About four years ago I wrote a series of posts covering installing Jenkins on Ubuntu 12.04 with Tomcat 6 and using Jenkins for PHP Continuous Integration.  A lot of the tools for PHP CI where provided via pear, but things have changed since then.  For starters, phpUnit as of version 4.0 was no longer provided by the channel and should be installed by other means.

So in this new set of posts I plan to cover the following:

  • Installing the needed prerequisites
  • Globally installing Composer
  • Installing the PHP CI tools with Composer
  • Installing Tomcat 8.x
    • Installing Tomcat APR
    • Installing TCNative
  • Installing Jenkins
  • Configuring Apache to act as a SSL handler and proxy for Tomcat 8
    • TLSv1.2 and appropriate ciphers
    • HSTS (HTTP Strict Transport Security)
    • Port 80 redirect with 301 response code to 443
    • OCSP Stapling
    • Proxy Setup in Apache


Installing the Needed Prerequisites

In this section we are going to install several packages via apt-get, from Oracle-Java-8 to PHP 7.1

Installing Oracle Java 8

  1.  Add the Oracle Java PPA to apt-get
    add-apt-repository ppa:webupd8team/java
  2. Update apt-get and install Oracle Java 8
    apt-get update; sudo apt install oracle-java8-installer
  3. Agree to the license agreement.
  4. Edit /etc/environment
    vim /etc/environment
  5. add the following line
  6. Save the file and relaunch the terminal to use the updated environment


Installing PHP 7.1

  1. Add the PPA for PHP 7.1
    add-apt-repository ppa:ondrej/php
  2. Update with “apt-get update”
  3. Install the many PHP 7.1 libraries via apt-get
    • php7.1
    • php7.1-cli
    • php7.1-common
    • php7.1-curl
    • php7.1-dev
    • php7.1-fpm
    • php7.1-iconv
    • php7.1-intl
    • php7.1-json
    • php7.1-ldap
    • php7.1-mbstring
    • php7.1-mcrypt
    • php7.1-mysql
    • php7.1-opcache
    • php7.1-pdo
    • php7.1-pgsql
    • php7.1-xdebug
    • php7.1-xsl
    • php7.1-xml
    • php-pear
    apt-get install php7.1 php7.1-cli php7.1-common php7.1-curl php7.1-dev php7.1-fpm php7.1-iconv php7.1-intl php7.1-json php7.1-ldap php7.1-mbstring php7.1-mcrypt php7.1-mysql php7.1-opcache php7.1-pdo php7.1-pgsql php7.1-xdebug php7.1-xsl php7.1-xml php-pear


Install Subversion 1.9

  1. Add the WanDisco Repository
    sh -c 'echo "deb `lsb_release -cs` svn19" >> /etc/apt/sources.list.d/subversion19.list'
    wget -q -O- | sudo apt-key add -
    apt-get update
  2. Install subversion 1.9
    apt-get install subversion


Install Other Needed Libraries

There are a few more needed packages/libraries we need to install before we can move on

apt-get install graphviz python-software-properties build-essential git ant libxml2-utils libcrypt-openssl-dsa-perl maven libapache2-mod-proxy-html libxml2-dev



Globally Installing Composer

Since PHPUnit is now no longer on, the new method of installing these tools uses Composer.  Which after a little setup, isn’t all the bad to use.

Setting up Composer globally is pretty easy with just a few commands

  1. Download composer
    curl -sS | php
  2. Move composer.phar into place
    mv composer.phar /usr/local/bin/composer
  3. Make sure composer is executable
    chmod +x /usr/local/bin/composer



Installing the PHP CI Tools With Composer

For this section, we will create a centrally accessible location for our PHP CI tools to reside and then use a simple composer.json file for the installation.  I could go with several composer commands instead, but this is far easier.

