Exploring the Use of Intel SGX for Secure Many-Party Applications

Kubilay Ahmet Küçük, Andrew Paverd, Andrew Martin, N. Asokan, Andrew Simpson, Robin Ankele

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The theoretical construct of a Trusted Third Party (TTP) has the potential to solve many security and privacy challenges. In particular, a TTP is an ideal way to achieve secure multiparty computation---a privacy-enhancing technique in which mutually distrusting participants jointly compute a function over their private inputs without revealing these inputs. Although there exist cryptographic protocols to achieve this, their performance often limits them to the two-party case, or to a small number of participants. However, many real-world applications involve thousands or tens of thousands of participants. Examples of this type of many-party application include privacy-preserving energy metering, location-based services, and mobile network roaming.

Challenging the notion that a trustworthy TTP does not exist, recent research has shown how trusted hardware and remote attestation can be used to establish a sufficient level of assurance in a real system such that it can serve as a trustworthy remote entity (TRE). We explore the use of Intel SGX, the most recent and arguably most promising trusted hardware technology, as the basis for a TRE for many-party applications.

Using privacy-preserving energy metering as a case study, we design and implement a prototype TRE using SGX, and compare its performance to a previous system based on the Trusted Platform Module (TPM). Our results show that even without specialized optimizations, SGX provides comparable performance to the optimized TPM system, and therefore has significant potential for large-scale many-party applications.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 1st Workshop on System Software for Trusted Execution
Place of PublicationNew York, NY, USA
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)978-1-4503-4670-2
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2016
MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventWorkshop on System Software for Trusted Execution - Trento, Italy
Duration: 12 Dec 201616 Dec 2016
Conference number: 1


WorkshopWorkshop on System Software for Trusted Execution
Abbreviated titleSysTEX


  • Attestation
  • Many-Party Applications
  • Privacy
  • Smart Grid
  • Software Guard Extensions
  • Trustworthy Remote Entity


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