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nginx and Go Daddy SSL certificates

  1. Generate the CSR:
    openssl genrsa 2048 > yourhost.com.key
    openssl req -new -key yourhost.com.key > yourhost.com.csr
    
  2. Enter in whatever you want - you NEED the "Common Name" everything else is not really required for it to work.
    Country Name (2 letter code) [AU]:US
    State or Province Name (full name) [Some-State]:.
    Locality Name (eg, city) []:.
    Organization Name (eg, company) [Internet Widgits Pty Ltd]:Something Here
    Organizational Unit Name (eg, section) []:.
    Common Name (eg, YOUR name) []:yourhost.com
    Email Address []:.
    
    Please enter the following 'extra' attributes
    to be sent with your certificate request
    A challenge password []:
    An optional company name []:
    
  3. Paste the CSR into Go Daddy, get back the .crt file
  4. Combine the cert + Go Daddy chain:
    cat yourhost.com.crt gd_bundle.crt > yourhost.com.pem
  5. Lastly, in nginx.conf:
    ssl_certificate /etc/nginx/certs/yourhost.com.pem;
    ssl_certificate_key /etc/nginx/certs/yourhost.com.key;
    

Additionally I have these SSL tweaks which seems to maintain a better SSL experience, passes McAfee Secure's SSL checks, etc.:

ssl on;
ssl_protocols SSLv3 TLSv1;
ssl_ciphers ALL:-ADH:+HIGH:+MEDIUM:-LOW:-SSLv2:-EXP;
ssl_session_cache shared:SSL:10m;
Categories: nginx
  1. Janko M.
    August 22nd, 2010 at 05:40 | #1

    Thanks for clear and simple tutorial. I used it more than once now. I forget details each time I do this.

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