Creating a Self-Signed SSL Certificate

Creating a Self-Signed SSL certificate is a nice option when you need to run a quick https test for a web site. Lets take a look on how we can make one.

I’ll be using OpenSSL toolkit. I’m on Windows therefore package can be ataken from here: http://gnuwin32.sourceforge.net/packages/openssl.htm
“openssl-0.9.8h-1-setup.exe” executable by default drops everything here: “C:\Program Files\GnuWin32\bin”. Or, if you are on 64 bit OS, then here: “C:\Program Files (x86)\GnuWin32\bin”.

OpenSSL package comes with a default config file – openssl.cnf. It is located in the “share” folder, in my case here: “C:\Program Files\GnuWin32\share”. Config file holds important settings that are used to generate the certificate. We need to  comment “attributes” parameter line, otherwise an error will be presented. I also set the default length to 2048, but this one can be controlled with the command line parameters:
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