Kong plugin install

The Kong plugin is a feature of the NGINX module, which allows it to function as a Kong plugin. Accordingly, the process for installing the Kong plugin involves installing the Next-Gen WAF agent and NGINX module, and modifying the NGINX module configuration to enable it for use with Kong.


  1. Install the Next-Gen WAF agent for your environment.

  2. Edit the agent configuration file located at /etc/sigsci/agent.conf to add the following lines. Replace <AGENT-LISTENER-IP> with the host IP address (usually and <AGENT-LISTENER-PORT> with the TCP port on which the agent will listen for connections from the module. There is no default, but we suggest port 737 to minimize the chance of conflicts with other services:

  3. Download and extract the latest Next-Gen WAF NGINX module.

    $ curl -O https://dl.signalsciences.net/sigsci-module-nginx/sigsci-module-nginx_latest.tar.gz
    $ sudo mkdir -p /opt/sigsci/nginx
    $ sudo tar -xf sigsci-module-nginx_latest.tar.gz -C /opt/sigsci/nginx
  4. If you are on Kong 3.0.x, override the handler.lua and schema.lua files in /opt/sigsci/nginx/sigsci-module-nginx/kong/plugins/signalsciences with the handler.lua and schema.lua files in /opt/sigsci/sigsci-module-nginx/nginx/kong/plugins/signalsciences-3.0.x.

  5. Edit the following lines in /opt/sigsci/nginx/sigsci-module-nginx/kong/plugins/signalsciences/handler.lua to reflect the host IP address and the port used for communication with the agent. Replace "localhost" and 12345 with the host IP address and port:

    sigsci.agenthost = "localhost"
    sigsci.agentport = 12345
  6. In the Kong configuration file at /etc/kong/kong.conf, add the following lines:

  7. Enable the Kong plugin by running the following command. Replace <KONG-GATEWAY-IP:PORT> with the Kong IP address and port (for example,

    $ curl -i -X POST --url http://<KONG-GATEWAY-IP:PORT>/plugins/ --data 'name=signalsciences'
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