I need to save public keys in many contracts. Despite that this choice costs, I store them as bytes (I know that the best way is to split the key and store it to different bytes32 constants, but that is not the case right now).
I use web3 and EthCrypto.
So, I create the key pair and compress the public key.
keypair = EthCrypto.createIdentity() compressedPublicKey = EthCrypto.publicKey.compress(keyPair.publicKey)
The output of the above is this:
Public Key: 766cbaa7e623704f93852e162cc0e3fc9cae211819218e00b5e486376724bd7dbd3c64eb7465ab754cb0ecfbbe7ae65d4ecc8df91b74b65948d1254a0eb389c3 Compressed Public Key: 03766cbaa7e623704f93852e162cc0e3fc9cae211819218e00b5e486376724bd7d Private Key: ...
If I just concatenate '0x' to the beginning of the public key, I am able to store it in the contract. Without concatenating '0x', it gives me the error that "Public Key is not bytes".
Now, there is the other option. I can use web3's toHex:
web3.utils.toHex(compressedPublicKey) This outputs: 0x303339633665306635653264633537626231383332623333613537316230383830343563343031323835356136313935313630333663663839356565343737373136
And, of course, I can save this as well to the contract.
But, there's some questioning. Concatenating '0x' and storing it to the smart contract, is not proper (but it works).
Converting to hex and then passing it to the smart contract, I think that is the proper way, but it "requires" 67 more digits to be saved.
Compressed Public Key (68 digits with '0x'): 0x039c6e0f5e2dc57bb1832b33a571b088045c4012855a619516036cf895ee477716 Conversion to hex (135 digits): 0x303339633665306635653264633537626231383332623333613537316230383830343563343031323835356136313935313630333663663839356565343737373136
What is your opinion on this?