ACES Non-Governmental Server Certificate CSR Generation

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Direct copy-paste of instructions for CSR generation from Jim’s entry in the wiki page. Needs formatting and additional instructions.

 

Generic CSR instructions

Linux/Unix OpenSSL Generic Guidance

References:

http://www.openssl.org/docs/HOWTO/certificates.txt
http://www.openssl.org/docs/apps/req.html

The Command:

$ openssl req -nodes -sha1 -newkey rsa:2048 -keyout test.key -out test.req

The Outcome: Generating a 2048 bit RSA private key ……..+++ ……………………………………..+++ writing new private key to ‘test.key’


You are about to be asked to enter information that will be incorporated into your certificate request. What you are about to enter is what is called a Distinguished Name or a DN. There are quite a few fields but you can leave some blank For some fields there will be a default value, If you enter ‘.’, the field will be left blank.


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

Please enter the following ‘extra’ attributes to be sent with your certificate request A challenge password []: . An optional company name []: .

$ ls -l test* -rw-r–r– 1 jonesa user 1704 Sep 24 17:45 test.key -rw-r–r– 1 jonesa user 993 Sep 24 17:45 test.req

Windows CertReq Generic Guidance

References:

http://technet.microsoft.com/library/cc725793.aspx

The Command:

c:\>CertReq -New request.inf

The “request.inf” Contents:

[Version]
Signature= "$Windows NT$"
[NewRequest]
Subject = "C=US, O=Some Company, OU=Some Department, CN=#####"
KeySpec = 1
KeyLength = 2048
HashAlgorithm = SHA1
Exportable = TRUE
MachineKeySet = TRUE
SMIME = FALSE
PrivateKeyArchive = FALSE
UserProtected = FALSE
UseExistingKeySet = FALSE
ProviderName = "Microsoft RSA SChannel Cryptographic Provider"
ProviderType = 12
RequestType = PKCS10
KeyUsage = 0xf0
[EnhancedKeyUsageExtension]
OID=1.3.6.1.5.5.7.3.2

The Outcome:

  1. Prompt to save file
  2. Saved file as temp.req
  3. File contents:
  4. —-BEGIN NEW CERTIFICATE REQUEST—–

MIIDxjCCAq4CAQAwRDENMAsGA1UEAwwEdGVtcDEMMAoGA1UECwwDRkVDMRgwFgYD

...
h5aqFtHGWm5BMA==
-----END NEW CERTIFICATE REQUEST-----
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