Configure OCSP Stapling
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This document provides instructions on how to enable Online Certificate Status Protocol (OCSP) stapling for your certificates. OCSP stapling provides improved information on the revocation status and enhances efficiency of bandwidth management. To learn more about support for OCSP stapling, see OCSP Stapling.
Using the instructions provided in this guide, you can request and obtain an OCSP must-staple certificate from a Certificate Authority (CA) and apply them in F5® Distributed Cloud Services virtual host or advertise policy. To learn more about the virtual host and advertise policy, see Virtual Host.
A virtual host acting as a proxy for a service. If you do not have a virtual host configured, see Create a Virtual Host.
You can enable OCSP stapling in one of the following ways:
By configuring a certificate with OCSP must-staple extension in the TLS configuration of virtual host.
By configuring a certificate with OCSP must-staple extension in the TLS configuration of the advertise policy and applying the policy in virtual host configuration.
Enabling OCSP stapling requires performing the following sequence of actions:
|Generate Certificate with OCSP Multi-Staple Extension||Request and obtain an OCSP certificate from a CA.|
|Create Virtual Host||Create virtual host and apply the certificate in the TLS configuration of the advertise policy or virtual host.|
Generate Certificate with OCSP Multi-Staple Extension
Enabling OCSP stapling requires you to first obtain a certificate with OCSP must-staple extension from a CA.
Note: The self-signed certificates are not supported for OCSP stapling.
Perform the following to obtain a CA-signed certificate with OCSP must-staple extension:
Step 1: Create a TLS configuration file with the CN and DNS entries pointing to your CA domain name.
This example shows the sample configuration file
ocsp-must-2.helloedge.app as the sample domain name:
cat tls_config [req] distinguished_name = req_distinguished_name req_extensions = v3_req prompt = no [req_distinguished_name] CN = ocsp-must-2.helloedge.app [v3_req] keyUsage = keyEncipherment, digitalSignature extendedKeyUsage = serverAuth subjectAltName = @alt_names tlsfeature = status_request [alt_names] DNS.1 = ocsp-must-2.helloedge.app
Step 2: Create a Certificate Signing Request (CSR) with the OCSP Must-Staple extension.
openssl req -new -out out.csr -newkey rsa:2048 -nodes -sha256 -keyout out.key -config tls_config
Step 3: Request and obtain a certificate from the CA.
This example shows a sample request from the
Let's Encrypt CA:
sudo certbot certonly --register-unsafely-without-email --manual --preferred-challenges dns --must-staple --csr out.csr -d ocsp-must-2.helloedge.app
Step 4: Verify that the certificate is enabled with OCSP support.
Check for the method from the command line:
openssl x509 -in <cert-name>.crt -noout -text
Import and view the certificate from a browser:
Step 5: Create a virtual host and apply the certificate created in Step 4 to the TLS configuration of the advertise policy or virtual host.
If you need to apply the certificate to the advertisement policy, ensure that you apply that policy to the virtual host configuration.
Note: For instructions on creating a virtual host, see the Create and Advertise a Virtual Host guide.