Generate CSR without a challenge password??

adaptivehost

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I am looking to generate a csr for my hosting company, but am receiving an error. I am trying to generate a CSR without using a password (so I don't have to enter it at server reboot). It is not letting me. Here is the error:
Sorry the challenge phrase is too short. Please try again.
How would I go about doing this so I can get a new Geotrust SSL Cert?
 

Mark Stosberg

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CSR passwords needs to be entered at server boot time?

Angela,

I don't think your answer addresses the point about the possible need to enter the password at server boot time.

At least back in the pre cPanel days, having a password on a secure certificate meant the password needed to be entered when the web server starts up! You can see how this isn't practical for mass web hosters.

I believe the real question is here is essentially: When is this password ever needed it again? In particular, while there a be a prompt to enter it when the web server boots up?
 

C4talyst

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Anyone ever find a definitive answer for this? I do not want our techs having to enter a password to restart apache.
 

sparek-3

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This is an old thread.

The server was asking for the password because the SSL host was using an encrypted private key.

To my knowledge, the WHM does not give you an encrypted private key. The private keys that the WHM generates will be decrypted:

Code:
-----BEGIN RSA PRIVATE KEY-----
MII...
-----END RSA PRIVATE KEY-----
As long as you install a decrypted private key, it will not ask for the challenge password when apache is restarted.

Just be sure that you use the same private key generated with the CSR that is used to buy the certificate.