After setting up my MQTT Broker in Kubernetes on GKE, I needed to connect my Home Assistant to it, as well as my Xiaomi DaFang/XiaoFang custom-firmware-enabled IP cameras.

This post describes the requisite steps to connect both to the SSL-enabled MQTT broker.

Home Assistant

All I needed to do to SSL-enable my MQTT broker from Home Assistant’s configuration file was to add certificate: auto to the mqtt section. Here’s an example mqtt section:

mqtt:
  broker: mqtt.batcave.com
  username: homeassistant
  password: supermanisaweenie
  port: 8883
  keepalive: 60
  discovery: true
  discovery_prefix: homeassistant
  certificate: auto

And of course, restart HomeAssistant.

Dafang/XiaoFang

In order for the mosquitto_sub process on the camera to connect to the MQTT broker over SSL, it needs a valid certificate authority to confirm the remote certificate against. The following CA cert will validate any LetsEncrypt X3 certificates..

I SSH’d into the camera, and created a local certificate by running:

cat << EOF > /system/sdcard/config/le-cert-chain.pem
-----BEGIN CERTIFICATE-----
MIIFazCCA1OgAwIBAgIRAIIQz7DSQONZRGPgu2OCiwAwDQYJKoZIhvcNAQELBQAw
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-----END CERTIFICATE-----
-----BEGIN CERTIFICATE-----
MIIFjTCCA3WgAwIBAgIRANOxciY0IzLc9AUoUSrsnGowDQYJKoZIhvcNAQELBQAw
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-----END CERTIFICATE-----
-----BEGIN CERTIFICATE-----
MIIEZTCCA02gAwIBAgIQQAF1BIMUpMghjISpDBbN3zANBgkqhkiG9w0BAQsFADA/
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EOF

Then I edited /system/sdcard/config/mqtt.conf, and set MOSQUITTOOPTS as follows:

MOSQUITTOOPTS="--cafile /system/sdcard/config/le-cert-chain.pem"

I rebooted the camera, and voila - MQTT, all nicely encrypted!

Update Jan 2020 : Updated for the new LE R3 Intermediate CA certs. These might be necessary if your cert has been renewed within the last few months.


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