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ProxySQL TLS/SSL Encryption

Prerequisite : To configure TLS/SSL in ProxySQL, KubeDB uses cert-manager to issue certificates. So first you have to make sure that the cluster has cert-manager installed. To install cert-manager in your cluster following steps here.

To issue a certificate, the following cr of cert-manager is used:

  • Issuer/ClusterIssuer: Issuers and ClusterIssuers represent certificate authorities (CAs) that are able to generate signed certificates by honoring certificate signing requests. All cert-manager certificates require a referenced issuer that is in a ready condition to attempt to honor the request. You can learn more details here.

  • Certificate: cert-manager has the concept of Certificates that define the desired x509 certificate which will be renewed and kept up to date. You can learn more details here.

ProxySQL CRD Specification:

KubeDB uses the following cr fields to enable SSL/TLS encryption in ProxySQL.

  • spec:
    • tls:
      • issuerRef
      • certificates

Read about the fields in details from proxysql concept,

KubeDB uses the issuer or clusterIssuer referenced in the tls.issuerRef field, and the certificate specs provided in tls.certificate to generate certificate secrets using Issuer/ClusterIssuers specification. These certificates secrets including ca.crt, tls.crt and tls.key etc. are used to configure ProxySQL server, exporter etc. respectively.

How TLS/SSL configures in ProxySQL

The following figure shows how KubeDB enterprise is used to configure TLS/SSL in ProxySQL. Open the image in a new tab to see the enlarged version.

Fig: Deploy ProxySQL with TLS/SSL

Deploying ProxySQL with TLS/SSL configuration process consists of the following steps:

  1. At first, a user creates an Issuer/ClusterIssuer cr.

  2. Then the user creates a ProxySQL cr.

  3. KubeDB community operator watches for the ProxySQL cr.

  4. When it finds one, it creates Secret, Service, etc. for the ProxySQL server.

  5. KubeDB Ops Manager watches for ProxySQL(5c), Issuer/ClusterIssuer(5b), Secret and Service(5a).

  6. When it finds all the resources(ProxySQL, Issuer/ClusterIssuer, Secret, Service), it creates Certificates by using tls.issuerRef and tls.certificates field specification from ProxySQL cr.

  7. cert-manager watches for certificates.

  8. When it finds one, it creates certificate secrets tls-secrets(server, client, exporter secrets, etc.) that hold the actual self-signed certificate.

  9. KubeDB community operator watches for the Certificate secrets tls-secrets.

  10. When it finds all the tls-secret, it creates a StatefulSet so that ProxySQL server is configured with TLS/SSL.

In the next doc, we are going to show a step by step guide on how to configure a ProxySQL server with TLS/SSL.