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Re: Whitelisting Client Side Certificates

February 26, 2014 01:00PM
Having just gone through learning about this over the last few days, here's
what I learned. Take it w/ a grain of salt.

There are 2 ways I'm aware of.

1. turn on strict client verify and limit the ca list that the server knows
about. this will cause the server to have a limited view of what certs are
valid in the world and cause it to reject any client who's cert doesn't
chain back to your ca list. I think you set that here:
http://nginx.org/en/docs/http/ngx_http_ssl_module.html#ssl_trusted_certificate

2. match subject name and subjectAlternatename to a whitelist. I don't know
if nginx can do this part natively. Haproxy can:
http://cbonte.github.io/haproxy-dconv/configuration-1.5.html#5.2-verifyhost

....from skimming, the way you'd do #2 is to use
http://nginx.org/en/docs/http/ngx_http_ssl_module.html#ssl_trusted_certificateto
set a proxy header from: $ssl_client_cert and have your backend parse
and accept/deny names found in that pem structure




On Wed, Feb 26, 2014 at 9:37 AM, paddy3883 <nginx-forum@nginx.us> wrote:

> I'm currently working on POC for my company which is looking to use NGINX
> to
> validate API Requests using Client Side Certificates. Presently we have it
> setup so we are self signing/generating these certificates on the local
> machine and are able to use these successfully in our tests. We are also
> able to use the revocation list to disable generated certificates.
>
> Moving forward it is possible we will be using an external CA to generate
> these certificates and we are trying to determine if this is a way to
> 'whitelist' certificates so only those generated ones which we have
> visibility of will be verified, rather than a 'blacklisting' approach to
> block those which are revoked? i.e. Given a client certificate generated by
> a external CA how can we established this in a trusted list of certs to
> verify?
>
> Apologies if this question is lacking technical details/knowledge, this is
> my first hands on experience with SSL.
>
> Posted at Nginx Forum:
> http://forum.nginx.org/read.php?2,247969,247969#msg-247969
>
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Subject Author Posted

Whitelisting Client Side Certificates

paddy3883 February 26, 2014 12:37PM

Re: Whitelisting Client Side Certificates

dannynoonan February 26, 2014 01:00PM

Re: Whitelisting Client Side Certificates

dannynoonan February 26, 2014 01:04PM

Re: Whitelisting Client Side Certificates

dannynoonan February 26, 2014 03:32PM

Re: Whitelisting Client Side Certificates

paddy3883 February 27, 2014 06:16AM



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