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The Module Resource


If present, the Module defines system-wide configuration. This module can be applied to any Kubernetes service (the ambassador service itself is a common choice). You may very well not need this Module. To apply the Module to an Ambassador Service, it MUST be named ambassador, otherwise it will be ignored. To create multiple ambassador Modules in the same namespace, they should be put in the annotations of each separate Ambassador Service.

The defaults in the Module are:

apiVersion: getambassador.io/v2
kind: Module
name: ambassador
# Use ambassador_id only if you are using multiple instances of Ambassador Edge Stack in the same cluster.
# See below for more information.
ambassador_id: "<ambassador_id>"
# Use the items below for config fields

There are many config field items that can be configured on the Module, they are listed below with examples and grouped by category.


Envoy access logs
  • envoy_log_path defines the path of log Envoy will use. By default this is standard output.
  • envoy_log_type defines the type of log envoy will use, currently only support json or text.
  • envoy_log_format defines the envoy log line format.

See the Envoy docs for a complete list of operators and the standard log format.

These logs can be formatted using Envoy operators to display specific information about an incoming request. The example below will show only the protocol and duration of a request:

envoy_log_path: /dev/fd/1
envoy_log_type: json
"protocol": "%PROTOCOL%",
"duration": "%DURATION%"
Error response overrides

Defines error response overrides for 4XX and 5XX response codes with error_response_overrides. By default, Ambassador Edge Stack will pass through error responses without modification, and errors generated locally will use Envoy's default response body, if any.

See using error response overrides for usage details.

- on_status_code: 404
text_format: "File not found"
Forward client cert details

Add the X-Forwarded-Client-Cert header on upstream requests, which contains information about the TLS client certificate verified by Ambassador Edge Stack.

See the Envoy documentation on X-Forwarded-Client-Cert and SetCurrentClientCertDetails for more information.

forward_client_cert_details: true
Server name

By default Envoy sets server_name response header to envoy. Override it with this variable.

server_name: envoy
Set current client cert details

Specify how to handle the X-Forwarded-Client-Cert header.

See the Envoy documentation on X-Forwarded-Client-Cert and SetCurrentClientCertDetails for more information.

set_current_client_cert_details: SANITIZE
Suppress Envoy headers

If true, Ambassador Edge Stack will not emit certain additional headers to HTTP requests and responses.

For the exact set of headers covered by this config, see the Envoy documentation

suppress_envoy_headers: true
Time to validate envoy configuration

Defines the timeout, in seconds, for validating a new Envoy configuration. The default is 10; a value of 0 disables Envoy configuration validation. Most installations will not need to use this setting.

envoy_validation_timeout: 30
Content-Length headers

Allows Envoy to process requests/responses with both Content-Length and Transfer-Encoding headers set. By default such messages are rejected, but if option is enabled - Envoy will remove Content-Length header and process message. See the Envoy documentation for more details

allow_chunked_length: true


Ambassador ID

Use only if you are using multiple instances of Ambassador Edge Stack in the same cluster. See this page for more information.

ambassador_id: "<ambassador_id>"

The defaults element is a dictionary of default values that will be applied to various Ambassador Edge Stack resources.

See using defaults for more information.


gRPC HTTP/1.1 bridge

Enable the gRPC-http11 bridge

enable_grpc_http11_bridge: true

Ambassador Edge Stack supports bridging HTTP/1.1 clients to backend gRPC servers. When an HTTP/1.1 connection is opened and the request content type is application/grpc, Ambassador Edge Stack will buffer the response and translate into gRPC requests.

For more details on the translation process, see the Envoy gRPC HTTP/1.1 bridge documentation. This setting can be enabled by setting enable_grpc_http11_bridge: true.


