End to end transport security

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    Configure end-to-end transport security

    Note: To ensure end-to-end transport encryption, please ensure that both your GoCD server and agent are running on atleast version 16.7.0

    This section will help you configure and improve the security of the agent-to-server communication using correct SSL/TLS certificates and verification process.

    The GoCD agent allows for some configuration to be able to configure and secure the end-to-end transport security to varying security levels.

    The agent by default trusts any and all certificates offered to it, which may possibly allow for MITM attacks. If you’d like to improve security further, by providing your own server certificate, you may provide one of the following options before starting the agent process.

    java -jar agent-bootstrapper.jar -serverUrl https://ci.example.com:8154/go [-rootCertFile /path/to/root-cert.pem] [-sslVerificationMode FULL|NONE|NO_VERIFY_HOST]

    The -rootCertFile option

    The -rootCertFile option must point to the root certificate from the GoCD server (If you’re using a certificate signed by a known CA, you may not need to pass the rootCertFile if the root certificate is present in the default JVM trust store). You can export it from firefox using the page info window by clicking “export” from the certificate details page as shown below:

    Download TLS certificate from GoCD server using Firefox

    If you have the openssl binary available then you can also run the command below to export the root certificate from the GoCD server:

    openssl s_client -showcerts -connect HOSTNAME:PORT </dev/null 2>/dev/null|openssl x509 -outform PEM

    The -sslVerificationMode option

    The -sslVerificationMode option allows you to choose the level of verification you’d want.

    • NONE (the default) will disable all SSL/TLS verification.
    • NO_VERIFY_HOST will perform certificate check, but ignore verification of the server hostname.
    • FULL will perform complete certificate validation.

    Configuring the agent

    Edit the file wrapper-properties.conf and add the following lines to it. See the installation documentation for the location of wrapper-properties.conf file.

    # wrapper-properties.conf
    wrapper.app.parameter.103=-rootCertFile
    wrapper.app.parameter.104=/path/to/root-cert.pem
    wrapper.app.parameter.105=-sslVerificationMode
    wrapper.app.parameter.106=FULL