7.2. Tutorial 2: Hello, World! (without libc)¶
This tutorial covers building a simple “hello world” eapp that uses registered function calls between the enclave and the untrusted host to pass text strings. We refer to this style of design as a ‘native’ Keystone enclave application in contrast to hosting a standard RISC-V binary as the eapp. You can see this other style in the previous tutorial.
Before jumping into the tutorial, please complete Quick Start.
In this tutorial you will compile the Eyrie runtime with specific plugin support, build a host application, and build and modify an enclave application (eapp).
You must have a completed build of the sdk, qemu, and other components outlined in Quick Start.
PATH to include RISC-V tools and
KEYSTONE_SDK_DIR to point the
absolute path to
7.2.2. First Build¶
All code and build tools for this tutorial are found in
You can build the enclave package by running the following command in the build directory
Copy this into the buildroot overlay directory
cp examples/hello-native/hello-native.ke overlay/root
make image will
rebuild the qemu image to include our
hello-native packaged binary.
Once booted, insert the kernel module and run
it should exit with success, but print nothing.
- The enclave package consists of three parts:
- a host application
- a runtime binary (Eyrie)
- an eapp
In this case, the host code is in
the runtime is our modular Eyrie runtime, and the eapp is in
The host contains untrusted code that will ask for an enclave to be provisioned, use the SDK to load the runtime and eapp into the enclave space, and communicate with the enclave after it has started.
The runtime is described in detail in the Eyrie documentation.
The eapp currently contains wrapper code for communicating to the host, and currently prints “Hello World”.
7.2.4. Printing from the eapp¶
sdk/examples/hello-native/eapp/eapp_native.c in your editor.
main there is a call to an ocall wrapper function,
ocall_print_string. This in
ocall_print_string you can see the
ocall itself, which is a special type of syscall to the Eyrie
runtime. This syscall will package and pass the arguments back to the
host application, who has a registered handler for
sdk/examples/hello-native/host/host_native.cpp in your
main we have standard enclave creation and intialization, as
well as registration of an ocall handler,
register_call(OCALL_PRINT_STRING, print_string_wrapper); This
print_string_wrapper) is the host-side argument parsing
and de-serialization portion of the ocall. Once it has validated and
extracted the arguments to the function, it calls
which finally prints the string from the eapp.
For more details on the ocall interface and passing data between the eapp and host, see edge calls.
7.2.5. Modifying the eapp print¶
To update the printed message, update the message in
make hello-native-package to rebuild the packaged
enclave, copy the package into the overlay directory, and then do
make image. If you restart qemu, you’ll now have the updated
hello_native.ke pacakged enclave application.
7.2.6. Deploying Enclave¶
Boot the machine with QEMU. Login as
root with the password
Insert the Keystone driver
# [inside QEMU] insmod keystone-driver.ko
Deploy the enclave
# [inside QEMU] ./hello_native.ke
You’ll see the enclave running!
Verifying archive integrity... All good. Uncompressing Keystone Enclave Package Hello, world!