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21May/1075

Apache, SSL and private key passphrase on Windows

Today, I solved a problem that has bothered me the past few days...

I won't enter in detail in the whole Apache/SSL configuration, but rather focus on this particular problem: have you ever tried to install an SSL certificate on your Apache 2.2 web server? Typically, you'll have to generate a private key file (yourdomain.key), then a CSR (Certificate Signing Request). While you generate the private key, you will be asked for a passphrase. This passphrase will be asked later to Apache. If Apache doesn't answer, it won't start...