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Galileo OSNMA (Open Service Navigation Message Authentication)

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Crates.io Docs Rust OSNMA Test Vectors License License: MIT

galileo-osnma is a Rust implementation of the Galileo OSNMA (Open Service Navigation Message Authentication) protocol. This protocol is used by the Galileo GNSS to sign cryptographically the navigation message data transmitted by its satellites, in order to prevent spoofing. Briefly speaking, galileo-osnma can process the navigation message data and OSNMA cryptographic data and check all the cryptographic signatures against an ECDSA public key and/or Merkle tree, in order to check the authenticity of the navigation data.

galileo-osnma does not require the Rust Standard library (it can be built with no_std), allocates all its data statically on the stack, and has a relatively small memory footprint for the data (~76 KiB if Slow MAC is used and data for 36 satellites in parallel is stored, and ~8.5 KiB if Slow MAC is not used and data for only 12 satellites in parallel is stored). This makes it possible to use the library in some embedded microcontrollers. A demo of galileo-osnma running in a Longan nano GD32VF103 board is provided in the osnma-longan-nano crate. This is a RISC-V microcontroller with 128 KiB of flash and 32 KiB of RAM that is similar to the popular STM32F103 ARM Cortex-M3 microcontroller.


The documentation for galileo-osnma is hosted in docs.rs.

The following reference documents from the Galileo system are relevant:

Quick start using Galmon

galileo-osnma comes with a binary application that can read Galileo INAV pages using the Galmon transport protocol. This is located in the galmon-osnma folder.

A quick way to see this working is to use the Galmon Galileo navigation data feed, which streams from, TCP port 10000. From the galmon-osnma folder, we can run

nc 10000 | \
    RUST_LOG=info cargo run --release -- --pubkey osnma-pubkey.pem --pkid N

to see galileo-osnma processing the OSNMA and navigation data streamed by Galmon. The env_logger documentation describes how the logging information produced by this application can be configured.

The file osnma-pubkey.pem should contain the Galileo OSNMA public key, and the number N should be its associated Public Key ID (PKID). See the section below for how to obtain this data.

Note that Galmon aggregates data from many receivers around the world and packets occasionally arrive out-of-order in the stream. This is not the main expected use case for galileo-osnma. Therefore, when running this, there can be some small problems with data or timestamps inconsistencies.

Alternatively, you can use one of the tools of Galmon with your own GNSS receiver. For instance, an uBlox receiver can be used as

ubxtool --wait --port /dev/ttyACM0 --station 1 --stdout --galileo \
    | RUST_LOG=info cargo run --release -- --pubkey osnma-pubkey.pem --pkid N

Obtaining the Galileo OSNMA public key and Merkle tree root

The OSNMA ECDSA public key and/or the Merkle tree root need to be obtained to run galmon-osnma and other example applications, as well as to make full use of the library. The current ECDSA public key is needed to validate OSNMA cryptographic data (more precisely, TESLA root keys) transmitted in the signal-in-space. The Merkle tree root is needed to validate ECDSA public keys broadcast in the signal-in-space. These keys are transmitted only every 6 hours (at 00:00, 06:00, 12:00, and 18:00 GST).

The galmon-osnma application can be run using either the ECDSA public key (using the --pubkey and --pkid arguments), the Merkle tree root (using the --merkle-root argument), or both. If only the ECDSA public key is given, the application will not be able to use new public keys that are broadcast in the signal-in-space for a public key renewal or revocation. If only the Merkle tree root is given, it will be necessary to wait until the current ECDSA public key is broadcast in the signal-in-space.

The public key and the Merkle tree root can be downloaded from the European GNSS Service Centre, under GSC Products > OSNMA_PUBLICKEY. It is necessary to register an account to obtain these files.

The public key is downloaded as an x509 certificate. The Public Key ID is included in the filename, and it is also listed elsewhere in the GSC Products website. The current certificate file is OSNMA_PublicKey_20240115100000_newPKID_1.crt, and the corresponding Public Key ID is 1. The key in PEM format, as required by galmon-osnma can be extracted with

openssl x509 -in OSNMA_PublicKey_20240115100000_newPKID_1.crt -noout -pubkey > osnma-pubkey.pem

The Merkle tree information is downloaded in an XML file. The current file is OSNMA_MerkleTree_20240115100000_newPKID_1.xml. The tree root, expressed as a 256-bit hexadecimal number can be extracted from the XML file with

./utils/extract_merkle_tree_root.py OSNMA_MerkleTree_20240115100000_newPKID_1.xml

This 256-bit hexadecimal format is the one that is directly used by the galmon-osnma --merkle-root argument. The tree root is also listed in other parts of the GSC Products website.

