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Letsencrypt Shows Expired, Renewal Fails, Litespeed Wordpress Droplet

My domain shows an expired cert even though Certbot says renewal is not needed. I tried a dry run renewal and got the following error. I’m not sure what to do. This is on DigitalOcean having used the Litespeed Wordpress Droplet.

Attempting to renew cert (www.thinkliz.com) from /etc/letsencrypt/renewal/www.thinkliz.com.conf produced an unexpected error: urn:ietf:params:acme:error:malformed :: The request message was malformed :: Method not allowed. Skipping.
All renewal attempts failed. The following certs could not be renewed:
  /etc/letsencrypt/live/www.thinkliz.com/fullchain.pem (failure)
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Hello, @internetjason

It seems like your SSL Certificate has expired. Could you please post the versions of your installed Certbot packages? In particular python3-acme.

dpkg-query -l | grep certbot

If it is not at 0.31.0-2, perhaps try to forcefully upgrade it:

sudo apt update && apt install --only-upgrade python3-acme

And then try to renew the certificate again and execute the –dry-run as well.

Let me know how it goes.

Regards, Alex

I had a similar, maybe not related, issue recently with our litespeed server. Went in to perform a renewal and it wasn’t needed. However, on my browser it was telling me the connection wasn’t secure and the cert had an older date.

This was resolved when I performed a graceful restart on the litespeed panel. This has happened before. Not sure if there is some kind of cache issue.