Nick Benthem
Nick Benthem
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We had an issue with our Kubernetes cluster running Astronomer where we had a SSL certificate for our cluster - but it had a 90 day expiration. The configuration was through Terraform, but due to some version skew, as well as complicated dependency trees we didn’t want to address, we needed to generate a valid SSL certificate today - and update a secret that containers in EKS were using. Typically - you should automate this process somehow (Airflow job or some similarly scheduled performance), but if you need the manual version - here’s how we did it.

1 - Generate a valid SSL cert.

Since we’re using Kubernetes, we can use a Docker container to handle this for us.

Follow the instructions here:

This meant I ran the following command:


docker run -it --rm --name letsencrypt -v /Users/nickbethem/letsencrypt1:/etc/letsencrypt -v /Users/nickbethem/letsencrypt2:/var/lib/letsencrypt certbot/certbot:latest certonly -d "*" --manual --preferred-challenges dns --server

Follow the instructions on screen -

Docker instructions

Following the instructions - I placed the txt into my domain name service (I use Route53) - Inserting records into Route53

This gave me some wonderful new certs.

My new certs

The README is very helpful here to explain what each of these are:

`[cert name]/privkey.pem`  : the private key for your certificate.
`[cert name]/fullchain.pem`: the certificate file used in most server software.
`[cert name]/chain.pem`    : used for OCSP stapling in Nginx >=1.3.7.
`[cert name]/cert.pem`     : will break many server configurations, and should not be used
                 without reading further documentation (see link below).

Thus - we want to use the privkey.pem and fullchain.pem - other options are valid, but these two are the best default choice I think.

Finally - we can create the secret inside of Kubernetes - kubectl create secret tls my-tls-secret --cert=fullchain.pem --key=privkey.pem

I had to create it in a namespace, so that became:

kubectl create secret tls my-tls-secret --cert=fullchain.pem --key=privkey.pem --namespace mynamespace

Now - if I want to use an ngix container - I can do so easily by adding it as an argument or secret.

  - args:
    - /nginx-ingress-controller
    - --default-ssl-certificate=mynamespace/my-tls-secret

Last step (if you’re updating a SSL cert) - just restart containers by deleting everything (assuming you have replication set up!)

kubectl delete pods --all