Jul 242008

Generate the keys for the Certificate Authority (the key that will do the signing)

$ openssl genrsa -des3 -out ca.key 4096
$ openssl req -new -x509 -days 3650 -key ca.key -out ca.crt

Generate the private key for your server


$ openssl genrsa -des3 -out server.key 4096

Create a CSR (certificate signing request) to get signed by the CA


$ openssl req -new -key server.key -out server.csr

Sign your csr with the key you made in the first step


$ openssl x509 -req -days 3650 -in server.csr -CA ca.crt -CAkey ca.key -set_serial 01 -out server.crt

Optionally remove the password from your key (if you do this protect your key!!!)


$ openssl rsa -in server.key -out server.key.nopass

Add these lines to your Apache config


SSLEngine on
SSLCertificateFile    /www/ssl.crt/server.crt
SSLCertificateKeyFile /www/ssl.key/server.key

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