Enable the gRPC-Web protocol?

enable_grpc_web: true

gRPC is a binary HTTP/2-based protocol. While this allows high performance, it is problematic for any programs that cannot speak raw HTTP/2 (such as JavaScript in a browser). gRPC-Web is a JSON and HTTP-based protocol that wraps around the plain gRPC to alleviate this problem and extend benefits of gRPC to the browser, at the cost of performance.

The gRPC-Web specification requires a server-side proxy to translate between gRPC-Web requests and gRPC backend services. Ambassador Edge Stack can serve as the service-side proxy for gRPC-Web when enable_grpc_web: true is set.

Find more on the gRPC Web client GitHub repo.


Enables telemetry of gRPC calls using Envoy's gRPC Statistics Filter.

apiVersion: getambassador.io/v2
kind: Module
name: ambassador
upstream_stats: true
- name: <package>.<service>
method_names: [<method>]

Use the Envoy filter to enable telemetry of gRPC calls.

Supported parameters:

  • all_methods
  • services
  • upstream_stats

Available metrics:

  • envoy_cluster_grpc_<service>_<status_code>
  • envoy_cluster_grpc_<service>_request_message_count
  • envoy_cluster_grpc_<service>_response_message_count
  • envoy_cluster_grpc_<service>_success
  • envoy_cluster_grpc_<service>_total
  • envoy_cluster_grpc_upstream_<stats> - only when upstream_stats: true

Please note that <service> will only be present if all_methods is set or the service and the method are present under services. If all_methods is false or the method is not on the list, the available metrics will be in the format envoy_cluster_grpc_<stats>.

  • all_methods: If set to true, emit stats for all service/method names. If set to false, emit stats for all service/message types to the same stats without including the service/method in the name. This option is only safe if all clients are trusted. If this option is enabled with untrusted clients, the clients could cause unbounded growth in the number of stats in Envoy, using unbounded memory and potentially slowing down stats pipelines.

  • services: If set, specifies an allow list of service/methods that will have individual stats emitted for them. Any call that does not match the allow list will be counted in a stat with no method specifier (generic metric).

  • upstream_stats: If true, the filter will gather a histogram for the request time of the upstream.

Header behavior

Linkerd interoperability

When using Linkerd, requests going to an upstream service need to include the l5d-dst-override header to ensure that Linkerd will route them correctly. Setting add_linkerd_headers does this automatically. See the Mapping documentation for more details.

add_linkerd_headers: false
Header case

Enables upper casing of response headers by proper casing words: the first character and any character following a special character will be capitalized if it’s an alpha character. For example, “content-type” becomes “Content-Type”.

Please see the Envoy documentation

proper_case: false
Max request headers size

Sets the maximum allowed request header size in kilobytes. If not set, the default value from Envoy of 60 KB will be used.

See Envoy documentation for more information.

max_request_headers_kb: None
Overriding header case

Array of header names whose casing should be forced, both when proxied to upstream services and when returned downstream to clients. For every header that matches (case insensitively) to an element in this array, the resulting header name is forced to the provided casing in the array. Cannot be used together with 'proper_case'. This feature provides overrides for Envoy's normal header casing rules.

Enables overriding the case of response headers returned by Ambassador Edge Stack. The header_case_overrides field is an array of header names. When Ambassador Edge Stack handles response headers that match any of these headers, matched case-insensitively, they will be rewritten to use their respective case-sensitive names. For example, the following configuration will force response headers that match X-MY-Header and X-EXPERIMENTAL to use that exact casing, regardless of the original case in the upstream response.

- X-MY-Header

If the upstream service responds with x-my-header: 1, Ambasasdor will return X-MY-Header: 1 to the client. Similarly, if the upstream service responds with X-Experimental: 1, Ambasasdor will return X-EXPERIMENTAL: 1 to the client. Finally, if the upstream service responds with a header for which there is no header case override, Ambassador Edge Stack will return the default, lowercase header.

This configuration is helpful when dealing with clients that are sensitive to specific HTTP header casing. In general, this configuration should be avoided, if possible, in favor of updating clients to work correctly with HTTP headers in a case-insensitive way.

