping address: AR2XDEk1Q8XCXEGaHufoCYYBqTk6ZEvVXe

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