How-to Generate a Certificate Signing Request (CSR) on Linux Mint 16 Petra Easy Guide

May 20th, 2014 by thelinuxevangelist

Generate SSL CSR on Linux Mint 16 Petra




The Tutorial Shows You Step-by-Step How-to Generate a SSL Certificate Signing Request on Linux Mint 16 Petra Desktop.

Whether you are getting a Certificate from a CA or Generating your own self-signed certificate, the First Step is to generate a Key.

If the certificate will be used by service daemons, such as Apache, Postfix, Dovecot, etc, a Key Without a Passphrase is often Appropriate.

Not having a passphrase Allows the Services to Start Without Manual Intervention, usually the preferred way to start a daemon.

How-to Generate SSL CSR on Linux Mint 16 Petra - Featured
  1. Open a Terminal Window
    (Press “Enter” to Execute Commands)

    Generate SSL CSR on Linux Mint 16 Petra - Open Terminal
  2. Generate an OpenSSL Secure Key for CSR

    openssl genrsa -des3 -out server.key 2048

    Enter a Passphrase (for Best Security it should at least Contain Eight Characters.)

  3. Generate an OpenSSL Insecure Key for CSR

    openssl rsa -in server.key -out server.key.insecure

    You use as Input the Secure to get as Output the Insecure one…

  4. Shuffle the Key Names

    mv server.key server.key.secure
    mv server.key.insecure server.key
  5. Create the CSR

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

    You will be Prompted to Enter the Secure Key Passphrase.

    Then Enter the Needed Data: Company Name, Site Name, Email Id…

  6. How-to Generate Your Own CA Signed Certificate

    Generate SSL Signed Certificate for FREE
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