Securing Ingress Resources
A common use-case for cert-manager is requesting TLS signed certificates to
secure your ingress resources. This can be done by simply adding annotations to
Ingress resources and cert-manager will facilitate creating the
Certificate resource for you. A small sub-component of cert-manager,
ingress-shim, is responsible for this.
How It Works
The sub-component ingress-shim watches
Ingress resources across your cluster.
If it observes an
Ingress with annotations described in the Supported
Annotations section, it will ensure a
resource with the name provided in the
tls.secretName field and configured as
described on the
Ingress exists. For example:
apiVersion: networking.k8s.io/v1 kind: Ingress metadata: annotations: # add an annotation indicating the issuer to use. cert-manager.io/cluster-issuer: nameOfClusterIssuer name: myIngress namespace: myIngress spec: rules: - host: example.com http: paths: - pathType: Prefix path: / backend: service: name: myservice port: number: 80 tls: # < placing a host in the TLS config will determine what ends up in the cert's subjectAltNames - hosts: - example.com secretName: myingress-cert # < cert-manager will store the created certificate in this secret.
You can specify the following annotations on Ingress resources in order to trigger Certificate resources to be automatically created:
cert-manager.io/issuer: the name of an Issuer to acquire the certificate required for this Ingress. The Issuer must be in the same namespace as the Ingress resource.
cert-manager.io/cluster-issuer: the name of a ClusterIssuer to acquire the certificate required for this Ingress. It does not matter which namespace your Ingress resides, as ClusterIssuers are non-namespaced resources.
cert-manager.io/issuer-kind: the kind of the external issuer resource, for example
AWSPCACIssuer. This is only necessary for out-of-tree issuers.
cert-manager.io/issuer-group: the API group of the external issuer controller, for example
awspca.cert-manager.io. This is only necessary for out-of-tree issuers.
kubernetes.io/tls-acme: "true": this annotation requires additional configuration of the ingress-shim see below. Namely, a default Issuer must be specified as arguments to the ingress-shim container.
acme.cert-manager.io/http01-ingress-class: this annotation allows you to configure the ingress class that will be used to solve challenges for this ingress. Customizing this is useful when you are trying to secure internal services, and need to solve challenges using a different ingress class to that of the ingress. If not specified and the
acme-http01-edit-in-placeannotation is not set, this defaults to the ingress class defined in the Issuer resource.
acme.cert-manager.io/http01-edit-in-place: "true": this controls whether the ingress is modified ‘in-place’, or a new one is created specifically for the HTTP01 challenge. If present, and set to “true”, the existing ingress will be modified. Any other value, or the absence of the annotation assumes “false”. This annotation will also add the annotation
"cert-manager.io/issue-temporary-certificate": "true"onto created certificates which will cause a temporary certificate to be set on the resulting Secret until the final signed certificate has been returned. This is useful for keeping compatibility with the
cert-manager.io/common-name: (optional) this annotation allows you to configure
spec.commonNamefor the Certificate to be generated.
cert-manager.io/duration: (optional) this annotation allows you to configure
spec.durationfield for the Certificate to be generated.
cert-manager.io/renew-before: (optional) this annotation allows you to configure
spec.renewBeforefield for the Certificate to be generated.
cert-manager.io/usages: (optional) this annotation allows you to configure
spec.usagesfield for the Certificate to be generated. Pass a string with comma-separated values i.e “key agreement,digital signature, server auth”
The ingress-shim sub-component is deployed automatically as part of installation.
If you would like to use the old
kubernetes.io/tls-acme: "true" annotation for fully automated TLS, you will need to configure a default
Issuer when deploying cert-manager. This can be done by adding the following
--set when deploying using Helm:
--set ingressShim.defaultIssuerName=letsencrypt-prod \ --set ingressShim.defaultIssuerKind=ClusterIssuer \ --set ingressShim.defaultIssuerGroup=cert-manager.io
Or by adding the following arguments to the cert-manager deployment
podTemplate container arguments.
- --default-issuer-name=letsencrypt-prod - --default-issuer-kind=ClusterIssuer - --default-issuer-group=cert-manager.io
In the above example, cert-manager will create
Certificate resources that
letsencrypt-prod for all Ingresses that have a
kubernetes.io/tls-acme: "true" annotation.
For more information on deploying cert-manager, read the installation guide.
If you do not see a
Certificate resource being created after applying the ingress-shim annotations check that at least
cert-manager.io/cluster-issuer is set. If you want to use
kubernetes.io/tls-acme: "true" make sure to have checked all steps above and you might want to look for errors in the cert-manager pod logs if not resolved.