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NAME

genkey - generate SSL certificates and certificate requests

CONTENTS

SYNOPSIS

genkey [--test] [--days count] [[--genreq] [--makeca]] {hostname}

DESCRIPTION

genkey is an interactive command-line tool which can be used to generate SSL certificates or Certificate Signing Requests (CSR). Generated certificates are stored in the directory /etc/pki/tls/certs/, and the corresponding private key in /etc/pki/tls/private/.

genkey will prompt for the size of key desired; whether or not to generate a CSR; whether or not an encrypted private key is desired; the certificate subject DN details.

genkey generates random data for the private key using the truerand library and also by prompting the user for entry of random text.

OPTIONS

--makceca
  Generate a Certificate Authority keypair.
--genreq
  Generate a Certificate Signing Request for an existing private key, which can be submitted to a CA (for example, for renewal).
--days count
  When generating a self-signed certificate, specify that the number of days for which the certificate is valid be count rather than the default value of 30.
--test For test purposes only; omit the slow process of generating random data.

EXAMPLES

The following example will create a self-signed certificate and private key for the hostname www.example.com:

        # genkey --days 120 www.example.com
     

FILES

/etc/pki/tls/openssl.cnf

SEE ALSO

certwatch(1)


crypto-utils GENKEY (1) April 2005
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