Verify cluster TLS/SSL configuration

Connecting Codefresh to an on-premises Kubernetes cluster

Read this page if you are adding in Codefresh a custom (e.g. on-premises) cluster.


Codefresh connects to your cluster via secure TLS channel, therefore make sure you have configured your cluster and any load balancer or reverse proxy standing in front of it to handle the connection properly.

We need to make sure the following conditions are met

  1. The Load Balancer certificate Common Name corresponds to the Load Balancer hostname/IP address
  2. When adding the cluster to Codefresh, we provide it with the base64 encoded CA issuer certificate, not the Load Balancer server certificate, unless it is a self-signed one
  3. If there is more than one CA in the certificate chain, you need to provide the whole CA bundle file to Codefresh, not a single CA certificate

The exact steps

  1. Open the URL of your K8 API server, that is the Load Balancer IP (or DNS name) in Chrome using https. Let it be, for example:
  2. Open Chrome Developer Tools->Security. Export the server and the CA certificates to file named loadbalancer_cert and ca_cert. If there is more than one CA, export all of them and combine them into a single bundle file using the following command:

     cat intermediateCA.crt rootCA.crt > ca-cert
  3. See the contents of the certificate using the following command:

     openssl x509 -in loadbalancer_cert -text
  4. See the contents of the CA certificate:

     openssl x509 -in ca_cert -text

    Pay attention to the flag CA:TRUE meaning that this is a CA cert. And Subject: CN should be the same as in the field Issuer of the Load Balancer certificate.

  5. Verify that the Load Balancer certificate is issued by the CA:

     openssl verify -verbose -CAfile ca_cert loadbalancer_cert
  6. If everything is fine then add the cluster, giving to Codefresh the CA cert base64 encoded and the service account token.