Configure Apache server with SSL support

You can configure apache web server with or without ssl support where as it is always recommended to use ssl along with apache for security reasons.

Let me show you step by step configuration for the same


Make sure all these packages are present

  • httpd 
  • openssl 
  • mod_ssl 
  • crypto-utils - used to generate certificates/private keys 

If the packages are not there you can use yum to install them
# yum -y install httpd mod_ssl openssl crypto-utils
Check your host name
# hostname (this will show your hostname)
Generate a certificate using your FQDN# genkey
So we are generating key pair for FQDN and you can see the location where the keys will be stored:

You can select the type of encryption you want for keys.

We don't want to create any CSR or CA because this is being done for an internal domain.

Encrypting the key means assigning a pass phrase to use the key so every time you want to use they key, you will have to assign the pass phrase. This field can be used in high security areas but for now we can uncheck the option and move ahead.

This will generate the key as per your selection. Fill up your details as asked :

Once the key is generated we need to update the ssl.conf file

# vi /etc/httpd/conf.d/ssl.conf
# line 105
SSLCertificateFile /etc/pki/tls/certs/
# line 112
SSLCertificateKeyFile /etc/pki/tls/private/

Once done restart the httpd services

# service httpd restart
Stopping httpd:                                  [ OK ]
Starting httpd:                                  [ OK ]
If you find any error then you can check the error logs at the following location

# cd /var/logs/httpd
Now go to browser and type the IP or FQDN using https

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