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Intel® SGX SDK Edger8r and Intel® Software Guard Extensions Platform Software Component

Intel ID:
Product family:
Intel® SGX
Impact of vulnerability:
Elevation of Privilege
Severity rating:
Original release:
Mar 20, 2018
Last revised:
July23, 2019


CVE-2018-3626: The Edger8r tool in the Intel® Software Guard Extensions (SGX) Software Development Kit (SDK) before version 2.1.2 (Linux) and 1.9.6 (Windows*) may generate code that is susceptible to a side channel attack, potentially allowing a local user to access unauthorized information.

CVE-2017-5736:  An elevation of privilege in Intel® Software Guard Extensions Platform Software Component before allows a local attacker to execute arbitrary code as administrator.


CVE-2018-3626: Recently it was reported that the Edger8r Tool, a software component of the Intel® Software Guard Extensions (SGX) Software Development Kit (SDK), may generate C source code potentially leading to a software based side-channel vulnerability.

Exposure of the vulnerability is limited to enclaves produced by developers who use the ‘string’ attribute or the ‘sizefunc’ attribute in the Edger8r Enclave Definition Language (EDL) syntax.  When these attributes are used, and the resultant code is compiled into an SGX enclave, then that enclave may be exposed to a side-channel which could reveal sensitive data within the enclave. The actions outlined in this document should be followed to help minimize potential impacts.

The issue has the following Computer Vulnerability Scoring System (CVSS) rating

  • 4.0 Medium CVSS:3.0/AV:L/AC:L/PR:N/UI:N/S:U/C:L/I:N/A:N

CVE-2017-5736: An elevation of privilege in Intel® Software Guard Extensions Platform Software Component before allows a local attacker to execute arbitrary code as administrator.

  • 8.2 High CVSS:3.0/AV:L/AC:L/PR:L/UI:R/S:C/C:H/I:H/A:H

Affected products:

CVE-2018-3626: Products developed with Intel® SGX SDK before version 2.1.2 (Linux) and 1.9.6 (Windows*)

CVE-2017-5736: Intel® Software Guard Extensions Platform Software Component before


CVE-2018-3626: Intel recommends that SGX developers, ISVs, and other affected parties review the information below, and undertake the related actions necessary to enhance their platform security.

If attestation is used

One way to ensure that SGX platforms are up to date is through the process of attestation. The attestation process verifies that the platform is a valid SGX platform and the platform components meet a defined set of security requirements. In addition, the attestation process enables the application provider to verify the security version of the application.

CVE-2017-5736: Intel highly recommends that developers and users update to Intel® Software Guard Extensions Platform Software Component version or later.

For Windows* 10 users run Windows* update and version will be updated.

For developers an updated client has been posted here:


Intel would like to thank Jo Van Bulck, Frank Piessens, and Raoul Strackx of Ku Leuven University for reporting CVE-2018-3626 and working with us on coordinated disclosure.

Intel would like to thank employee Michael N. Henry (DCG Red Team) for CVE-2017-5736.

Intel would also like to thank employees Kekai Hu, Ke Sun, Henrique Kawakami and Rodrigo Branco for CVE-2018-3626 and CVE-2017-5736.

Revision History

Revision Date Description
1.0 19-March-2018 Initial Release
1.1 20-March-2018 Fix CVE Number
1.2 23-July-2019 Updated Acknowledgements
1.3 03-March-2020 Updated Acknowledgements

CVE Name: CVE-2018-5736

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