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Description of Example Terraform Code

The Terraform code should be pretty self-explanatory. Only parts performing the deployment and autoscaling of Wallarm WAF nodes are provided below.

Configuration of Wallarm WAF Node Deployment

Deployment settings are performed in the wallarm_launch_config object of the file. In the current example the code performs the following operations on a freshly started WAF node:

  1. Create local file /etc/nginx/conf.d/wallarm-acl.conf with configuration of IP blocking.

  2. Create local files /etc/nginx/key.pem and /etc/nginx/cert.pem holding a self-signed SSL certificate and its private key. In production use, the files should be replaced with real SSL certificate and private key data.

  3. Create local file /etc/nginx/sites-available/default with the configuration of web resources to be protected. In this example the system will define for the following properties:

  • HTTP and HTTPS server configuration blocks as the default proxy servers for all incoming requests,
  • a health check endpoint defined as /healthcheck and it always returns an HTTP status code 200,
  • proxy all incoming HTTP and HTTPS requests to the DNS name of the Wordpress ELB instance as defined in Terraform variable ${aws_elb.wp_elb.dns_name}.
  1. Run a set of commands to configure the WAF node (described in the runcmd block):
  • add the new node to the Wallarm cloud,
  • add two lines to local file /etc/wallarm/node.yaml and modify file /etc/cron.d/wallarm-node-nginx as required for IP blocking functionality,
  • test the configuration and start a local NGINX instance.

Configuration of Wallarm WAF Node Autoscaling

Autoscaling settings are performed in the following object of the file:

resource "aws_autoscaling_group" "wallarm_waf_asg" {
  lifecycle { create_before_destroy = true }

  name                 = "tf-wallarm-demo-waf-asg-${}"
  launch_configuration = "${}"
  min_size             = "2"
  max_size             = "5"
  min_elb_capacity     = "2"
  availability_zones   = [var.az_a]
  vpc_zone_identifier  = ["${}"]
  target_group_arns = [ "${aws_lb_target_group.wallarm_asg_target_http.arn}", "${aws_lb_target_group.wallarm_asg_target_https.arn}"

  enabled_metrics = [
  metrics_granularity = "1Minute"

  tag {
      key                 = "Name"
      value               = "tf-wallarm-demo-waf-node"
      propagate_at_launch = true
  • Enabled CloudWatch metrics (enabled_metrics statement) are required for automatic scaling of the ASG size depending on CPU load. You can omit this part if you plan to use a fixed amount of WAF nodes in the ASG.

  • Autoscaling policies wallarm_policy_up and wallarm_policy_down (and associated CloudWatch metric alarms) are defining CPU usage thresholds and periods which will trigger ASG up or down scaling activities.

  • Configuration statement lifecycle { create_before_destroy = true } defines that should there be a need to introduce a change in the WAF cluster's configuration Terraform will first create a new set of Launch Configuration and ASG objects, verify that new WAF nodes have been recognized by the associated load balancer as healthy (statement min_elb_capacity), and only after that remove old Launch Configuration and ASG resources. The approach guarantees that new WAF configuration changes can be rollout out with no interruption to the traffic flow.