Preserve external request ID

Controls whether to override the X-REQUEST-ID header or keep it as it is coming from incoming request. The default value is false.

preserve_external_request_id: true
Prune unreachable routes

If true, routes with :authority matches will be removed from consideration for Hosts that don't match the :authority header. The default is false.

prune_unreachable_routes: false
Strip matching host port

If true, Ambassador Edge Stack will strip the port from host/authority headers before processing and routing the request. This only applies if the port matches the underlying Envoy listener port.

strip_matching_host_port: true


Envoy's admin port

The port where Ambassador Edge Stack's Envoy will listen for low-level admin requests. You should almost never need to change this.

admin_port: 8001
Lua scripts

Run a custom Lua script on every request. This is useful for simple use cases that mutate requests or responses, for example to add a custom header.

lua_scripts: |
function envoy_on_response(response_handle)
response_handle:headers():add("Lua-Scripts-Enabled", "Processed")

For more details on the Lua API, see the Envoy Lua filter documentation.

Some caveats around the embedded scripts:

  • They run in-process, so any bugs in your Lua script can break every request
  • They're inlined in the Ambassador Edge Stack YAML, so it is recommended to not write complex logic in here
  • They're run on every request/response to every URL

If you need more flexible and configurable options, Ambassador Edge Stack supports a pluggable Filter system.

Merge slashes

If true, Ambassador Edge Stack will merge adjacent slashes for the purpose of route matching and request filtering. For example, a request for //foo///bar will be matched to a Mapping with prefix /foo/bar.

merge_slashes: true
Override default ports

If present, this sets the port Ambassador Edge Stack listens on for microservice access. If not present, Ambassador Edge Stack will use 8443 if TLS is enabled and 8080 if it is not.

service_port: 1138
Regular expressions

These features are deprecated.

If regex_type is unset (the default), or is set to any value other than unsafe, Ambassador Edge Stack will use the RE2 regular expression engine. This engine is designed to support most regular expressions, but keep bounds on execution time. RE2 is the recommended regular expression engine.

If regex_type is set to unsafe, Ambassador Edge Stack will use the modified ECMAScript regular expression engine. Please migrate your regular expressions to be compatible with RE2.

Use Ambassador Edge Stack namespace for service resolution

Controls whether Ambassador Edge Stack will resolve upstream services assuming they are in the same namespace as the element referring to them For example, a Mapping in namespace foo will look for its service in namespace foo. If true, Ambassador Edge Stack will resolve the upstream services assuming they are in the same namespace as Ambassador Edge Stack, unless the service explicitly mentions a different namespace.

use_ambassador_namespace_for_service_resolution: false



Enable or disable the Edge Policy Console and /ambassador/v0/diag/ endpoints.

  • Both Emissary-ingress and Ambassador Edge Stack provide low-level diagnostics at /ambassador/v0/diag/.
  • Ambassador Edge Stack also provides the higher-level Edge Policy Console at /edge_stack/admin/.

By default, both services are enabled.

Setting diagnostics.enabled to false will disable the routes for both services:

enabled: false

With the routes disabled, /ambassador/v0/diag and /edge_stack/admin/ will respond with 404 -- however, the services themselves are still running, and /ambassador/v0/diag/ is reachable from inside the Ambassador Edge Stack Pod at https://localhost:8877. You can use Kubernetes port forwarding to set up remote access to the diagnostics page temporarily:

kubectl port-forward -n ambassador deploy/ambassador 8877

Alternately, you can expose the diagnostics page and Edge Policy Console but control them via Host based routing. Set diagnostics.enabled to false and create Mappings as specified in the FAQ, and if exposing the diagnostics page, use localhost:8877 as the service on the Mapping.

