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How to create a secure (HTTPS) OS X webserver
Authored by: jubalkessler on Dec 11, '04 08:41:48PM

Nice how-to .. I'd elide the cert generation a bit, and just use the single command-line invocation below:

openssl req -days 720 -new -keyout <HOSTNAME>.key -out $<HOSTNAME>.crt -nodes -x509

(where you replace the string "<HOSTNAME>" with the name of the web server, e.g. the name that's in the https:// url.)

The -days string will make it so the cert doesn't expire for 2 years, which I find reasonable for a personal https:// webserver.

The command will produce two files:

Place those in a safe location, make sure the key is readable only by root, and reference the full path in Apache .. you're set.

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