One recent cipher option in openSSH is ed25519. This is an Elliptic curve and is used in many public key cryptographic schemes. These curves are polynomials in two variables -- (x,y), and of the second degree in y, and of the third degree in x. One can consider the curve 25519 over a finite field F of 2^255-19. One can see that this is a field because this is prime. (%i1) factor(2^255-19); (%o1) 57896044618658097711785492504343953926634992332820282019728792003956564819949 The points (x,y) of the elliptic curve form a group and so one can use them as public keys. (%i9) montgomery_curve(x,y,A,B):=B*y^2 = x+A*x^2+x^3 (%i10) curve25519(X):=polymod(montgomery_curve(X,X,486662,1),2^255-19) For the value x = 9, one can consider this curve as a quadratic in y, and solve for it. (%i4) montgomery_curve(9,y,486662,1); 2 (%o4) y = 39420360 (%i11) solve(montgomery_curve(9,y,486662,1),y) (%o11) [y = - 6 sqrt(1095010), y = 6 sqrt(1095010)] These are solutions over the reals. (%i12) factor(39420360) 3 2 (%o12) 2 3 5 7 15643 (%i13) zn_nth_root(39420360,2,2^255-19) (%o13) [1478161944758954479102059356840998688726460613461647528896488183775558\ 6237401, 43114425171068552920764898935933967039370386198203806730763910166200978582548] These are the solutions for y over the finite field. (%i14) curve25519([9, 14781619447589544791020593568409986887264606134616475288964881837755586237401]) (%o14) 39420360 = 39420360 (%i15) rhs(%)-lhs(%) (%o15) 0 So we have shown that the point x = 9, y = 14781619447589544791020593568409986887264606134616475288964881837755586237401 is a point on curve 25519. And thus is a member of the elliptic curve group. If you are interested in Elliptic curves, Elliptic curve cryptography, or openSSH ed25519 please comment below. As you might understand, my resources are limited, and it takes considerable time and energy to make meaningful posts.