GC HTTPS Appliances

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Load Balancing and Reverse Proxies

Load balancers and reverse proxy servers are often implemented with TLS offloading or termination capabilities, and should be included in scope of HTTPS activities. All endpoints should be adequately configured to meet ITPIN requirements.

For device specific configuration guidelines, refer to your device manual.

F5 BIG-IP Specific Support

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New: Teams managing F5s across the GC are recommended to review the SSC EDC ADC team F5 implementation guidance relevant to ITPIN 2018-01, available here:.

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Using SSL ciphers with BIG-IP Client SSL and Server SSL profiles
For information about using SSL ciphers with BIG-IP Client SSL (TLS) and Server SSL (TLS) profiles, refer to the articles in tables in the following article:

Enforce TLS 1.2 HTTPS communications with F5 BIG-IP SSL profiles
To enforce TLS 1.2 with F5 BIG-IP, use 'TLSv1_2' in the Ciphers field of the client SSL profile to limit all client side communications to protocols that use TLSv1.2. Refer to the following for the detailed step-by-step instructions:

  • https://support.f5.com/csp/article/K17370 (scroll down to section “Configuring the SSL profile to use a specific protocol“)
  • https://support.f5.com/kb/en-us/products/big-ip_ltm/manuals/product/bigip-system-ssl-administration-12-1-1/4.html (scroll down to section “Assigning SSL profiles to a virtual server”)