  1. Create a central location for the tools to be installed to
    mkdir -p /opt/composer/vendor
  2. Create the composer.json file
        "config": {
             "vendor-dir": "/opt/composer/vendor"
        "require-dev": {
             "phpunit/phpunit": "^6.0",
             "doctrine/annotations": "^1.3"
        "require": {
             "phpunit/dbunit": "^3.0",
             "symfony/console": "2.8.9",
             "phing/phing": "^2.16",
             "sebastian/phpcpd": "2.0.4",
             "phploc/phploc": "^3.0",
             "phpmd/phpmd": "^2.6",
             "squizlabs/php_codesniffer": "^2.8",
             "phpdocumentor/reflection-docblock": "~2.0",
             "symfony/config": "~2.8",
             "symfony/filesystem": "~2.8",
             "symfony/finder": "~2.8",
            "phpdocumentor/phpdocumentor": "2.9"

    Alternatively, you can download the file here


  3.  Install the libraries/bundles (In the directory that you made composer.json or where ever you places it).
    composer install
  4. Add the following to the PATH variable line in /etc/environment to update the path for  all of the users
  5. Close and re-open your terminal to have the new environment take effect



Installing Tomcat 8.x

This part will be pretty easy to do as I’m going to use the apt-get version and not the source version.  Apache will be handling our front end SSL and other things, so we just need Tomcat to serve the application.

  1. Install tomcat8
    apt-get install tomcat8


For the next two sections, if you do not want to do an install from source for APR or TC-Native, you can just install the libraries from apt-get, if you are happy with the versions in the repository for your ubuntu version.

apt-get install libapr1 libtcnative-1


Installing Tomcat APR

  1. Download the APR source from the Apache Portable Runtime Project
  2. Move the and extract the tar file to /opt
    mv apr-1.5.2.tar.gz /opt
    cd /opt
    tar xvf apr-1.5.2.tar.gz
  3.  Change to the directory and run the following
    cd apr-1.5.2
    make install

Installing TC Native

  1. Download the source from Apache’s Site or use wget to download it.
  2. Extract the tar file and move into the new directories native directory
    tar xvf tomcat-native-1.2.12-src.tar.gz
    cd tomcat-native-1.2.12/native
  3. Configure TC-Native
     ./configure --with-apr=/usr/local/apr/bin/apr-1-config --with-java-home=/usr/lib/jvm/java-8-oracle --with-ssl=yes --prefix=/usr/share/tomcat8
  4. Make and install
    make install
  5. Create or edit
    Under /usr/share/tomcat8/bin there should be a file called, if there is not, created it with your favorite editor and set its contents to the following

    export LD_LIBRARY_PATH
  6. Restart Tomcat 8 and check or watch with “tail -f”, /var/log/tomcat/catalina.out for the line where APR and TC Native is loaded, to make sure all went as expected.
  7. Open a browser and navigate to http://<your ip or server here>:8080 to see if tomcat is up and running
  8. Edit /etc/tomcat/server.xml with your favorite editor and uncomment the apr line in the file, while setting it’s ssl attribute to false so it looks like
    <Listener className="org.apache.catalina.core.AprLifecycleListener" SSLEngine="off" />
  9. Change the connector for port 8080 to look like the following:
    note: remove the address= part if you want to test the page without apache first as it restricts access to only that address.

    <Connector port="8080" protocol="org.apache.coyote.http11.Http11AprProtocol"
  10. Save server.xml and restart tomcat



Installing Jenkins

The installation of Jenkins is pretty easy and doesn’t have a lot of configuration

  1. Make the home directory for jenkins in /opt/jenkins
    mkdir /opt/jenkins
  2. Add the following home directory environment variable definition to tomcat8 in /etc/init.d/tomcat8
    export JENKINS_HOME
  3. Download the version Jenkins you want (I’m using the LTS version) from the Jenkins-CI site or download it with wget, like so:
  4. Make jenkins.war the root site of tomcat8 (you don’t have to do this, you could just copy it over to webapps, but you will need to append /jenkins to the proxy configuration when you get there)
    mv jenkins.war /var/lib/tomcat8/webapps/ROOT.war
  5. Restart Jenkins
    service tomcat8 restart



Configuring Apache to Act as an SSL Handler and Proxy for Tomcat 8

Since Apache is already installed by installing PHP 7.1, we can move straight on to the configuration and enabling the needed mods.

First, we are going to enable the needed mods: headers, proxy, proxy_connect, proxy_html, proxy_http, rewrite, and ssl.

