May 18 2011

Most Common OpenSSL Commands

One of the most versatile SSL tools (the default toolkit installed in Linux distributions) is OpenSSL which is an open source implementation of the SSL protocol. OpenSSL is commonly used to create the CSR and private key for many different platforms.

OpenSSL has hundreds of different functions to, for example, view the details of a CSR or certificate, compare an MD5 hash of the certificate and private key (to ensure they match), convert the certificate to a different format and so on.

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May 2 2011

Remove PassPhrase request on Apache Startup (SSL)

After configuring SSL on Apache, Administrators might want to remove the PassPhrase request dialog when the apache2 process starts.
This is a simple procedure to accomplish this task (on Ubuntu).

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May 2 2011

Enable Apache SSL

Quick procedure to enable SSL on Apache WebServer installed on Ubuntu, to deliver contents over a secure connection.

In this procedure, we assume the use of a Self-Signed Certificate.

The problem with using a self-signed certificate for a “real-life” working web server is that any browser connecting to the site will not recognize the certificate authority. This means that the user will be asked to verify the certificate.

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