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Last Modified : 04/26/2019

Certificate Signing Request (CSR) Generation Instructions - Stronghold Server


This document provides Certificate Signing Request (CSR) Generation instructions for Stronghold server. If you are unable to use these instructions for your server, GeoTrust recommends that you contact the server vendor or the organization, which supports Stronghold.

To generate a CSR, you will need to create a key pair for your server.

Generate a Key Pair
NOTE: A key length of 1024 bit is the default, but GeoTrust recommends the use of a 2048 bit key.

Stronghold keys and certificates are managed through three scripts: genkey, getca and genreq. These are part of the normal Stronghold distribution. Keys and certificates are stored in the directory $SSLTOP/private/, where SSLTOP is typically /usr/local/ssl.

To generate a key pair and CSR for your server:

  1. 1. Run genkey, specifying the name of the host or virtual host: genkey hostname. The genkey script displays the filenames and locations of the key file and CSR file it will generate:  
    Key file: /usr/local/www/sslhostname.key  
    CSR file: /usr/local/www/sslhostname.cert 
    NOTE: If you already have a key for your server, run genreq [servername] to generate only the CSR.
  2. Press Enter. The genkey script reminds you to be sure you are not overwriting an existing key pair and certificate.
  3. When prompted, enter a key size in bits. We recommend using the largest key size available: 2048 bits.
  4. When prompted, enter random key strokes. Stop when the counter reaches zero and genkey beeps. This random data to create a unique public and private key pair.
  5. When prompted, enter y to create the key pair and CSR.
  6. Select GeoTrust as your CA.
  7. Enter all of the information requested and press Enter.
    NOTE:  Back up your key file and CSR on a floppy disk and store the disk in a secure location. If you lose your private key or forget the password, you will not be able to install your Secure Server ID and will need to request and purchase a new one from GeoTrust.

    You have just created a key pair and a CSR.
  8. To copy and paste the information into the enrollment form, open the file in a text editor that does not add extra characters (Notepad or Vi are recommended).
  9. Verify your CSR with the GeoTrust CSR Checker
  10. Copy and past the CSR into the enrollment pages on the GeoTrust website