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Old 09-28-2012, 08:38 AM   #1
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help! can't connect to our development web site with new SSL Configuration

Your help is hugely appreciated in advance.

After trying to make a new site available via ssl.conf in apache, I now get an error message in Firefox (and in other browsers):

"Firefox can't establish a connection to the server at"

Originally we had no problems. We wanted to switch our dev location from

https: our_host/oldDev/ (which had been perfectly available)



It was sometime after I generated new keys (.key and .crt) for newDev that I could reach neither .../oldDev/ nor .../newDev/).

I attempted subsequently to restore .../oldDev, but I cannot do so, even after restoring our original oldDev settings in ssl.conf. I get the same error in Firefox or other browsers as above.

Other than changing and reverting settings in ssl.conf, the only thing I have done in this process was to generate .key and .crt files for newDev. After my failed attempts at establishing newDev, I deleted the new .key and .crt files using a simple linux rm command and reset ssl.conf

Throughout all of this I have stopped and restarted apache, then our tomcat server at appropriate steps. Tomcat appears to have no ssl config in it. it's all in Apache.

I cannot figure out how to troubleshoot and solve this problem.
Do you have any good hints?

1. Could the creation and deletion of the new .key and .crt files be a problem? (I would not think they would affect the existing files that had been previously used).

2. are there good logs? I found ssl_error-log and ssl-access-log, and neither had much information in them.

3. What else could be causing this problem? To my knowledge there have been no other significant network or firewall changes while i have been working on this.
Old 09-28-2012, 08:40 AM   #2
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corrected urls

I mis-typed: the host names for oldDev and newDev are identical

https://our_host/oldDev and https://our_host/newDev
Old 09-28-2012, 09:24 AM   #3
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I'm not completely clear on the problem, but when I try from here, I get

You don't have permission to access / on this server.
Apache/2.0.59 (Unix) mod_ssl/2.0.59 OpenSSL/0.9.7a WebAuth/3.5.3 mod_jk/1.2.19 Server at Port 80
I can only suggest checking the log files & Apache's home site.
I do find it slightly odd you've got v2.0.59; most people would be on 2.2 or 2.4 by now.
Old 10-02-2012, 06:22 AM   #4
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Thanks, this is helpful.

I noticed that the output you generated indicates we load 2 SSL modules: mod_ssl, and OpenSSL.

I had run the following openssl command to generate the appropriate key and .crt files:

sudo openssl req -new -x509 -days 730 -sha1 -newkey rsa:1024 \
-nodes -keyout oxcort8.key -out oxcort-08.crt

Might the problem simply be that I need to generate .key and .crt pertinent to the mod_ssl, not the OpenSSL, module?

Or might I have to generate 2 sets of keys, one for each of these 2 modules?


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