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Creating a self-signed certificate.
This is the top voted and accepted answer on Stack Overflow.
openssl req -x509 -newkey rsa:4096 -keyout key.pem -out cert.pem -days 365
I prefer not getting prompted for options so I prefer to add the
openssl req -x509 -newkey rsa:4096 -nodes -days 365 -utf8 \ -subj "/C=US/ST=MyState/L=MyCity/O=MyCompany/OU=Org/CN=mydomain.com" \ -keyout key.key -out cert.pem
Using this is relatively straightforward, just replace your own options with
The issue here is that it is still using CN, the Common Name field, and no Subject Alternative Name (SAN). This has been deprecated since the year 2000 when RFC 2818 was published. Browsers have also started to block certificates that do not provide a SAN and only a CN. CN-only certificates are no longer supported in Firefox 48 and Chrome 58.
This means even if you decide to add this certificate to your certificate store, this certificate will still give you error messages that you cannot get rid of.
To use the Subject Alternative Name it used to be necessary to tedious configuration files. From openssl version 1.1.1 you can do everything with one command from this stackoverflow answer
openssl req -x509 -newkey rsa:4096 -sha256 -days 3650 -nodes \ -keyout example.key -out example.crt -subj /CN=example.com \ -addext subjectAltName=DNS:example.com,DNS:example.net,IP:10.0.0.1
Note that you can specify multiple DNS names and also IP addresses. This is how https://22.214.171.124/ manages to have a working certificate.
Below is a pre-1.1.1 version of this command. (I didn’t test this.)
openssl req -x509 -newkey rsa:4096 -sha256 -days 3650 -nodes \ -keyout example.key -out example.crt -extensions san -config \ <(echo "[req]"; echo distinguished_name=req; echo "[san]"; echo subjectAltName=DNS:example.com,DNS:example.net,IP:10.0.0.1 ) \ -subj /CN=example.com
This is the utility to request and generate PKCS#10 requests. See
man 1 req.
-x509 # used to create a self-signed test or rootCa cert. -nodes # don't encrytp it (with DES). -newkey # create a new certificate request and private key. -utf8 # field values should be interpreted as UTF-8. (ASCII is the default) -days # by default this is 30 days.
Now that you have your certificates. How are you going to deploy them?
A self-signed certificate and key file are usually not enough for a good SSL
config. That’s why I’m also including the instructions on how to generate a
Diffie-Hellman group. Here’s how to generate a
openssl dhparam -out dhparams.pem 2048
See also: weakdh.org
A lot of software supports SSL/TLS. Here is just an example config for ngircd I
[SSL] # SSL Server Key Certificate CertFile = /opt/ngircd/etc/example.crt # Diffie-Hellman parameters DHFile = /opt/ngircd/etc/dhparams.pem # SSL Server Key KeyFile = /opt/ngircd/etc/example.key Ports = 6697
Test by connecing with IRSSI.
/connect -tls localhost 6697
The above command does not verify the TLS certificate. The following command does.
/connect -tls -ssl_verify localhost 6697
IRSSI won’t connect because it is not possible to verify the self-signed
certificate. I suggest using
-ssl-verify on networks that do not have
self-signed certificates to prevent MitM attacks.