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Last Modified : 12/18/2018

Installation Instructions for Red Hat Linux Secure Web Server


Symantec now offers the Symantec  SSL Assistant to make it easy to generate a CSR and install a certificate for Red Hat servers.
This document provides instructions for installing SSL Certificates. If you are unable to use these instructions for your server, Symantec recommends that you contact either the vendor of your software or an organization that supports Redhat SWS.
Step 1: Download and Install Intermediate CA Bundle Certificates
  1. Download the Intermediate CA certificate from this link: INFO657
    Select the appropriate Intermediate CA certificate for your SSL Certificate type.
    NOTE: To check which certificate type you have purchased, follow the steps from this link: SO13499
  2. Copy the Intermediate CA certificate and paste it on a Notepad.  
  3. Save the file as intermediate.crt  
  4. Save the Intermediate CA Certificate as:  /etc/httpd/conf/ssl.crt/intermediate.crt.
  5. Add the following directive to your /etc/httpd/conf/httpd.conf file, within the virtual host tags that define your secure Web server and with the other SSL directives:

    SSLCACertificateFile /etc/httpd/conf/ssl.crt/intermediate.crt
Step 2: Install the SSL Certificate
  1. The Symantec certificate will be sent by email. If the certificate is included as an attachment (Cert.cer), you may use the file.
  2. If the certificate is imbedded in the body of the email, copy and paste it into a text file (save as public.crt) using Vi or Notepad.
    Do not use Microsoft Word or other word processing programs that may add characters.
    The text file should look like:


    [encoded data]

    -----END CERTIFICATE----- 

    Make sure there are 5 dashes to either side of the BEGIN CERTIFICATE and END CERTIFICATE and that no white space, extra line breaks or additional characters have been inadvertently added.

    NOTE: If you downloading the certificate from your Symantec Trust Center account, please select X.509 as a certificate format
    and copy only the End Entity Certificate.

    To download the certificate from Symantec Trust Center follow the steps from this link:  SO8061

  3. To follow the naming convention for Red Hat, rename the certificate filename with the .crt extension. For example: public.crt
  4. Save the certificate into a file and give the name and path to that file to the SSLCertificateFile directive:

    SSLCertificateFile /etc/httpd/conf/ssl.crt/server.crt 
  5. You need to add also the key file in as well (SSLCertificateKeyFile directive).  

    SSLCertificateKeyFile /etc/httpd/conf/ssl.key/server.key
  6. Remember to add the Intermediate file in as well ( SSLCACertificateFile directive) from Step 1.

    SSLCACertificateFile /etc/httpd/conf/ssl.crt/intermediate.crt
  7. To verify if your certificate is installed correctly, use the Symantec Installation Checker


         For more information, see the Redhat Support website.