Diagnostics - allow non local

Whether or not to allow connections to the Edge Policy Console and /ambassador/v0/diag/ endpoints from any Pod in the entire cluster.

allow_non_local: true

Configures Ambassador Edge Stack statistics. These values can be set in the Ambassador Edge Stack module or in an environment variable.

For more information, see the Statistics reference.


Allow proxy protocol

Controls whether Envoy will honor the PROXY protocol on incoming requests. Many load balancers can use the PROXY protocol to convey information about the connection they are proxying.

use_proxy_proto: false

The default is false since the PROXY protocol is not compatible with HTTP.

Enable IPv4 and IPv6

Sets whether Ambassador Edge Stack should do IPv4 and/or IPv6 DNS lookups when contacting services. IPv4 defaults to true and IPv6 defaults to false. Either can be overridden in a Mapping.

enable_ipv4: true
enable_ipv6: false

If both IPv4 and IPv6 are enabled, Ambassador Edge Stack will prefer IPv6. This can have strange effects if Ambassador Edge Stack receives AAAA records from a DNS lookup, but the underlying network of the pod doesn't actually support IPv6 traffic. For this reason, the default is IPv4 only.

A Mapping can override both enable_ipv4 and enable_ipv6, but if either is not stated explicitly in a Mapping, the values here are used. Most Ambassador Edge Stack installations will probably be able to avoid overriding these settings in Mappings.

HTTP/1.0 support

Enable or disable the handling of incoming HTTP/1.0 and HTTP 0.9 requests.

enable_http10: true


Cross origin resource sharing (CORS)

Sets the default CORS configuration for all mappings in the cluster. See the CORS syntax.

origins: http://foo.example,http://bar.example
IP allow and deny

Defines HTTP source IP address ranges to allow or deny. Traffic not matching a range set to allow will be denied and vice versa. A list of ranges to allow and a separate list to deny may not both be specified.

Both take a list of IP address ranges with a keyword specifying how to interpret the address, for example:

- peer:
- remote:

The keyword peer specifies that the match should happen using the IP address of the other end of the network connection carrying the request: X-Forwarded-For and the PROXY protocol are both ignored. Here, our example specifies that connections originating from the Ambassador Edge Stack pod itself should always be allowed.

The keyword remote specifies that the match should happen using the IP address of the HTTP client, taking into account X-Forwarded-For and the PROXY protocol if they are allowed (if they are not allowed, or not present, the peer address will be used instead). This permits matches to behave correctly when, for example, Ambassador Edge Stack is behind a layer 7 load balancer. Here, our example specifies that HTTP clients from the IP address range - will be allowed.

You may specify as many ranges for each kind of keyword as desired.

Trust downstream client IP

Sets whether Envoy will trust the remote address of incoming connections or rely exclusively on the X-Forwarded-For header.

use_remote_address: true

In Ambassador Edge Stack 0.50 and later, the default value for use_remote_address is set to true. When set to true, Ambassador Edge Stack will append to the X-Forwarded-For header its IP address so upstream clients of Ambassador Edge Stack can get the full set of IP addresses that have propagated a request. You may also need to set externalTrafficPolicy: Local on your LoadBalancer as well to propagate the original source IP address.

See the Envoy documentation on the X-Forwarded-For header and the Kubernetes documentation on preserving the client source IP for more details.

X_Forwarded_Proto redirect

Ambassador Edge Stack lets through only the HTTP requests with X-FORWARDED-PROTO: https header set, and redirects all the other requests to HTTPS if this field is set to true. Note that use_remote_address must be set to false for this feature to work as expected.

x_forwarded_proto_redirect: false
X-Forwarded-For trusted hops

Controls the how Envoy sets the trusted client IP address of a request. If you have a proxy in front of Ambassador Edge Stack, Envoy will set the trusted client IP to the address of that proxy. To preserve the original client IP address, setting x_num_trusted_hops: 1 will tell Envoy to use the client IP address in X-Forwarded-For.

