OpenSSL implementation... what am I missing?

June 4, 2015 1k views
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I have been working really hard on installing an OpenSSL certificate so my web-app can show the beautiful “HTTPS” in the URL, but it is not working.

I used this guide:

I have a Linux VPS with Ubuntu 14.04 and Apache 2.4.7.

These is what's been done so far:

1.- Enable SSL module:

sudo a2enmod ssl

2.- Restart Apache:

sudo service apache2 restart

3.- Create SSL directory inside de Apache2 directory:

sudo mkdir /etc/apache2/ssl

4.- Execute the following command to create a self-signed ssl certificate :

sudo openssl req -x509 -nodes -days 365 -newkey rsa:2048 -keyout /etc/apache2/ssl/apache.key -out /etc/apache2/ssl/apache.crt

5.- Fill in questions:

Country Name (2 letter code) [AU]:US
State or Province Name (full name) [Some-State]:New York
Locality Name (eg, city) []:New York City
Organization Name (eg, company) [Internet Widgits Pty Ltd]:Your Company
Organizational Unit Name (eg, section) []:Department of Kittens
Common Name (e.g. server FQDN or YOUR name) []
Email Address []:your

6.- Configure apache to utilize ssl:

sudo nano /etc/apache2/sites-available/default-ssl.conf

7.- Modify the following data:

DocumentRoot /var/www/html
SSLCertificateFile /etc/apache2/ssl/apache.crt
SSLCertificateKeyFile /etc/apache2/ssl/apache.key

8.- Enable “default-ssl.conf” file:

sudo a2ensite default-ssl.conf

9.- Restart Apache again:

sudo service apache2 restart
According to what I have read that should be all… what am I missing??

Thank's in advanced.

3 Answers

The steps look correct. Is your website not loading at all when you browse to or are you getting an error?

To whom may be interested in this question I want to let you know that I could finally resolve the problem. It was an ip table rule that was blocking port 443.

  • The steps mentioned above are correct :)
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