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

May 20, 2014 | By the+gnu+linux+evangelist.

Generate SSL CSR on Linux Mint 16 Petra

You are Welcome! 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.

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  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 (Leave Empty if Used on a Web Server.).

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

    openssl req -new -sha256 -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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