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From Andrew Clarke <>
Subject [users@httpd] adding SSL - is a distinct virtual host mandatory?
Date Tue, 04 Oct 2005 00:26:03 GMT

SuSE 9.3 hosting Apache 2.0.53 (the build from SuSE installs) and Firefox 
1.0.6 for a self-contained server and workstation on a laptop.

I'm working on getting https working for the first time, and keep reading 
hints that it's usual to make another virtual host to carry the SSL. Is 
this required, or just "a good idea"? If it's a good idea, why?

On a closely related topic, I eventually reached the point of creating a 
self-certified CA and have made my server keys, but the first response I 
get from an https://localhost access is an alert box from the browser:

    "the connection to myserver has terminated unexpectedly.
    Some data may have been transferred".

I do not even get an alert asking if I want to accept a self-certified 
certificate, so the problem has to be very early in the sequence.

Of course I'm going to assume that there's a few SSL config parameters I 
need to set, but I was hoping that the default .conf supplied by 
SuSE/Apache would only need the certificates plugging in and it would just 
work. Are there any SSL config parameters I MUST set before it will work? 
The documentation lacks a clear tutorial (that I've been able to find) so 
I'd really appreciate it if someone could enumerate the essential 
parameters. I'll find out what they all mean from there.

Thanks in advance,
A Clarke.

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