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Posted on: 02 Nov 2007
Author: mandrei
Section: Website Development | Server Side
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Apache+SSL How to build a secure webserver
Interesting resource that can answer for us to a few questions if we need to open up a secure website.

 



Electronic commerce is becoming very popular on the Internet. Companies will often pay thousands of
dollars for commercial packages to deliver secure content to customers on the Web. You can setup one of the
most popular Web servers, Apache, running on Linux and serving secure content, for free.

To setup Apache to deliver secure content, you will need to get a cryptographic package called OpenSSL,
based on the SSLeay library. The place to start is at http://www.apache-ssl.org . From there, you can
download the needed patches to make Apache into a secure web server.

Detailed instructions are available in the packages, but here is a quick step-by-step guide:

· First, you need to download 3 packages: Apache itself, the corresponding Apache-SSL patch

and OpenSSL.

· Then you need to patch the Apache distribution and compile the SSL library.
· After editing the configuration file in the Apache directory, and setting the right paths and

libraries to use, you can compile Apache and then create a test certificate.

· All you have to do now is install Apache and configure it to use your test certificate.

Note that while Apache and the SSLeay libray are free, you may need to pay to get signed certificates from
commercial companies. Also, due to export laws in various countries, you may want to check your local laws
before using any encrypting product.

Sample of apache config file running VirtualHosts with secure SSL port and with standard http port

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