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Last Modified: 2017-08-16 14:13:01.0

How is an ECC Certificate Signing Request (CSR) generated for Apache HTTP Server using OpenSSL?

Article Number: 46538

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  • OpenSSL version 0.9.8n (Recommend version 1.0.2)
  • Apache HTTP Server 2.5
Here is the Solution:
The process below will guide you through the steps of creating a Private Key and CSR
Launch the OS Terminal or Command Prompt:

Part 1 of 2: Creating an ECC private key

Type the following command:
Openssl ecparam –out <your keyname> –name prime256v1 –genkey
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 PLEASE NOTE: Replace "mykey.key" with your own values 

Part 2 of 2: Generating a CSR

Type the following command:
OpenSSL req –new –sha256 –key <your keyname> -nodes –out <your CSR filename>
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Once prompted for a "Common Name" enter the Fully Qualified Domain Name (FQDN) that you wish to secure in the certificate
For Wildcard: If you are going to be requesting a Wildcard Certificate you will need to place an asterisk * in front of the domain (e.g. *.entrust.com)
You will also be prompted for the following information:
Country/RegionCBusiness Location - CountryCA
State/ProvinceSTBusiness Location - State/ProvinceOntario
City/LocalityLBusiness Location - CityOttawa
Organization UnitOUOrganization Unit if required to be listed* Optional*
OrganizationOOrganization’s legal business nameEntrust Datacard
Common NameCNDomain to be secured by certificatewww.testcertificates.com
PLEASE NOTE: Do not use a Challenge Password
* If you require an Organization Unit, the value you place will be required to pass verification. If the OU is considered misleading or a registered trademark to a different legal entity it will be removed from certificate that is issued and show up with no value.
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