Release Notes 3.22.8

These release notes contain information about new features, improvements, known issues, and bug fixes in the NGINX Controller Application Delivery Module.

We encourage you to install the latest version of the NGINX Controller Application Delivery module to take advantage of the newest features and updates.

Technical support is provided for earlier versions that were released within two years of the current release.

See Also:

For related installation documentation, refer to the following publications:


February 22, 2023

Upgrade Paths

  • NGINX Controller App Delivery Module 3.22.8 supports upgrades from 3.20.1 and newer versions.

    We recommend you upgrade the NGINX Controller Agent whenever you upgrade NGINX Controller.

    If you’re upgrading NGINX Controller on a multi-node cluster, run the script on each node individually – the order in which you update the nodes doesn’t matter.

    Never update the control nodes in parallel. Doing so may result in race conditions for certain jobs, such as database migrations, and may cause the cluster to become unavailable.

Supported NGINX Plus Versions

What’s New

  • This release includes stability and performance improvements.

Known Issues

The following issues are known to be present in this release. Look for updates to these issues in future release notes.

  • Restarting Kubernetes after an unsuccessful database switch may render Controller unusable (35914)

    After a failed database switch, restarting Kubernetes before reverting the database config values will break the Controller installation, preventing users from logging in to the system.


    Before switching the database, ensure that the new database contains the schema and data in the original external database (for example, all of the users, tables, etc.)

    If there is any issue after the database switch, do not restart Kubernetes; revert the change back to the original database address using the script with the old database config values.

  • Ignorable warning and error messages during NGINX Controller installation on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 (32804)

    During the installation on RHEL 8, a warning is displayed while checking Kubernetes:

    W0304 00:13:38.871876 1594252 helpers.go:553] --dry-run is deprecated and can be replaced with --dry-run=client.

    And an error similar to the following is displayed when starting NGINX Controller:

    Error: unknown flag: --server-dry-run
    See 'kubectl apply --help' for usage.
    Detected an invalid patch for the analytics database. Resolving conflicts and restarting the analytics database before running the update.
    statefulset.apps/clickhouse patched

    Both of these messages can be safely ignored.

  • Running NGINX njs module 0.4.0 or earlier with NGINX Plus may cause application configuration errors (32568)

    The js_include directive was deprecated in version 0.4.0 of the NGINX njs module and removed in version 0.7.1. You should use the js_import directive instead.

    NGINX ADC Controller 3.22.2 now writes the js_import directive when required. You should confirm that your NGINX Plus installations use njs module 0.4.0 or later, otherwise errors may occur.


    Upgrade the njs module to version 0.4.0 or higher. See the njs module installation instructions for more information.

  • Configuring components with an empty workload group can return the wrong HTTP status code (32373)

    If a component is configured without referencing any gateways and with an empty workload group, the HTTP status code returned will be 500 (Internal Server Error). Instead, it should return status code 400 (Bad Request).

  • Agent binding error occurs when creating BIG-IP Component (33934)

    BIG-IP Component creation fails with the following error:

    Failed testing config before applying: nginx: 
    the configuration file /etc/nginx/nginx.conf syntax is ok 
    nginx: [emerg] bind() to <IP>:20001 failed (99: Cannot assign requested address) 
    nginx: configuration file /etc/nginx/nginx.conf test failed
  • Gateway update fails when a Published API is associated with multiple gateways, and Authentication is enabled in the associated component (34027)

    When a Published API is created with multiple gateways, and Authentication is enabled in the associated component, the update to any associated gateway will fail with an error similar to the following:

    Failed testing config before applying


    Disable Authentication in the component before updating the gateway. Re-enable Authentication after the update.

  • The reuseport option is dropped from IPv6 listen directive in certain configurations (34285)

    NGINX Controller requires listen directives to include the reuseport option to prevent potential port bind issues when changing configurations that modify the listen directive. Even if users add reuseport in a snippet, NGINX Controller may remove it under certain conditions. This happens, for example, when the IPv6 port matches an IPv4 port, and the IPv4 listen directive does not specify a specific IP address.


    To modify the IPv6 listen directive that doesn’t have reuseport set, you should first delete the listen directive and apply the configuration. You can then re-add the directive and make the desired change.