The Register Article: Boffins Are Building An Open-Source Secure Enclave On RISC-V

At some point this fall, a team of researchers from MIT‘s CSAIL and UC Berkeley‘s EECS aim to deliver an initial version of an open source, formally verified, secure hardware enclave based on RISC-V architecture called Keystone.

“From a security community perspective, having trustworthy secure enclaves is really important for building secure systems,” said Dawn Song, a professor of computer science at UC Berkeley and founder and CEO of Oasis Labs, in a phone interview with The Register. “You can say it’s one of the holy grails in computer security.”

In addition, the RISC-V microarchitecture looks to be less vulnerable to side-channel attacks. As the RISC-V Foundation said following the disclosure of the Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities earlier this year, “No announced RISC-V silicon is susceptible, and the popular open-source RISC-V Rocket processor is unaffected as it does not perform memory accesses speculatively.”


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