This repository is used to build a Docker image that acts as an HTTP reverse proxy with optional (but strongly encouraged) support for acting as an SSL termination proxy. The proxy can also be configured to enforce HTTP basic access authentication. Nginx is the HTTP server, and its SSL configuration is included (and may be modified to suit your needs) at
nginx/proxy_ssl.conf in this repository.
It is available on docker hub as ployst/nginx-ssl-proxy
Building the Image
Build the image yourself by cloning this repository then running:
docker build -t nginx-ssl-proxy .
Using with Kubernetes
This image is optimized for use in a Kubernetes cluster to provide SSL termination for other services in the cluster. It should be deployed as a Kubernetes replication controller with a service and public load balancer in front of it. SSL certificates, keys, and other secrets are managed via the Kubernetes Secrets API.
Generating test certificates
Use the setup-certs.sh script to generate test certificates. It will create your own Certificate Authority and
use that to self sign a certificate.
THIS IS NOT FOR PRODUCTION USE.
Run an SSL Termination Proxy from the CLI
To run an SSL termination proxy you must have an existing SSL certificate and key. These instructions assume they are stored at /path/to/secrets/ and named
key.pem. You'll need to change those values based on your actual file path and names.
Create a DHE Param
The nginx SSL configuration for this image also requires that you generate your own DHE parameter. It's easy and takes just a few minutes to complete:
openssl dhparam -out /path/to/secrets/dhparam.pem 2048
Launch a Container
Modify the below command to include the actual address or host name you want to proxy to, as well as the correct /path/to/secrets for your certificate, key, and dhparam:
docker run \ -e ENABLE_SSL=true \ -e TARGET_SERVICE=THE_ADDRESS_OR_HOST_YOU_ARE_PROXYING_TO \ -v /path/to/secrets/cert.crt:/etc/secrets/proxycert \ -v /path/to/secrets/key.pem:/etc/secrets/proxykey \ -v /path/to/secrets/dhparam.pem:/etc/secrets/dhparam \ nginx-ssl-proxy
The really important thing here is that you map in your cert to
/etc/secrets/proxycert, your key to
/etc/secrets/proxykey, and your dhparam to
/etc/secrets/dhparamas shown in the command above.
Enable Basic Access Authentication
Create an htpaddwd file:
htpasswd -nb YOUR_USERNAME SUPER_SECRET_PASSWORD > /path/to/secrets/htpasswd
Launch the container, enabling the feature and mapping in the htpasswd file:
docker run \ -e ENABLE_SSL=true \ -e ENABLE_BASIC_AUTH=true \ -e TARGET_SERVICE=THE_ADDRESS_OR_HOST_YOU_ARE_PROXYING_TO \ -v /path/to/secrets/cert.crt:/etc/secrets/proxycert \ -v /path/to/secrets/key.pem:/etc/secrets/proxykey \ -v /path/to/secrets/dhparam.pem:/etc/secrets/dhparam \ -v /path/to/secrets/htpasswd:/etc/secrets/htpasswd \ nginx-ssl-proxy
Connecting to a certification service
The nginx file supports proxying
destination should be defined using the CERT_SERVICE env variable.
The CERT_SERVICE will receive all requests to
Other env vars:
If set, this must be provided and will be set as the value in the
Upgradeheaders will be set on the request to