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generate cert for each domain to access secure cpanel?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by boatdesign, Feb 9, 2007.

  1. boatdesign

    boatdesign Well-Known Member

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    How many hosts install a cheap cert for each domain so the https://thecustomer'sdomain.com/cpanel/ works without an invalid cert warning? Is there even a way to do this fairly quickly or would it be an extremely long process to install $9/year certs for each cpanel customer to access without any browser warning?

    Is there a way to have WHM generate a self-signed cert for each domain so that when customers visit https://thecustomer'sdomain.com/cpanel/ they don't get the warning that the cert generated belongs to the server hostname?

    Or does everyone just redirect secure cpanel access to the server's hostname?
     
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    easiest is to install a cert for the hostname, but it depends what you want to do.

    self-signed certs will always produce a warning that they are not from a trusted authority, assuming the user has not accepted and installed it in their browser.

    $9 certs are often chained root, and certain browser, whilst becoming rarer, have problems with them.
     
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    I agree to just put it on the hostname, and have them access their cpanel from there.

    You could even get away with a self-signed cert. Just explain to the customer that the warning they are seeing is normal for THAT site.
    Of course, getting a signed Cert is best though.

    Isn't there an option in WHM to redirect all cpanels to SSL or the hostname?
     
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    Yes, in tweak settings
     
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    boatdesign Well-Known Member

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    It looks like the hostname is going to be the only real option. There is no option to easily selfsign a cert per domain name, nor install a cert per domain name for whm access, so if it stays on their domain https://customer'sdomain/cpanel they get the warning that the cert is for the server's hostname not customer'sdomain.com
     
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    Where do you get $9 certs?

    The biggest problem you'll run into if you want to give each domain a cert is IP addresses, as each cert needs it's own IP address
     
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