An Emulator and SDK for Intel SGX extension
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sgx.ko New libraries Feb 7, 2017

SGX-emulator and SDK

Use the emulator with the following specific setting only!

64-bit Ubuntu 14.04.3 LTS guest OS in VirtualBox

(This is the setting we have tested so far, and we can ensure the working of our emulator! We may relieve the requirement on VirtualBox in the future release.)

Before execution, make sure about the right Linux version

uname -r

Here's a prebuilt VirtualBox image. The username and password to login the system are both "sgx"


sudo insmod sgx.ko
make sha
#sudo dmesg -c
make r # view the standard output
dmesg # view kernel output
sudo rmmod sgx

(alternative, you can also run make in the second line).


This demo will show you a simple Enclave program that computes sha1 (cryptographic hash from openssl) inside Enclave.

  • In user-space code, it appears to be a simple function call into a dynamically loaded library.
  • In dmesg, you can see that the function call is "captured" in the kernel space (triggered by an illegal instruction, verified through the following "experiment"). We use this kernel-space hooking to emulate the SGX ENCLU instructions (EENTER and EEXIT).
sudo rmmod sgx
make r #you should be able to see the "illegal instruction" exception