Creating Your SSL Test Certificate

Wednesday Jul 31st 2002 by Scott Beatty
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Tips for filling in the dialog that surfaces when creating a test SSL certificate.

When you enter the command given above, the following dialog will request information from you. Remember to keep notes as you answer the prompts.

Tips: A possible answer to the request for "Common Name" is the computer name of your server. Also, answer at least one prompt after verifying the PEM pass phrase.

Using configuration from openssl.cnf
Loading 'screen' into random state - done
Generating a 1024 bit RSA private key
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writing new private key to 'privkey.pem'
Enter PEM pass phrase:
Verifying password - Enter PEM pass phrase:
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You are about to be asked to enter information that will be incorporated
into your certificate request.
What you are about to enter is what is called a Distinguished Name or a DN.
There are quite a few fields but you can leave some blank
For some fields there will be a default value,
If you enter '.', the field will be left blank.
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Country Name (2 letter code) []:
State or Province Name (full name) []:
Locality Name (eg, city) []:
Organization Name (eg, company) []:
Organizational Unit Name (eg, section) []:
Common Name (eg, your websites domain name) []:
Email Address []:

Please enter the following 'extra' attributes
to be sent with your certificate request
A challenge password []:

Once you get your site up and running, you can view your certificate with your browser when you log in to your site.

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