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SSL Bridging with URL Rewrite


I need to terminate SSL, rewrite the URL and URI, then send to the new destination server with SSL.

I have this working, but the SSL session resumption is failing so I have to re-handshake for every call. For a 20 millisecond server call, 80 milliseconds of handshaking is a non-starter.

What am I doing wrong?

    #log local0. "host: [HTTP::host], uri: [HTTP::uri]"

    switch -glob [string tolower [HTTP::host]] {
        "" -
        "" -
        "" {
            # Example rewrite URL:
            # Result after rule:

            # Removed the /rewrite/
            set svc_uri [substr [HTTP::uri] 9]
            #log local0. "svc_uri: $svc_uri"

            # Splits the remaining URI into service name and original URI.
            # 'example-service/blah' becomes 'example-service' and '/blah'
            set part_count [scan $svc_uri {%[^?/#]%s} svc uri]

            # If there was no original URI update it to blank.
            if { $part_count == 1 } {
                set uri ""
            #log local0. "host: $svc.[HTTP::host] uri: '$uri'"

            # Set the new host value.
            HTTP::host "$svc.[HTTP::host]"

            # Update URI to the correct value.
            HTTP::uri  "$uri"

    # Set the value used in the SNI extension record.
    # This is used in the SSL handshake to the destination server.
    # This is how we implement SSL Bridging with a possible URL rewrite in the middle.
    set sni_value [HTTP::host]

    #log local0. "sni_value: $sni_value"

    # SNI extension record as defined in RFC 3546/3.1
    # - TLS Extension Type       =  int16( 0 = SNI ) 
    # - TLS Extension Length     =  int16( $sni_length + 5 byte )
    # - SNI Record Length        =  int16( $sni_length + 3 byte)
    # - SNI Record Type          =   int8( 0 = HOST )
    # - SNI Record Value Length  =  int16( $sni_length )
    # - SNI Record Value         =    str( $sni_value )
    # Calculate the length of the SNI value, Compute the SNI Record / TLS extension fields and add the result to the SERVERSSL_CLIENTHELLO 
    SSL::extensions insert [binary format SSScSa* 0 [expr { [set sni_length [string length $sni_value]] + 5 }] [expr { $sni_length + 3 }] 0 $sni_length $sni_value]

F5 Employee
F5 Employee

Your irule may require a


   SSL::renegotiate enable

Rather than changing the SNI header like that, you could create multiple server-ssl profiles and set the appropriate SNI name in each profile.

In the irule you can select the correct server-ssl profile with the SSL::profile command.

You may still require the SSL::renegotiate if SSL negotiation has already occurred

Simon is right you can review devcentral for such issues as many people before, so I will advice for first to for older questions before writting a post.