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Ubuntu SSL 2048-bit Key

Mar 22, 2010, 23:32 (1 Talkback[s])

[ Thanks to Andrew Weber for this link. ]

"Creating an SSL Certificate

"When SSL is used with the Apache via the mod_ssl module, it will create an encrypted RSA file which has two components a private file which is kept secure on the server and a public file which is placed in the Certificate file and is thus used by users when they connect to the server. Users will be able to communicate securely then using the encryption that results in this kind of communication. New standards are requiring a 2048-bit key instead of the older 1024-bit key.

"An official SSL Certificate is required in order to satisfy browsers and customers on a web site.

"A Certificate Signing Request (CSR) must be created that contains the public key of the web site that will be installed in the certificate. This key identifies the owner of the web site and this is the information that you see when you view a certificate:

"Country – State – Company – Organizational Unit – Domain – Email of Administrator

"The CSR must be sent to a Certifying Authority (CA) who will then convert the certificate into a real Certificate which can be placed on the server with the signature of the signing authority. In this process the signing authority verifies the company is who they say they are on the certificate."

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