Title : Using haproxy for TLS layer
Author: Solène
Date : 07 March 2019
Tags : openbsd
This article explains how to use haproxy to add a TLS layer to any TCP
protocol. This includes http or gopher. The following example explains
the minimal setup required in order to make it work, haproxy has a lot
of options and I won't use them.
The idea is to let haproxy manage the TLS part and let your http server
(or any daemon listening on TCP) replying within the wrapped connection.
You need a simple haproxy.cfg which can looks like that:
mode tcp
timeout client 50s
timeout server 50s
timeout connect 50s
frontend haproxy
bind *:7000 ssl crt /etc/ssl/certificat.pem
default_backend gopher
backend gopher
server gopher check
The idea is that it waits on port 7000 and will use the file
**/etc/ssl/certificat.pem** as a certificate, and forward requests to the
backend on **That is ALL**. If you want to do https, you need
to listen on port 443 and redirect to your port 80.
The PEM file is made from the privkey concatenated with the fullchain
certificate. If you use a self signed certificate, you can make it with the
following command:
cat secret.key certificate.crt > cert.pem
One can use a folder with PEM certificates files inside instead of using a
file. This will allow haproxy to receive connections for ALL the certificates
For more security, I recommend using the chroot feature and a dh file but it's
out of the current topic.