Fortanix Releases Open Source SDK for Intel SGX Enclaves

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Runtime encryption company Fortanix has launched a free and open source software development kit (SDK) for building Intel Software Guard Extensions (SGX) applications.

The company’s Enclave Development Platform (EDP) provides a native Rust-based SDK that allows writing Intel SGX enclaves, helping developers build applications secure from development vulnerabilities and outsider attacks.

The open source platform is fully integrated with the Rust compiler, so that developers can immediately use new features such as non-lexical lifetimes, futures and async/await syntax, and improved compile-time speeds.

Rust’s stability also ensures that old code continues to work after the compiler is upgraded, Fortanix says. Furthermore, developers can take advantage of the EDP’s open source licensing to sell or distribute the applications they create.

The EDP takes advantage of Rust’s advanced static analysis, built right into the compiler, and ensures that applications created with it are just like native Rust applications. With high-level primitives working inside the enclave, getting started with building applications with EDP is easy, the company says.

According to Fortanix, secure enclaves delivered using its technology help keep data encrypted and protected even when systems are compromised, thus delivering a new level of deterministic security on premise, in hybrid environments, and on remote clouds.

“Fortanix delivers hardened enclaves and a new level of deterministic security based on the hardware-based protections of Intel SGX. By leveraging Rust we are extending the protection used by multiple F100 companies to developer environments,” Ambuj Kumar, co-founder and CEO of Fortanix, said.

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Ionut Arghire is an international correspondent for SecurityWeek.

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