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Generating SSL Certificates

To enable secure Web access, you must first generate a digital SSL certificate, and then enable HTTPS access on the routing platform.

To generate an SSL certificate:

  1. Enter the following openssl command in your Secure Shell command-line interface. The openssl command generates a self-signed SSL certificate in the privacy-enhanced mail (PEM) format. It writes the certificate and an unencrypted 1024-bit RSA private key to the specified file.

    % openssl req –x509 –nodes –newkey rsa:1024 –keyout filename.pem -out filename.pem

    Replace filename with the name of a file in which you want the SSL certificate to be written—for example, new.pem.

  2. When prompted, type the appropriate information in the identification form. For example, type US for the country name.
  3. Display the contents of the file new.pem.

    cat new.pem

    Copy the contents of this file for installing the SSL certificate.

Go on to Configuring Secure Web Accessto install the SSL certificate and enable HTTPS.


Published: 2010-04-29

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