I am trying to secure a domain with haproxy. When I load the URL: bitbucket.kl.company.com, I get the error:

bitbucket.kl.company.com uses an invalid security certificate.

This certificate is only valid for the following names:
*.company.com, company.com, bitbucket-mirror.company.com


Now if I go onto the server and do the following:

 openssl x509 -text -noout -in /etc/haproxy/certs/cert.pem | grep DNS
                DNS:*.company.com, DNS:company.com, DNS:bitbucket.kl.company.com

I contacted Digicert who issue the certificates, and they said the server was issuing the wrong certificate.

In my haproxy.cfg I have:

frontend bitbucket_http_frontend
    bind *:80
    bind *:443 ssl crt /etc/haproxy/certs/cert.pem ciphers HIGH:!aNULL:!MD5
    redirect scheme https code 301 if !{ ssl_fc }
    default_backend bitbucket_http_backend

This appears to be what is happening...

haproxy is issuing other certificates from within /etc/haproxy/certs

I didn't expect or ask it to do that, but that is the only conclusion that makes sense, unless there is a default location that it looks in first.

  • You could also have made an error when you built cert.pem. openssl x509 only reads the first cert in the file. Carve that file into individual certificates and examine each one individually. Sep 12, 2017 at 2:31
  • This was helpful thank you, it wasnt the reason why it didn't work nut led me in the right direction
    – eeijlar
    Sep 12, 2017 at 4:44

2 Answers 2


This was due to a stale haproxy process which had been started without 'systemctl', and had been running for 3 months. It was issuing certificates for a long since deleted pem file.

I thought there would have been a port clash or something but there was not. haproxy did not complain.

  • When I found this answer, I realized there were many ways to confirm this. The STARTTIME column in htop for the main process is the same before the reload and after it. But at that point it's enough to just move all of the certificates to a different folder and see them still being issued after reload.
    – Paolo42
    Dec 22, 2020 at 21:59

First of all you have to stop haproxy service :

sudo service haproxy stop

after that, kill all processes related to HAProxy :

ps aux | grep haproxy
user_1     3648060  0.0  0.0  ...
user_root  3680653  0.0  0.0  ...

kill all processes:

kill -9 <process id>
kill -9 3648060
kill -9 3680653

finally, restart HAProxy service and watch logs :

sudo service haproxy start
tail -f /var/log/haproxy.log

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