Install SGX

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Ensure your hardware is Hardware Compliance.

If you're running a local machine and not a cloud-based VM -

  1. Update your BIOS to the latest available version

  2. Go to your BIOS menu

  3. Enable SGX (Set to "YES", it's not enough to set it to "software controlled")

  4. Disable Secure Boot

  5. Disable Hyperthreading

Please use Ubuntu 22.04 LTS If you install SGX on a fresh node to ensure that DCAP will work correctly. Ubuntu 20.04 LTS is not supported by default anymore.

Ensure your hardware is Hardware Compliance.

Check latest SGX DCAP driver

Make sure the SGX driver is installed. The following devices should appear:


If your kernel version if 5.11 or higher, then you probably already have the SGX driver installed. Otherwise - please update the kernel version to 5.11 or higher to ensure that these two devices appear.

Also make sure that the user under which the node is supposed to run has privileges to access SGX:

sudo groupadd sgx_prv
sudo groupadd sgx
sudo usermod -a -G sgx_prv $USER
sudo usermod -a -G sgx $USER

# Check if the above has effect, by the following command

The sgx_prv should appear.

If it does not - Logout and re-login may be needed, for the change to take effect.

Install the DCAP runtime and AESM service

First, you need to add the Intel repository to APT and install the necessary SGX libraries:

curl -fsSL | sudo apt-key add -
sudo add-apt-repository "deb $VERSION_CODENAME main"
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install -y \
    libsgx-aesm-launch-plugin \
    libsgx-enclave-common \
    libsgx-epid \
    libsgx-launch \
    libsgx-quote-ex \
    libsgx-uae-service \
    libsgx-qe3-logic \
    libsgx-pce-logic \
    libsgx-aesm-pce-plugin \
    libsgx-dcap-ql \
    libsgx-dcap-quote-verify \
    libsgx-urts \
    sgx-aesm-service \
    libsgx-aesm-ecdsa-plugin \
    libsgx-aesm-quote-ex-plugin \
    libsgx-ae-qve \

sudo apt upgrade

If your system has 5th Gen Intelยฎ Xeonยฎ Scalable Processor(s)

For the DCAP attestation to work, you'll need to register your platform with Intel. This is achieved by the following:

sudo apt-get install -y sgx-ra-service

You can check the file /var/log/mpa_registration.log, to see if the platform is registered successfully.

Configure Quote Provider

The Quote Provider library is needed to provide the data for DCAP attestation.The configuration file for it should can be found here:


  1. Running a baremetal/physical machine

The simplest would be to use the PCCS run by SCRTLabs. Modify the following parameters in the file:

//PCCS server address
"pccs_url": ""

You can set those parameters by the following command:

sudo cp /etc/sgx_default_qcnl.conf /etc/sgx_default_qcnl.conf.BKP
sudo sed -s -i 's/localhost:8081/' /etc/sgx_default_qcnl.conf
  1. Running on Cloud VPS providers

For cloud VPS providers, the cloud service providers may provide their own PCCS. Please see their documentation for more infomation.

Note: You'll need to restart the AESMD service each time the configuration is changed

Next, restart your aesmd service for the changes to take effect.

sudo systemctl restart aesmd.service

Use check-hw to test the DCAP attestation

Download and run the check-hw tool (included in the Release package here). You should see the following:

DCAP attestation ok
Platform verification successful! You are able to run a mainnet Secret node

That would mean all the above steps are ok, and you're good to go.

In case you see some error messages, but at the end the following:

Platform Okay!
Platform verification successful! You are able to run a mainnet Secret node

That would mean there's a problem with DCAP attestation.

However the EPID attestation still works. Although you may technically run the node, it's strongly recommended to fix this. The EPID will be phased-out by Intel on April 2025.

To get a more detailed error info, run check-hw --testnet

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