- Getting Started
- Support for K8s Installers
- Deploying on Kind
- Deploying on Minikube
- Installing with Helm
- Antrea Network Policy
- Traffic Encryption (Ipsec / WireGuard)
- Securing Control Plane
- Security considerations
- OS-specific Known Issues
- OVS Pipeline
- Feature Gates
- Antrea Proxy
- Network Flow Visibility
- Traceflow Guide
- NoEncap and Hybrid Traffic Modes
- Egress Guide
- NodePortLocal Guide
- Antrea IPAM Guide
- Exposing Services of type LoadBalancer
- Antrea API Groups
- Antrea API Reference
Traffic Encryption with Antrea
Antrea supports encrypting traffic across Linux Nodes with IPsec ESP or WireGuard. Traffic encryption is not supported on Windows Nodes yet.
IPsec encyption works for all tunnel types supported by OVS including Geneve, GRE, VXLAN, and STT tunnel.
Note that GRE is not supported for IPv6 clusters (IPv6-only or dual-stack clusters). For such clusters, please choose a different tunnel type such as Geneve or VXLAN.
IPsec requires a set of Linux kernel modules. Check the required kernel modules listed in the strongSwan documentation. Make sure the required kernel modules are loaded on the Kubernetes Nodes before deploying Antrea with IPsec encyption enabled.
If you want to enable IPsec with Geneve, please make sure
is included in the kernel. For Ubuntu 18.04, kernel version should be at least
4.15.0-128. For Ubuntu 20.04, kernel version should be at least
You can simply apply the
Antrea IPsec deployment yaml
to deploy Antrea with IPsec encyption enabled. To deploy a released version of
Antrea, pick a version from the
list of releases.
Note that IPsec support was added in release 0.3.0, which means you can not
pick a release older than 0.3.0. For any given release
get the Antrea IPsec deployment yaml at:
To deploy the latest version of Antrea (built from the main branch), get the IPsec deployment yaml at:
Antrea leverages strongSwan as the IKE daemon, and supports using pre-shared key
(PSK) for IKE authentication. The deployment yaml creates a Kubernetes Secret
antrea-ipsec to store the PSK string. For security consideration, we recommend
to change the default PSK string in the yaml file. You can edit the yaml file,
and update the
psk field in the
antrea-ipsec Secret spec to any string you
want to use. Check the
antrea-ipsec Secret spec below:
--- apiVersion: v1 kind: Secret metadata: name: antrea-ipsec namespace: kube-system stringData: psk: changeme type: Opaque
After updating the PSK value, deploy Antrea with:
kubectl apply -f antrea-ipsec.yml
By default, the deployment yaml uses GRE as the tunnel type, which you can change by editing the file. You will need to change the tunnel type to another one if your cluster supports IPv6.
Antrea can leverage
WireGuard to encrypt Pod traffic
between Nodes. WireGuard encryption works like another tunnel type, and when it
is enabled the
tunnelType parameter in the
antrea-agent configuration file
will be ignored.
WireGuard encryption requires
wireguard kernel module be present on the
wireguard module is part of mainline kernel since Linux 5.6.
Or, you can compile the module from source code with a kernel version >= 3.10.
This WireGuard web page documents how to
install WireGuard together with the kernel module on various operating systems.
First, download the
Antrea deployment yaml. To deploy
a released version of Antrea, pick a version from the
list of releases.
Note that WireGuard support was added in release 1.3.0, which means you can not
pick a release older than 1.3.0. For any given release
get the Antrea deployment yaml at:
To deploy the latest version of Antrea (built from the main branch), get the deployment yaml at:
To enable WireGuard encryption, the
trafficEncryptionMode config parameter of
trafficEncryptionMode config parameter is
antrea ConfigMap in the Antrea deployment
antrea-agent.conf: | ... ... trafficEncryptionMode: wireGuard ... ...
After saving the yaml file change, deploy Antrea with:
kubectl apply -f antrea.yml