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I was trying to do some work with a web site and certificates and found this site.  Now, if you’re like me, I don’t do this sort of thing often enough to remember all the commands, so this website is a true blessing.  Another thing I picked up from another web site a while back (sorry, don’t remember the site) is a script to create a certificate request.  Which is really quite handy if you don’t do it all the time.  So for the benefit of all, here’s the script, I would gladly give credit where credit is due if I could remember the site.  Oh, and by the way, this is for a linux based system…

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#!/bin/sh
SERVER=my.server.com
PRIVATE_KEY=$SERVER.key
CERTIFICATE_FILE=$SERVER.crt
SIGNING_REQUEST=$SERVER.csr
VALID_DAYS=712
echo Delete old private key
rm $PRIVATE_KEY
echo Create new private/public-keys without passphrase for server
openssl genrsa -out $PRIVATE_KEY 1024
echo Create file for signing request
rm $SIGNING_REQUEST
openssl req -new -days $VALID_DAYS -key $PRIVATE_KEY -out $SIGNING_REQUEST
echo Filename for signing request is: $SIGNING_REQUEST
echo Filename for private key is: $PRIVATE_KEY
echo Filename for certificate file is: $CERTIFICATE_FILE
echo Submit this signing request to
echo https://where.ever.com/ssl_cert/request/
echo ...
cat $SIGNING_REQUEST

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I hope someone can find this as useful as I did.

–sg

By Mark

I work in IT and ride Motorcycles. I do one to support the other.