# HAProxy to terminate SSL also send SSL to backend server

I would like terminate SSL at HAProxy, do some manipulation on the header, rewrite URL and re-encrypt traffic and send to backend servers as SSL?

I can't seem to find a way to do this. I can get regular SSL termination done, and send plain HTTP requests to backend. But I need to send SSL to backend.

I would like to have the following features:

• Extract x-forwarded-for headers, to get the real client IP behind proxy.
• Implement session stickiness using cookie.
• Do some URL rewriting.
• Send SSL traffic to backend using cookie based session stickieness.

Unless I terminate SSL at haproxy end, I cannot get URL rewriting done.

Any help from the good people here would be highly appreciated.

• Can you post your current config, and tell us what's not working? – GregL Nov 22 '15 at 15:34

There's nothing special to do in haproxy.cfg. You simply configure whatever URL rewrites and header manipulations you want within your HAProxy frontend and then redirect traffic to your SSL backend. Here's an quick example:

frontend app1_ssl
bind *:443 ssl crt /etc/haproxy/certs.d/example.com.crt crt /etc/haproxy/certs.d/ no-sslv3

option http-server-close
option forwardfor

# set HTTP Strict Transport Security (HTST) header

# some ACLs and URL rewrites...

default_backend             backend_app1_ssl

backend backend_app1_ssl
server mybackendserver 127.0.0.1:4433 ssl verify none

• Awesome! Let me try that. I wasn't able to find that "server .... ssl" thing anywhere. – oazabir Nov 23 '15 at 11:41
• Many thanks for your help. I was able to get it working. However, I could not get SSL sticky to work. Could you help please? The question is here: serverfault.com/questions/738397/… – oazabir Nov 23 '15 at 17:21
• Great, I'm glad I was able to help. Don't forget to accept my answer so others can see right away that it was helpful ;-) – Tubeless Nov 23 '15 at 17:24
• Does the encryption really works by by giving ssl verify none? From the haproxy documentation, " If set to 'none', server certificate is not verified. In the other case, The certificate provided by the server is verified using CAs from 'ca-file'". Can someone please clarify this? – mjm Dec 18 '18 at 14:41
• @eli you are right. Deprecation warning was added after my initial answer. I've updated my answer. Cheers! – Tubeless Aug 20 '20 at 14:55