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Auto configure HTTPS with Let's Encrypt on Docker

If you are migrating your passbolt instance from HTTP to HTTPS, you must ensure all of your users have a backup of their private key.
As for passbolt browser extension, domain will change from HTTP to HTTPS, it will trigger an account recovery.

Important requirement: This tutorial assumes your machine has a valid domain name assigned in order to work with let’s encrypt.

Requirements

Add traefik service to handle https

If you have followed our installation documentation, you should have defined db and passbolt services for your passbolt stack.

To handle HTTPS setup with Let’s Encrypt, add a traefik service as follow:

version: '3.7'
services:
  db:
    ...
  passbolt:
    ...
  traefik:
    image: traefik:2.6
    restart: always
    ports:
      - 80:80
      - 443:443
    volumes:
      - /var/run/docker.sock:/var/run/docker.sock:ro
      - ./traefik.yaml:/traefik.yaml:ro
      - ./conf/:/etc/traefik/conf
      - ./shared/:/shared

Traefik will:

  • act as a proxy in front of passbolt service, that’s why we defined ports 80 and 443.
  • handle Let’s Encrypt certificates renew.

configuration files

Create a traefik.yaml configuration file with this content (replace [email protected] with your email for Let’s Encrypt):

global:
  sendAnonymousUsage: false
log:
  level: INFO
  format: common
providers:
  docker:
    endpoint: 'unix:///var/run/docker.sock'
    watch: true
    exposedByDefault: true
    swarmMode: false
  file:
    directory: /etc/traefik/conf/
    watch: true
api:
  dashboard: false
  debug: false
  insecure: false
entryPoints:
  web:
    address: ':80'
    http:
      redirections:
        entryPoint:
          to: websecure
          scheme: https
          permanent: true
  websecure:
    address: ':443'
certificatesResolvers:
  letsencrypt:
    acme:
      email: [email protected]
      storage: /shared/acme.json
      caServer: 'https://acme-v02.api.letsencrypt.org/directory'
      keyType: EC256
      httpChallenge:
        entryPoint: web
      tlsChallenge: {}

Create a conf folder:

mkdir conf

In the conf folder, create 2 files:

conf/headers.yaml:

http:
  middlewares:
    SslHeader:
      headers:
        FrameDeny: true
        AccessControlAllowMethods: 'GET,OPTIONS,PUT'
        AccessControlAllowOriginList:
          - origin-list-or-null
        AccessControlMaxAge: 100
        AddVaryHeader: true
        BrowserXssFilter: true
        ContentTypeNosniff: true
        ForceSTSHeader: true
        STSIncludeSubdomains: true
        STSPreload: true
        ContentSecurityPolicy: default-src 'self' 'unsafe-inline'
        CustomFrameOptionsValue: SAMEORIGIN
        ReferrerPolicy: same-origin
        PermissionsPolicy: vibrate 'self'
        STSSeconds: 315360000

conf/tls.conf:

tls:
  options:
    default:
      minVersion: VersionTLS12
      sniStrict: true
      curvePreferences:
        - CurveP521
        - CurveP384
      cipherSuites:
        - TLS_ECDHE_ECDSA_WITH_AES_128_GCM_SHA256
        - TLS_ECDHE_ECDSA_WITH_AES_256_GCM_SHA384
        - TLS_ECDHE_ECDSA_WITH_CHACHA20_POLY1305_SHA256

traefik.yaml, conf/headers.yaml and conf/tls.yaml will be mounted inside traefik container.

Handle passbolt with Traefik

To make Traefik redirect incoming requests to passbolt, edit the passbolt service as follow:

Step 1. As traefik will handle HTTPS connexion, remove the ports definition for passbolt service

Step 2. Add docker labels to make Traefik aware of passbolt service

version: '3.7'
services:
  db:
    ...
  passbolt:
    ...
    labels:
      traefik.enable: "true"
      traefik.http.routers.passbolt-http.entrypoints: "web"
      traefik.http.routers.passbolt-http.rule: "Host(`passbolt.domain.tld`)"
      traefik.http.routers.passbolt-http.middlewares: "[email protected]"
      traefik.http.routers.passbolt-https.middlewares: "[email protected]"
      traefik.http.routers.passbolt-https.entrypoints: "websecure"
      traefik.http.routers.passbolt-https.rule: "Host(`passbolt.domain.tld`)"
      traefik.http.routers.passbolt-https.tls: "true"
      traefik.http.routers.passbolt-https.tls.certresolver: "letsencrypt"
  traefik:
    ...

Ensure you have correctly set your domain name (replace passbolt.domain.tld with your own in the example above).

non-root images

If you are using non-root images, add loadbalancer.server.port label to make traefik aware of the to be used port for passbolt service:

version: '3.7'
services:
  db:
    ...
  passbolt:
    ...
    labels:
      ...
      traefik.http.services.passbolt-https.loadbalancer.server.port: 8080

That’s it

Launch docker-compose up -d and you should be able to reach passbolt with HTTPS and a Let’s Encrypt certificate. The renewal of the certificate will be handled automatically by Traefik daemon.

Last updated

This article was last updated on December 30th, 2021.

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