Wed, 03 Dec 2014

Installing a StartSSL certificate with haproxy

haproxy since version 1.5 supports native SSL. It uses a combined PEM file for encrypting connections.

StartSSL is a popular provider of free SSL certificates (which I happen to use), but only provides separate ssl.crt and ssl.key files.

To install these with haproxy they need to be combined into a single PEM file. It is helpful to also present the intermediary certificates, which can be downloaded on the StartSSL website as well. Otherwise clients might not recognize the certificate as valid because they cannot verify the certificate chain.

To combine them into one, cat works just fine:

cat ssl.crt ca.pem ssl.key > ssl.pem

Install it in haproxy by adding a bind option to the frontend block, e.g.

bind :443 ssl crt /etc/haproxy/ssl.pem bind :::443 ssl crt /etc/haproxy/ssl.pem

This is what I'm running on

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