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.
Open a Terminal Window
(Press “Enter” to Execute Commands)
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.)
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…
Shuffle the Key Names
mv server.key server.key.secure
mv server.key.insecure server.key
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…
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