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stunnel to redis provided by linking containers
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Docker image for providing a TLS endpoint for accessing Redis.


The easiest setup is to have this running in parallel with a Redis container on a host machine. The basic gist is as follows:

  • Start redis container (no need to expose the port)
  • Create a CA and server certificate (see below)
  • Start redis-stunnel container with a link to the redis container and exposing the TLS port

Details are below.

Redis Container

Pretty straight forward:

docker run -d --name redis redis:2.8

CA and Certificate

This is a little more involved. These are roughly the steps:

# Generate a CA key - will ask for a passphrase
openssl genrsa -aes256 -out ca-key.pem 4096 
# Generate the CA - will ask for various details, defaults all fine
openssl req -new -x509 -days 365 -key ca-key.pem -sha256 -out ca.pem
# Generate a key for the server certificate
openssl genrsa -out server-key.pem 4096
# Generate a certificate signing request
HOST=localhost openssl req -subj "/CN=$HOST" -sha256 -new -key server-key.pem -out server.csr
# Generate a server certificate w/ appropriate options - will ask for passphrase
echo subjectAltName = IP: > extfile.cnf
openssl x509 -req -days 365 -sha256 -in server.csr -CA ca.pem -CAkey ca-key.pem \
  -CAcreateserial -out server-cert.pem -extfile extfile.cnf
# Combine key and certificate for stunnel server
cat server-key.pem server-cert.pem > rediscert.pem 

stunnel Container

Start the new container with the certificate, link, and exposed ports:

docker run -d \
  --link redis:redis \
  -v `pwd`/rediscert.pem:/stunnel/private.pem:ro \
  -p 6380:6380 \

Testing the Setup

To test the stunnel setup, run the following NodeJS script. It should print out [] (an empty list) if it is a clean Redis server, but would otherwise print out all the keys on the server.

Before being able to run this script, ioredis needs to be installed with npm.

var fs = require('fs')
var Redis = require('ioredis')

var redis = new Redis({
  host: '',
  port: 6380,
  tls: {
    ca: fs.readFileSync('ca.pem')

redis.keys('*', (err, keys) => {
  if (err) { throw err }
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