Dynamic forward proxy

Attention

HTTP dynamic forward proxy support should be considered alpha and not production ready.

The following is a complete configuration that configures both the dynamic forward proxy HTTP filter as well as the dynamic forward proxy cluster. Both filter and cluster must be configured together and point to the same DNS cache parameters for Envoy to operate as an HTTP dynamic forward proxy.

This filter supports host rewrite via the virtual host’s per_filter_config or the route’s per_filter_config. This can be used to rewrite the host header with the provided value before DNS lookup, thus allowing to route traffic to the rewritten host when forwarding. See the example below within the configured routes.

Note

Configuring a tls_context on the cluster with trusted_ca certificates instructs Envoy to use TLS when connecting to upstream hosts and verify the certificate chain. Additionally, Envoy will automatically perform SAN verification for the resolved host name as well as specify the host name via SNI.

admin:
  access_log_path: /tmp/admin_access.log
  address:
    socket_address:
      protocol: TCP
      address: 127.0.0.1
      port_value: 9901
static_resources:
  listeners:
  - name: listener_0
    address:
      socket_address:
        protocol: TCP
        address: 0.0.0.0
        port_value: 10000
    filter_chains:
    - filters:
      - name: envoy.filters.network.http_connection_manager
        typed_config:
          "@type": type.googleapis.com/envoy.config.filter.network.http_connection_manager.v2.HttpConnectionManager
          stat_prefix: ingress_http
          route_config:
            name: local_route
            virtual_hosts:
            - name: local_service
              domains: ["*"]
              routes:
              - match:
                  prefix: "/force-host-rewrite"
                route:
                  cluster: dynamic_forward_proxy_cluster
                per_filter_config:
                  envoy.filters.http.dynamic_forward_proxy:
                    host_rewrite: www.example.org
              - match:
                  prefix: "/"
                route:
                  cluster: dynamic_forward_proxy_cluster
          http_filters:
          - name: envoy.filters.http.dynamic_forward_proxy
            typed_config:
              "@type": type.googleapis.com/envoy.config.filter.http.dynamic_forward_proxy.v2alpha.FilterConfig
              dns_cache_config:
                name: dynamic_forward_proxy_cache_config
                dns_lookup_family: V4_ONLY
          - name: envoy.router
  clusters:
  - name: dynamic_forward_proxy_cluster
    connect_timeout: 1s
    lb_policy: CLUSTER_PROVIDED
    cluster_type:
      name: envoy.clusters.dynamic_forward_proxy
      typed_config:
        "@type": type.googleapis.com/envoy.config.cluster.dynamic_forward_proxy.v2alpha.ClusterConfig
        dns_cache_config:
          name: dynamic_forward_proxy_cache_config
          dns_lookup_family: V4_ONLY
    transport_socket:
      name: envoy.transport_sockets.tls
      typed_config:
        "@type": type.googleapis.com/envoy.api.v2.auth.UpstreamTlsContext
        common_tls_context:
          validation_context:
            trusted_ca: {filename: /etc/ssl/certs/ca-certificates.crt}

Statistics

The dynamic forward proxy DNS cache outputs statistics in the dns_cache.<dns_cache_name>.* namespace.

Name

Type

Description

dns_query_attempt

Counter

Number of DNS query attempts.

dns_query_success

Counter

Number of DNS query successes.

dns_query_failure

Counter

Number of DNS query failures.

host_address_changed

Counter

Number of DNS queries that resulted in a host address change.

host_added

Counter

Number of hosts that have been added to the cache.

host_removed

Counter

Number of hosts that have been removed from the cache.

num_hosts

Gauge

Number of hosts that are currently in the cache.