Configure REST API Applications and Web Administration Server certificate

About this task

StarlingX provides support for secure HTTPS external connections used for StarlingX REST API application endpoints (Keystone, Barbican and StarlingX) and the StarlingX web administration server. By default, HTTPS access to StarlingX REST and Web Server endpoints is disabled. They are accessible via HTTP only. To enable secure HTTPS access, an x509 certificate and key must be configured.

You can update the certificate used for HTTPS access at any time.

To configure or update the HTTPS certificate for the StarlingX REST API and Web Server endpoints, create a certificate named system-restapi-gui-certificate in the deployment namespace. The secretName attribute of this certificate’s spec must also be named system-restapi-gui-certificate.

See the example procedure below for creating the certificate for the StarlingX REST API and Web Server endpoints. This example assumes you have configured a system-local-ca ClusterIssuer as described in Create a local CA Issuer.

Update the following fields:

  • The duration and renewBefore dates for the expiry and renewal times you desire. The system will automatically renew and re-install the certificate.

  • The subject fields to identify your particular system.

  • The ipAddresses with the OAM Floating IP Address for this system.

  • The dnsNames with any FQDN names configured for this system in an external DNS server.


If you plan to use the container-based remote CLIs, due to a limitation in the Python2 SSL certificate validation, the certificate used for the ‘system-restapi-gui-certificate’ certificate must either have:



  1. CN=FQDN and SANs=FQDN

where IPADDRESS and FQDN are for the OAM Floating IP Address.


  1. Create the REST API certificate yaml configuration file.

    ~(keystone_admin)]$ cat <<EOF > restapi-certificate.yaml
    kind: Certificate
      name: system-restapi-gui-certificate
      namespace: deployment
      secretName: system-restapi-gui-certificate
        name: system-local-ca
        kind: ClusterIssuer
      duration: 2160h    # 90 days
      renewBefore: 360h  # 15 days
      commonName:  < oam floating IP Address or FQDN >
          - StarlingX-system-restapi-gui
        -  < oam floating IP address >
        - < oam floating FQDN >
  2. Apply the configuration.

    ~(keystone_admin)]$ kubectl apply -f restapi-certificate.yaml
  3. Verify the configuration.

    ~(keystone_admin)]$ kubectl get certificate system-restapi-gui-certificate –n deployment

    If configuration was successful, the certificate’s Ready status will be True.


The REST and Web Server certificate installation is now complete, and Cert-Manager will handle the lifecycle management of the certificate.