Please see the Envoy documentation for more information.

xff_num_trusted_hops: 1

The value of xff_num_trusted_hops indicates the number of trusted proxies in front of Ambassador Edge Stack. The default setting is 0 which tells Envoy to use the immediate downstream connection's IP address as the trusted client address. The trusted client address is used to populate the remote_address field used for rate limiting and can affect which IP address Envoy will set as X-Envoy-External-Address.

xff_num_trusted_hops behavior is determined by the value of use_remote_address (which is true true by default).

  • If use_remote_address is false and xff_num_trusted_hops is set to a value N that is greater than zero, the trusted client address is the (N+1)th address from the right end of XFF. (If the XFF contains fewer than N+1 addresses, Envoy falls back to using the immediate downstream connection’s source address as a trusted client address.)

  • If use_remote_address is true and xff_num_trusted_hops is set to a value N that is greater than zero, the trusted client address is the Nth address from the right end of XFF. (If the XFF contains fewer than N addresses, Envoy falls back to using the immediate downstream connection’s source address as a trusted client address.)

Refer to Envoy's documentation for some detailed examples of this interaction.

Rejecting Client Requests With Escaped Slashes

Ambassador Edge Stack can be configured to reject client requests that contain escaped slashes using the following configuration on the Ambassador Module:

reject_requests_with_escaped_slashes: true

When set to true, Ambassador Edge Stack will reject client requests that contain escaped slashes by returning HTTP 400. These requests are defined by containing %2F, %2f, %5C or %5c sequences in their URI path. By default, Ambassador Edge Stack will forward these requests unmodified.

Envoy and Ambassador Edge Stack behavior

Internally, Envoy treats escaped and unescaped slashes distinctly for matching purposes. This means that an Ambassador Edge Stack mapping for path /httpbin/status will not be matched by a request for /httpbin%2fstatus.

On the other hand, when using Ambassador Edge Stack, escaped slashes will be treated like unescaped slashes when applying FilterPolicies. For example, a request to /httpbin%2fstatus/200 will be matched against a FilterPolicy for /httpbin/status/*.

Security Concern Example

With Ambassador Edge Stack, this can become a security concern when combined with bypass_auth in the following scenario:

  • Use a Mapping for path /prefix with bypass_auth set to true. The intention here is to apply no FilterPolicies under this prefix, by default.
  • Use a Mapping for path /prefix/secure/ without setting bypass_auth to true. The intention here is to selectively apply a FilterPolicy to this longer prefix.
  • Have an upstream service that receives both /prefix and /prefix/secure/ traffic (from the Mappings above), but the upstream service treats escaped and unescaped slashes equivalently.

In this scenario, when a client makes a request to /prefix%2fsecure/secret.txt, the underlying Envoy configuration will not match the routing rule for /prefix/secure/, but will instead match the routing rule for /prefix which has bypass_auth set to true. Ambassador Edge Stack FilterPolicies will not be enforced in this case, and the upstream service will receive a request that it treats equivalently to /prefix/secure/secret.txt, potentially leaking information that was assumed protected by an Ambassador Edge Stack FilterPolicy.

One way to avoid this particular scenario is to avoid using bypass_auth and instead use a FilterPolicy that applies no filters when no authorization behavior is desired.

The other way to avoid this scenario is to reject client requests with escaped slashes altogether to eliminate this class of path confusion security concerns. This is recommended when there is no known, legitimate reason to accept client requests that contain escaped slashes. This is especially true if it is not known whether upstream services will treat escaped and unescaped slashes equivalently.

This document is not intended to provide an exhaustive set of scenarios where path confusion can lead to security concerns. As part of good security practice it is recommended to audit end-to-end request flow and the behavior of each component’s escaped path handling to determine the best configuration for your use case.


Envoy treats escaped and unescaped slashes distinctly for matching purposes. Matching is the underlying behavior used by Ambassador Edge Stack Mappings.

