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A+ TLS config for ubuntu + nginx

These are my config notes for getting a brand new Xenial + nginx server online.

Install Tor:

sudo apt install tor apt-transport-tor
sudo gpg --keyserver --recv 886DDD89

sudo gpg --export A3C4F0F979CAA22CDBA8F512EE8CBC9E886DDD89 | sudo apt-key add -

Edit the sources list by removing all the lines and adding these:

sudo vim /etc/apt/sources.list
deb tor+ xenial main
deb tor+ xenial main restricted universe multiverse
deb tor+ xenial-updates main restricted universe multiverse
deb tor+ xenial-security main restricted universe multiverse

Update the repos:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:nginx/development
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ondrej/nginx
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ondrej/php
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:certbot/certbot

Add “tor+” to all of the above sources files in /etc/apt/sources.list.d/*

Update and restart:

sudo apt update && sudo apt upgrade -V && sudo apt autoremove -y && sudo shutdown -r now

Install nginx + certbot:

sudo apt install python-certbot-nginx -V

Add server_name to (replacing “_”):

sudo vim /etc/nginx/sites-available/default

Get Let’s Encrypt cert for nginx:

sudo certbot --nginx -d --redirect --rsa-key-size 4096

Further harden the TLS config:

sudo vim /etc/letsencrypt/options-ssl-nginx.conf
ssl_ecdh_curve secp384r1;
ssl_session_cache shared:SSL:10m;
ssl_session_timeout 10m;
ssl_session_tickets off;
ssl_stapling on;
ssl_stapling_verify on;
ssl_protocols TLSv1.2 TLSv1.3;
ssl_prefer_server_ciphers on;

Delete the “SSL” config:

sudo vim /etc/nginx/nginx.conf

Edit the nginx config:

sudo vim /etc/nginx/sites-available/default

replace “”

server {
        listen 80 default_server;
        listen [::]:80 default_server;

        return 301 https://$host$request_uri;

        server_tokens off;
        add_header X-Frame-Options SAMEORIGIN;
        add_header X-Content-Type-Options nosniff;
        add_header X-XSS-Protection "1; mode=block";
        add_header Referrer-Policy "no-referrer";

server {
        listen 443 ssl http2;
        listen [::]:443 ssl http2;

        root /var/www;
        index index.php index.html index.htm;

        ssl_certificate /etc/letsencrypt/live/;
        ssl_certificate_key /etc/letsencrypt/live/;
        include /etc/letsencrypt/options-ssl-nginx.conf;
        ssl_dhparam /etc/letsencrypt/ssl-dhparams.pem;

        server_tokens off;
        add_header Strict-Transport-Security 'max-age=31536000; includeSubDomains; preload';
        add_header X-Frame-Options SAMEORIGIN;
        add_header X-Content-Type-Options nosniff;
        add_header X-XSS-Protection "1; mode=block";
        add_header Referrer-Policy "no-referrer";

        resolver valid=300s;

# For WordPress

        location / {
        try_files $uri $uri/ /index.php?$args;

        location ~ .php$ {
                include snippets/fastcgi-php.conf;
                fastcgi_pass unix:/var/run/php/php7.2-fpm.sock;
                fastcgi_param SCRIPT_FILENAME $document_root$fastcgi_script_name;
                include fastcgi_params;

Validate the nginx config:

sudo nginx -t

Restart nginx:

sudo service nginx restart

Add inbound and outbound firewall rules:

sudo ufw limit 22/tcp && sudo ufw allow 443/tcp && sudo ufw allow out 22/tcp && sudo ufw allow out 25/tcp && sudo ufw allow out 53/udp && sudo ufw allow out 443/tcp && sudo ufw allow out 9050/tcp && sudo ufw deny out to any && sudo ufw enable && sudo ufw status verbose

Updating Caddy to PHP 7.2

This was wonderfully easy.

sudo apt update && sudo apt dist-upgrade -y && sudo apt autoremove -y && sudo apt autoclean
sudo apt install php7.2-cli php7.2-common php7.2-fpm php7.2-json php7.2-mysql php7.2-opcache php7.2-readline

Update Caddyfile:

sudo vim /etc/caddy/Caddyfile {
        } {
        root /var/www/yawnbox/
        log stdout
        errors stderr

header / {
        Content-Security-Policy "default-src 'self'; script-src 'self' 'unsafe-inline'; style-src 'self' 'unsafe-inline';"
        Expect-CT "enforce; max-age=7073887;"
        Referrer-Policy "strict-origin, strict-origin-when-cross-origin"
        Strict-Transport-Security "max-age=15768000; includeSubDomains; preload"
        X-XSS-Protection "1; mode=block"
        X-Content-Type-Options "nosniff"
        X-Frame-Options "DENY"

fastcgi / /var/run/php/php7.2-fpm.sock {
        ext .php
        split .php
        index index.php

rewrite / {
        to {path} {path}/ /index.php?{query}

tls {
        protocols tls1.2
        curves p384
        key_type p384
sudo service caddy restart
sudo apt remove php-mysql php7.1-cli php7.1-common php7.1-fpm php7.1-json php7.1-mysql php7.1-opcache php7.1-readline