This weekend, I came across with an awkward error that I was not able to access https urls or ssl/tls based services while I was able to access non-tls based services over tcp without any problem inside a container.

First, I taught it was a TLS communication error and start digging around container image base, configurations, ca certificates and etc… But nothing worked. I was right it was a TLS communication error but not at the process level. Before I got into this error, I set up Wireguard Vpn which I added recently into my setup. So I stop working around wiring new container files and changed my way to other part of the setup.


The setup that my docker daemon was running on a host which was configured with Wireguard VPN. So I started troubleshooting on the network stack and boom…

~# ip link
X: wg0: <POINTOPOINT,NOARP,UP,LOWER_UP> mtu 1420 qdisc noqueue state UNKNOWN mode DEFAULT group default qlen 1000
X: docker0: <NO-CARRIER,BROADCAST,MULTICAST,UP> mtu 1500 qdisc noqueue state DOWN mode DEFAULT group default
    link/ether XX:XX:XX:XX:XX:XX brd ff:ff:ff:ff:ff:ff

The problem was because of different MTU sizes on the docker and wg* interfaces.

The Docker Daemon does not check the MTU size of the any available network interfaces. Therefore, the value of the Docker MTU was set to 1500. When I change MTU size of docker0 interface to 1420 that matches the wireguard default MTU size, everything started working again.

Wireguard Docker Repository

It is also mentioned under others section on the repository.

For some clients (a GL.inet router in my case) you may have trouble with HTTPS (SSL/TLS) due to the MTU on the VPN. Ping and HTTP work fine but HTTPS does not for some sites.

This can be fixed with MSS Clamping. This is simply a checkbox in the OpenWRT Firewall settings interface.

You can find more information on wireguard-docker repository.

Docker Daemon Configuration

  "mtu": 1420

Restart the docker daemon and we are all set. If the output of MTU size doesn’t update suddenly, make sure you have run a container after the configuration.