I'm trying to set up my EKS cluster in AWS with Nginx ingress controller.

Nginx ingress controller creates a service of type LoadBalancer which in turn creates a ELB instance that's mapped to the node ports of the service.

I'd like to have the SSL certificate managed by AWS, not the kubernetes cluster, so I imported it into the AWS Certificate Manager and added an annotation to the nginx service:

service.beta.kubernetes.io/aws-load-balancer-ssl-cert: <certificate_arn>

So far it's standard stuff. The load balancer is now doing the SSL termination and the subsequent communication between it and the cluster is unencrypted, which is what I wanted. The only problem is that instead of this:

[Client] -> HTTPS (443) -> [ELB (SSL termination)] -> HTTP (80) -> [Service]

I get this

[Client] -> HTTPS (443) -> [ELB (SSL termination)] -> HTTP (443) -> [Service]

As you can see, the ELB doesn't change the port from 443 to 80 and the communication gets rejected by the Nginx pod because it receives unencrypted traffic on port 443.

I tried a similar thing with SSL/TCP ELB but the same problem occurs.

I searched but couldn't find any way, how to tell the ELB to send the unecrypted traffic to port 80. ANy ideas?


  • please, in addition to describe your issue, would be good if you add your kubernetes yamls
    – c4f4t0r
    Mar 15, 2019 at 16:05

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You need to configure your Ingress service to use targetPort: http even when using the 443 port.

Here is an example of using Nginx Ingress and Amazon ELB with Layer 7 (HTTP/HTTPS) listeners:

kind: Service
apiVersion: v1
  name: ingress-nginx
  namespace: ingress-nginx
    app.kubernetes.io/name: ingress-nginx
    app.kubernetes.io/part-of: ingress-nginx
    service.beta.kubernetes.io/aws-load-balancer-ssl-cert: "arn:aws:acm:us-west-2:XXXXXXXX:certificate/XXXXXX-XXXXXXX-XXXXXXX-XXXXXXXX"
    service.beta.kubernetes.io/aws-load-balancer-backend-protocol: "http"
    service.beta.kubernetes.io/aws-load-balancer-ssl-ports: "https"
    service.beta.kubernetes.io/aws-load-balancer-connection-idle-timeout: "60"
  type: LoadBalancer
    app.kubernetes.io/name: ingress-nginx
    app.kubernetes.io/part-of: ingress-nginx
    - name: http
      port: 80
      targetPort: http
    - name: https
      port: 443
      targetPort: http  # <--- PAY ATTENTION HERE
  • My request works on http, but the same times out when I invoke using https. I changed target port as mentioned by you to http still no luck. How can I debug where exactly has the issue in kubernetes? Dec 26, 2019 at 4:54

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