ANNOUNCE: Apache-SSL Certificates Available

ANNOUNCE: Apache-SSL Certificates Available

Post by Mark Shuttlewort » Tue, 04 Jun 1996 04:00:00

3 June 1996
                                         Cape Town, South Africa

ANNOUNCING:  Digital Certificates for users of Apache-SSL

Thawte Consulting is pleased to announce that it will begin to
issue digital certificates for use with Ben Laurie's "Apache-SSL"
secure server software today.

The fee for the service is US$ 100, which can be paid in any one
of over 50 currencies.  Clients can send their documentation to
our certification bases in the USA, Canada, the UK and South

For more information, please go directly to our web pages at

"I'm pleased to see that Thawte is introducing much needed diversity
in the emerging Certificate Authority market," said Ben Laurie,
author of the secure components of Apache-SSL.

"We believe that the Apache Group has played a significant role
in the development of efficient, flexible and secure server
software for the Internet,  and that Ben's Apache-SSL will be
the benchmark against which other commercial packages are
measured." said Mark Shuttleworth of Thawte.

Apache-SSL is the first in a series of secure server products
for which Thawte will issue digital certificates.

(c) Thawte Consulting cc. 1996

Mark Shuttleworth
Thawte Consulting cc.


1. Can't convert my netscape ssl certificate for use with Apache-SSL

I am trying to convert my netscape certificate to use with Apache-SSL.

I run the ns_convert program like so:

# /usr/local/ssl/bin/ns_convert /usr3/ns-home/https-443. httpd
read RSA private key
Enter Private Key password:
writing RSA private key

Your Netscape ServerKey has been converted, but there is a missing element
in SSLeay which does not allow for immediate conversion of your

You'll receive a converted certificate in the mail shortly, which you
should save in httpd.cert and install using "getcert httpd"

Then I receive the converted cert and try to install it....

/usr/local/ssl/certs# ls -al
total 4
drwxr-xr-x   2 root     system       512 Mar 22 00:30 ./
drwxr-xr-x   8 root     system       512 Mar 18 23:34 ../
-rw-r--r--   1 root     system      1255 Mar 22 00:30 httpd.cert

/usr/local/ssl/certs# getcert httpd
unable to load certificate
error:0D067083:asn1 encoding routines:ASN1_get_object:too long
error:0D092065:asn1 encoding routines:D2I_X509_PUBKEY:bad get object
error:0D08C070:asn1 encoding routines:D2I_X509_CINF:error stack
error:0D089070:asn1 encoding routines:D2I_X509:error stack
error:0906600D:PEM routines:PEM_ASN1_read:ASN1 lib

This is the error I am getting.  Anyone have any ideas?

I am running Apache-SSL-US 1.0.3+1.1 on OSF1 V3.2 on an alpha.  My
netscape server runs fine with the certificate.



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