Setup TLS Connection

If you want to use secure channel to connect OpenFlow switches, you need to use TLS connection. This document describes how to setup Ryu to connect to the Open vSwitch over TLS.

Configuring a Public Key Infrastructure

If you don't have a PKI, the ovs-pki script included with Open vSwitch can help you. This section is based on the INSTALL.SSL in the Open vSwitch source code.

NOTE: How to install Open vSwitch isn't described in this document. Please refer to the Open vSwitch documents.

Create a PKI by using ovs-pki script:

% ovs-pki init
(Default directory is /usr/local/var/lib/openvswitch/pki)

The pki directory consists of controllerca and switchca subdirectories. Each directory contains CA files.

Create a controller private key and certificate:

% ovs-pki req+sign ctl controller

ctl-privkey.pem and ctl-cert.pem are generated in the current directory.

Create a switch private key and certificate:

% ovs-pki req+sign sc switch

sc-privkey.pem and sc-cert.pem are generated in the current directory.

Testing TLS Connection

Configuring ovs-vswitchd to use CA files using the ovs-vsctl "set-ssl" command, e.g.:

% ovs-vsctl set-ssl /etc/openvswitch/sc-privkey.pem \
  /etc/openvswitch/sc-cert.pem \
% ovs-vsctl add-br br0
% ovs-vsctl set-controller br0 ssl:

Substitute the correct file names, if they differ from the ones used above. You should use absolute file names.

Run Ryu with CA files:

% ryu-manager --ctl-privkey ctl-privkey.pem \
              --ctl-cert ctl-cert.pem \
              --ca-certs /usr/local/var/lib/openvswitch/pki/switchca/cacert.pem \

You can see something like:

loading app ryu.controller.ofp_handler
instantiating app ryu.controller.ofp_handler
BRICK ofp_event
  CONSUMES EventOFPSwitchFeatures
  CONSUMES EventOFPEchoRequest
connected socket:<SSLSocket fileno=4 sock= peer=> a
ddress:('', 61302)
hello ev <ryu.controller.ofp_event.EventOFPHello object at 0x1047806d0>
move onto config mode
switch features ev version: 0x1 msg_type 0x6 xid 0xb0bb34e5 port OFPPhyPort(port
_no=65534, hw_addr='\x16\xdc\xa2\xe2}K', name='br0\x00\x00\x00\x00\x00\x00\x00\x
00\x00\x00\x00\x00\x00', config=0, state=0, curr=0, advertised=0, supported=0, p
move onto main mode