Page-table-based Attacks


In addition to traditional software attacks, another well-known attack vector against SGX is side channels. The threat model of SGX, which assumes that even privileged software (e.g., an OS and a hypervisor) is untrusted, enables broader and stronger classes of side channels. This section demonstrates one class of side-channel attacks (i.e., page-table-based attacks) that is unique to the SGX settings and our mitigation against the attacks.

SGX page-table-based attack

This video presents the page-table-based attack, which is also known as the controlled-channel attack. By manipulating the page table and hooking the page fault handler, the attacker is able to observe precise page access patterns.


This video shows how T-SGX protect an SGX enclave from page-table-based attacks.

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