  1. enable needed mods
    a2enmod headers
    a2enmod rewrite
    a2enmod ssl
    a2enmod proxy
    a2enmod proxy_http
    a2enmod proxy_html
  2. Restart Apache to enable the modsservice apache2 restart


TLSv1.2 and appropriate ciphers

For this particular install we are going to use TLS 1.2 only and a handful of high security ciphers.  For your users to use your site, they will need to be running the following clients or higher:

  • Android 5.0
  • Chrome 30
  • Edge
  • Firefox 27
  • IE 11 on Windows 7
  • Java 8
  • Opera 17
  • Safari 9


The first thing you will need to be able to perform the steps in this section, is to have an SSL cert, either self signed or not.  Once you have that and have placed it (I tend to prefer to put them under /etc/ssl/private), you will need to tell Apache where it is.  After which , we can set what ciphers are allowed and what versions of SSL will be accepted.

  1. Edit /etc/apache2/sites-available/default-ssl.conf
  2. Add the following lines
    SSLEngine on
    SSLCertificateChainFile /etc/ssl/private/<your chain cert>.crt
    SSLCertificateFile /etc/ssl/private/<your cert>.crt
    SSLCertificateKeyFile /etc/ssl/private/<your cert key>.key
    SSLProtocol -all +TLSv1.2
  3. Save and then restart apache2


If these ciphers are too restrictive for your, please check the following resources for some more cipher and TLS options.

Mozilla- Server Side TLS
OWASP – Securing Tomcat (Although this is for Tomcat, the translation to Apache is pretty easy)

HSTS (HTTP Strict Transport Security)

By enabling HSTS, your browser is instructed to always use HTTPS when communicating with your site, and it is quiet easy to turn on.

  1.  Add the following line to your ssl vhost definition for apache, /etc/apache2/sites-available/default-ssl.conf
    Header always set Strict-Transport-Security "max-age=86300; includeSubdomains;"

    In the above line max-age should be around a week or less than a day


Port 80 Redirect with 301 Response Code to 443

Now that we have HSTS setup and SSL, we should default our site to use SSL.  To do so, we will edit the default VHost for port 80 to redirect to the same URL, but with https and a response of 301.

  1. Edit /etc/apache2/sites-available/000-default.conf and make it look like the following
    <VirtualHost *:80>
            ServerAdmin webmaster@localhost
            ErrorLog ${APACHE_LOG_DIR}/error.log
            CustomLog ${APACHE_LOG_DIR}/access.log combined
           <IfModule mod_rewrite.c>
                   RewriteEngine On
                   RewriteCond %{HTTPS} off
                   RewriteRule (.*) https://%{SERVER_NAME}$1 [R=301,L]


OCSP Stapling

OCSP Stapling delivers certificate revocation information during the TLS handshake and can improve performance  of TLS when using HTTPS.  To use this, we simply need to enable it and specify a cache location.

  1.  Specify a cache location by adding the following line to the top of your default-ssl.conf vhost
    SSLStaplingCache shmcb:/tmp/stapling_cache(128000)
  2. Add the following line somewhere in the <VirtualHost _default_:443> block of the same file
    SSLUseStapling on
  3.  Restart Apache2
    service apache2 restart
  4. Check of your cert is using OCSP as you expect
    openssl.exe s_client -connect []:443 -status

    You should see a line in the OCSP Response Data section like “OCSP Response Status: successful (0x0)


Proxy Setup in Apache

Having Apache act as an SSL handler for Tomcat is not too hard to setup and allows us to use the SSL Ciphers we want to use, without having to deal the capabilities of the Java version we have installed.

To set this up we need to add the following lines to our default-ssl.conf in the VirtualHost definition block.

ProxyRequests Off
ProxyPreserveHost On
AllowEncodedSlashes NoDecode

<Proxy *>
    Order deny,allow
    Allow from all

ProxyPass        / http://localhost:8080/ nocanon
ProxyPassReverse / http://localhost:8080/
ProxyPassReverse /

# lets jenkins know SSL is being handled elsewhere
RequestHeader set X-Forwarded-Proto "https"
RequestHeader set X-Forwarded-Port "443"