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From Crypto Sal <>
Subject Re: [users@httpd] SSL certificate and multiple names
Date Wed, 11 Aug 2010 22:43:10 GMT
  On 08/10/2010 04:11 AM, Mark Watts wrote:
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> On 06/08/10 18:22, Hélène Montarou wrote:
>> Hi,
>> I have installed httpd-2.2.3 and I would like to generate a certificate.
>> The machine on which it is installed has an internal name
>> ( and I would like to use another name for external
>> purpposes (
>> I would like to generate a certificate for the external name
>> (
>> I was wondering where I could configure the name in Linux config file as
>> well as in the httpd config files to make it work.
>> I haven't seen a naming parameter in httpd.config.
>> Would you give me some direction?
>> Thank you,
>> Hélène
> Conventional SSL certificates are tied to a specific "Common Name".
> In Apache terms, this is the same as the hostname you put in the browser
> in order to connect to a given VirtualHost.
> EG: ""
> If you want two different hostnames, you generally need two different
> certificates. Similarly, you will need a unique IP:port combination for
> each Virtual Host, since the ServerName variable isn't seen by Apache
> until after the SSL handshake.
> There are exceptions to this: Wildcard certificates (for
> "*") and "SNI" are two.
> Mark.
> - -- 
> Mark Watts BSc RHCE MBCS


You're forgetting a group in Multi-Domain Certificates (Multi-Common 
Names and Single Common Name, multi-SAN[Subject Alternative Name]). 
These certificates are very common with hosting providers and on 
Exchange 2007+ platforms.


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