The public key is also given as 264-bit compressed point in hexadecimal, both in an XML file containing the public key, and in the Merkle tree XML file, as well as in other parts of the GSC Products website. The scripts extract_public_key.py and extract_merkle_tree_key.py in the utils folder can be used to extract the key in hexadecimal from these XML files. The sec1_to_pem.py script in the utils folder can be used to convert this hexadecimal representation to PEM format.

Development status

galileo-osnma has been usable since its first release during the public test phase of OSNMA, and then updated for the OSNMA ICD changes done in the service phase. Currently it is in-line with the OSNMA SIS ICD v1.1. galileo-osnma can authenticate all the types of navigation data currently supported by OSNMA using the ECDSA public keys and Merkle tree. There are some features of the OSNMA protocol and some roadmap features that are not implemented yet. These are listed below.

Supported features:

  • Verification of DSM-KROOT using ECDSA P-256.
  • Verification of DSM-KROOT using ECDSA P-521, with some small caveats: There is a p521 feature used to enable or disable P-521 support. This feature is enabled by default. It is disabled in the osnma-longan-nano demo, since otherwise the firmware size is too large for the target microcontroller. The galmon-osnma application can only load P-256 keys in PEM format. The --pubkey-p521 argument can be used to load a P-521 key in hexadecimal format instead.
  • Verification of DSM-PKR against the Merkle tree root.
  • Verification of TESLA keys using the TESLA root key or another previously authenticated key in the chain.
  • Verification of the MACSEQ and ADKD fields of the MACK message using the MAC look-up table. This includes checking the flexible ADKDs.
  • Verification of navigation data for ADKD=0, ADKD=4 and ADKD=12 using all the tags in the MACK messages.
  • Retrieval of DSM messages using OSNMA data.
  • Retrieval of MACK messages using OSNMA data.
  • Navigation data retrieval using INAV words.
  • Storage of the current ECDSA public key and potentially the next ECDSA public key, in order to support key renewal or revocation scenarios seamlessly.
  • Storage of the current TESLA key and potentially a TESLA key for the next chain, in order to support chain renewal or revocation scenarios seamlessly.
  • Storage and classification of MACK messages and navigation data.
  • Tag accumulation. 40 bit worth of tags are required to consider a piece of navigation data as authenticated.
  • Non-nominal scenarios (renewals, revocations, alerts), according to the values of the NMA status and CPKS fields in the NMA header.

Unsupported features:

  • Warm start, by loading a previously authenticated TESLA key.

Roadmap features. These are not features of OSNMA itself, but will add to the functionality and usability of galileo-osnma:

  • C API
  • Python API

OSNMA Test Vectors

There is a script run_test_vectors.sh that is used to run the OSNMA Test Vectors provided as an annex to the OSNMA Receiver Guidelines v1.3. The script uses the small application in the osnma-test-vectors-to-galmon folder to convert the CSV test vectors into the Galmon transport format, and pipes this data into the galmon-osnma application.

When the script runs, it prints a description of what should happen in each test, but there are no automatic pass/fail criteria. The log outputs for each test need to be checked manually. The script is run as

./utils/run_test_vectors.sh Test_vectors

where Test_vectors is the path of the folder containing the test vectors. It is recommended to run it as follows to capture all the output into less using colours:

RUST_LOG_STYLE=always ./utils/run_test_vectors.sh Test_vectors 2>&1 | less -R

By default, the log level is set to display only errors and warnings, and info messages corresponding to successful authentication of new navigation data. The log level can be overridden with the RUST_LOG environment variable as usual.

There is a CI workflow that downloads the test vectors from the GSC website and runs the run_test_vectors.sh script. The output of this workflow can serve as a demo of the capabilities of galileo-osnma.

Minimum Supported Rust Version

Rust 1.70 or higher.

Minimum supported Rust version can be changed in the future, but it will be done with a minor version bump.


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