User:Hef/Howto Create a CSR

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create the csr

   openssl req -out STAR.pumpingstationone.org.csr -new -newkey rsa:2048 -nodes -keyout STAR.pumpingstationone.org.key

Your session will look like this.

Generating a 2048 bit RSA private key
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writing new private key to 'pumpingstationone.org.key'
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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) [US]:
State or Province Name (full name) [Illinois]:
Locality Name (eg, city) [Chicago]:
Organization Name (eg, company) [Pumping Station One]:
Organizational Unit Name (eg, section) []:
Common Name (e.g. server FQDN or YOUR name) []:*.pumpingstationone.org
Email Address [systems@lists.pumpingstationone.org]:

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


Notice that on bob.ad.pumpingstationone.org, /etc/ssl/openssl.cnf has been configured with sane defaults for a lot of fields.

Do Not

  • Do not put a colon anywhere in any field. Openssl will let you. Your SSL vendor will let you and charge you. Then you will be sad.
    • notice that Pumping Station: One normally has a colon. (but don't put it)