how to hookup nginx with startssl

This is a note-to-self

StartSSL is a certification authority which gives away free SSL certificates valid for one year (after which you can renew it again for free). They are simply awesome. Anyway, this blog post documents how you can setup an ssl cert on an nginx server using the start ssl free cert.

  • Signup for a StartSSL account . StartSSL doesn’t give you a username and password, it gives you a client certificate instead (Use firefox to do signup). Make sure to back up the client cert.
  • SSH into your server and run the following commands:
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openssl genrsa -des3 -out server.key.secure 2048
openssl rsa -in server.key.secure -out server.key
openssl req -new -key server.key -out server.csr
  • On startssl browse to the control panel and then to the validations wizard and validate the domain for which you want to generate your ssl.
  • Now go to the certificates wizard tab in the control panel and create a web server ssl certificate. Skip the first step and paste your server.csr file in the next step. Finish the rest of the steps of this wizard.
  • Browse to the tool box in the control panel and click on retrieve certificate. Copy your certificate and paste it into a file called server.crt on the server.
  • Download sub.class1.server.ca.pem to your server.
  • Now run cat sub.class1.server.ca.pem >> server.crt to append the intermediate certificate to your cert.
  • Run the commands:
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sudo cp server.crt /etc/ssl/example.com.crt
sudo cp server.key /etc/ssl/example.com.key
  • Change your nginx conf to:
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server {
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listen 80;
listen 443 ssl;
ssl on;
ssl_certificate /etc/ssl/example.com.crt;
ssl_certificate_key /etc/ssl/example.com.key;
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}
  • Restart your nginx server

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