Sending the deskshare stream over TLS to the server, will allow for added security that will make it harder for someone eavesdrop over the stream sent to the server. Note: This will not work if you setup HTTPS on BigBlueButton as they will conflict with port 443.

    To achieve this, a new SSL termination proxy (Stunnel) needs to be added.


    Architecture Overview

    You can also setup stunnel to terminate an RTMPS connection

    Client Changes

    In the client config.xml file, locate the DeskShareModule module block First change useTLS to be equal to true. Then make the publishURI parameter point to your stunnel server ip. We will go over how to install the stunnel and configure it later in this page.


    Stunnel is an open-source multi-platform computer program, used to provide universal TLS/SSL tunneling service.

    Installing Stunnel

    apt-get update
    apt-get upgrade

    Then install the actual server

    apt-get install stunnel4 -y

    Configuring Stunnel Server

    To enable automatic startup

    nano /etc/default/stunnel4

    And change ENABLED to 1


    Navigate to the stunnel directory

    cd /etc/stunnel/

    Then create the config file

    touch stunnel.conf

    We then edit the file and make it look like this. Don’t worry about the cert for now, we will get to that later.

    ; Log level: info = 6, debug = 7
    debug = 7
    output = stunnel.log
    cert = /etc/stunnel/stunnel.pem

    The first 3 line will enable your logging. accept should point the stunnel server it self and connect should point to your BigBlueButton server. Do not change the ports if you did not change them on your BigBlueButton server.

    Keys and Certs

    If you have your own key and cert, then please use that and you will need to start stunnel then you will be ready, else jump to Starting Stunnel

    Start by creating the private key for your stunnel.

    openssl genrsa -out key.pem 2048

    Then using that cert, we will create a pubic cert

    openssl req -new -x509 -key key.pem -out cert.pem -days 1095

    Then we need to combine the content of these 2 files into one that stunnel will use.

    cat key.pem cert.pem >> /etc/stunnel/stunnel.pem

    You might have a permission issue, in that case just copy the files manually.

    touch stunnel.pem
    cat key.pem cert.pem

    Then past the output in to the file stunnel.pem

    Starting Stunnel

    To start the Stunnel

    /etc/init.d/stunnel4 restart

    Adding the keystore to our machine

    First we convert the cert.pem to a cert.crt

    openssl x509 -outform der -in cert.pem -out bbb-deskshare.crt

    And move the output vert to your personal machine.

    Now we need to add this cert to the JAVA key store on every machine that wants to share deskshare over TLS.

    For a windows machine. Navigate to you keytools

    cd C:\Program Files (x86)\Java\jre1.8.0_45\bin

    Please note that you might be using a different java version.

    And add the cert to your cacerts

    keytool -import -alias "DeskshareCert" -file CERT_LOCATION -keystore ..\lib\security\cacerts

    Replace CERT_LOCATION with the location of the cert on your machine