Use your own TLS certificates

Use your own TLS certificates

All MKE services are exposed using HTTPS, to ensure all communications between clients and MKE are encrypted. By default, this is done using self-signed TLS certificates that are not trusted by client tools like web browsers. So when you try to access MKE, your browser warns that it doesn’t trust MKE or that MKE has an invalid certificate.

The same happens with other client tools.

$ curl https://mke.example.org

SSL certificate problem: Invalid certificate chain

You can configure MKE to use your own TLS certificates, so that it is automatically trusted by your browser and client tools.

To ensure minimal impact to your business, you should plan for this change to happen outside business peak hours. Your applications will continue running normally, but existing MKE client certificates will become invalid, so users will have to download new ones to access MKE from the CLI.

Configure MKE to use your own TLS certificates and keys

To configure MKE to use your own TLS certificates and keys:

  1. Log into the MKE web UI with administrator credentials and navigate to the Admin Settings page.

  2. Click Certificates.

  3. Upload your certificates and keys based on the following table:

    Type

    Description

    Private key

    The unencrypted private key of MKE. This key must correspond to the public key used in the server certificate. Click Upload Key.

    Server certificate

    The public key certificate of MKE followed by the certificates of any intermediate certificate authorities which establishes a chain of trust up to the root CA certificate. Click Upload Certificate to upload a PEM file.

    CA certificate

    The public key certificate of the root certificate authority that issued the MKE server certificate. If you don’t have one, use the top-most intermediate certificate instead. Click Upload CA Certificate to upload a PEM file.

    Client CA

    This field is available in MKE 3.2. This field may contain one or more Root CA certificates which the MKE Controller will use to verify that client certificates are issued by a trusted entity. MKE is automatically configured to trust its internal CAs which issue client certificates as part of generated client bundles, however, you may supply MKE with additional custom root CA certificates here so that MKE may trust client certificates issued by your corporate or trusted third-party certificate authorities. Note that your custom root certificates will be appended to MKE’s internal root CA certificates. Click Upload CA Certificate to upload a PEM file. Click Download MKE Server CA Certificate to download the certificate as a PEM file.

  4. Click Save.

After replacing the TLS certificates, your users will not be able to authenticate with their old client certificate bundles. Ask your users to access the MKE web UI and download new client certificate bundles.

If you deployed Mirantis Secure Registry (MSR), you’ll also need to reconfigure it to trust the new MKE TLS certificates.