Cache TLS termination

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TLS in the caching cluster is terminated by nginx. It performs the following roles:

  • TLS terminator
  • HTTP/2 terminator
  • Forward TLS & HTTP/2 metrics to varnish

TLS termination

TLS requirements for canonical domains and hence for the caching cluster are described here. Puppetization happens in profile::cache::ssl::unified and more specifically in tlsproxy::localssl. The usual TLS configuration parameters (ciphersuites enabled and their preference order, DH parameters and optionally HSTS) happens in the puppet function ssl_ciphersuite.

HSTS

HSTS header injection is performed by our varnish frontend layer here and it looks like this:

strict-transport-security: max-age=106384710; includeSubDomains; preload

OCSP stapling

OCSP stapling is performed externally to nginx. So nginx just sends a prefetched OCSP stapling response that's obtained every 12 hours using the nginx configuration directive ssl_stapling_file and a custom patch to support dual-cert setups with prefetched OCSP stapling responses. A good post about why this is being done like this can be found in APNIC's blog.

OCSP stapling prefetching is performed by update-ocsp and it's puppetization lives in sslcert::ocsp::conf which of course is invoked in the already mentioned profile::cache::ssl::unified