May 20 2011

CACert.org, OpenSSL & SSL Certificates.

SSL works by way of certificates. A CA (Certificate Authority) has a private key which they can then use to sign other certificates.

If a self-signed certificate from the CA is made available to somebody who wishes to check any given certificate, that client can use the self-signed certificate to validate the signature on any other certificate signed by the CA.

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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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