Ambassador Edge Stack treats escaped and unescaped slashes equivalently when selecting FilterPolicies. FilterPolicies are applied by Ambassador Edge Stack after Envoy has performed route matching.

Finally, whether upstream services treat escaped and unescaped slashes equivalently is entirely dependent on the upstream service, and therefore dependent on your use case. Configuration intended to implement security policies will require audit with respect to escaped slashes. By setting reject_requests_with_escaped_slashes, this class of security concern can largely be eliminated.

Service health / timeouts


Sets the global keepalive settings. Ambassador Edge Stack will use for all Mappings unless overridden on a Mapping's configuration. No default value is provided by Ambassador Edge Stack.

More information at the Envoy keepalive documentation.

time: 2
interval: 2
probes: 100
Upstream idle timeout

Set the default upstream-connection idle timeout. Default is 1 hour.

cluster_idle_timeout_ms: 3600000

If set, this specifies the timeout (in milliseconds) after which an idle connection upstream is closed. If disabled by setting it to 0, you risk upstream connections never getting closed due to idling if you do not set idle_timeout_ms on each Mapping.

Upstream max lifetime

Set the default maximum upstream-connection lifetime. Default is 0 which means unlimited.

cluster_max_connection_lifetime_ms: 10000

If set, this specifies the maximum amount of time (in milliseconds) after which an upstream connection is drained and closed, regardless of whether it is idle or not. Connection recreation incurs additional overhead when processing requests. The overhead tends to be nominal for plaintext (HTTP) connections within the same cluster, but may be more significant for secure HTTPS connections or upstreams with high latency. For this reason, it is generally recommended to set this value to at least 10000 ms to minimize the amortized cost of connection recreation while providing a reasonable bound for connection lifetime.

If not set (or set to zero), then upstream connections may remain open for arbitrarily long. This can be set on a per-Mapping basis by setting cluster_max_connection_lifetime_ms on the Mapping.

Request timeout

Set the default end-to-end timeout for requests. Default is 3000 ms.

cluster_request_timeout_ms: 3000

If set, this specifies the default end-to-end timeout for the requests. This can be set on a per-Mapping basis by setting timeout_ms on the Mapping.

Retry policy

This lets you add resilience to your services in case of request failures by performing automatic retries.

retry_on: "5xx"
Listener idle timeout

Controls how Envoy configures the tcp idle timeout on the http listener. Default is 1 hour.

listener_idle_timeout_ms: 3600000

Controls how Envoy configures the TCP idle timeout on the HTTP listener. Default is no timeout (TCP connection may remain idle indefinitely). This is useful if you have proxies and/or firewalls in front of Ambassador Edge Stack and need to control how Ambassador Edge Stack initiates closing an idle TCP connection.

Please see the Envoy documentation on HTTP protocol options for more information.

Readiness and liveness probes

The default liveness and readiness probes map /ambassador/v0/check_alive and ambassador/v0/check_ready internally to check Envoy itself.

enabled: true
enabled: true

You can change these to route requests to some other service. For example, to have the readiness probe map to the quote application's health check:

enabled: true
service: quote
rewrite: /backend/health

The liveness and readiness probes both support prefix, rewrite, and Module, with the same meanings as for Mappings. Additionally, the enabled boolean may be set to false to disable API support for the probe. It will, however, remain accessible on port 8877.

Traffic management

Circuit breaking

Sets the global circuit breaking configuration that Ambassador Edge Stack will use for all Mappings, unless overridden in a Mapping.

More information at the circuit breaking reference.

max_connections: 2048
Default label domain and labels

Set a default domain and request labels to every request for use by rate limiting.

For more on how to use these, see the Rate Limit reference.

Load balancer

Sets the global load balancing type and policy that Ambassador Edge Stack will use for all mappings unless overridden in a mapping. Defaults to round robin with Kubernetes.

More information at the load balancer reference.

policy: round_robin