PA firewall traffic to AWS API gateway

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PA firewall traffic to AWS API gateway

L2 Linker

Planning to secure AWS infra using a VM firewall Palo Alto. Main AWS components are API Gateway & Lambda.
Traffic from external network (public) comes to API gateway and to lambda. Is it possible to route incoming traffic via PA firewall to API gateway.


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The way I have solved this in the past is to configured the API Gateway with a private endpoint in the firewall VPC.  Configure the the firewall pool behind a Public ALB to serve as you front end with your desired app cert.  Use a source and destination NAT rule to forward that traffic through the firewalls to the API GW endpoint FQDN.


One nuance, if you intend to decrypt the traffic on the way through use a SSL Forward Proxy decryption profile rather than the more intuitive Inbound Decrypt profile.  The API gateway does not allow you to load a custom cert when using a private endpoint.  By flipping the profile, you can get around the SSL handshake errors.  The ALB will ignore the self signed cert warning.

Thank you @jmeurer 

I was exploring around the method you said, could not get it done. Could you please help with the steps you followed?

Create Private APi

Private endpoint



Finally how was it linked with Palo Alto/Firewall DNAT.

I used this guide.


When the private endpoint is created, it will have a zone redundant FQDN assigned to it.  You use that FDQN as our destination in the NAT rule.


You do also need a source nat on the same rule to ensure the proper return path from the api GW to the firewall.  That would typically be your trust side interface address.

@jmeurer your reply is helping. I tried the following;

1. Create a sample lambda function of pet store -

2. Created VPC endpoint

3. Created private REST API and attached endpoint

4. Created DNAT in PA with destination as VPC endpoint


**PA LAN and VPC endpoint are in same subnet

Now I called the URL http://PAWANIP/petstore/pets


Tried diff URLs, patterns, https nothing worked. Is there anything wrong in the method done. 

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