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Old 10-29-2009
VSFTPD & SSL Certificates

Hello all Smilie

I need a little advice on securing my VSFTPD server. I currently have it setup and working using a self signed certificate by following instructions on the net and im happy with it to a certain extent.

One of my clients is not... He said he cannot connect to the server unless he has the certificate to add to his client. I sent him the vsftpd.pem file i had created using the online tutorial but he told me this was not what he was looking for. So im stuck, im not sure what i should be sending him and if thats not what he was looking for what the hell have i just sent him? Have i just given him a confidential file?

I also thought that it could be because the certificate is self signed and he might require a signed certificate?

in my vsftpd.conf the certificate section looks like this...

Can someone who knows a bit more about this fill me in? Thank you in advance.

---------- Post updated at 07:15 AM ---------- Previous update was at 04:30 AM ----------

I believe i might of found what i need to do.

I think i need to extract the public key and crt from the .pem file. How can this be achived?

Apparently the file the client needs is either a .key and a .crt (im guessing these must be public) or a .p12 / .pfk

Can someone please help, time is not on my side.

Last edited by pludi; 10-29-2009 at 07:53 AM.. Reason: code tags, please...
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Old 11-07-2009
This will extract the public key from your .pem to stdout:
openssl x509 -inform pem -in /path/to/your/vstftp.pem -noout -pubkey

To generate a .key and .crt, good for one year, use the following syntax
openssl req -x509 -new -out vsftpd.key -keyout vsftpd.key -days 365

Last edited by fpmurphy; 11-07-2009 at 01:01 PM..
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