Getting Server Certificate Signed by CAcert.org

This section provides a tutorial example on how to submit a CSR (Certificate Signing Request) to CAcert.org to get a free server certificate.

With the CSR (Certificate Signing Request) for my domain name, herongyang.com, ready, I can go back to CAcert.org to finish the process of getting my free certificate now.

1. Go to CAcert.org and "Password Login" to my account.

2. Click "New" under the "Server Certificate" menu. The "CSR (Certificate Signing Request)" page shows up.

3. Copy and paste the entire content of my CSR file, herongyang_com.csr, into the CSR area.

4. Click "Submit" button. CAcert.org verifies that the domain name included in the CSR is a valid domain name in my CAcert.org account and issues a server certificate to me.

5. CAcert.org also sends me an email and gives a link to a Web page with my server certificate:
My Server Certificate

6. Copy and paste my server certificate from the Web page into a text file, herongyang_com.crt.

Congratulations, I have a server certificate for herongyang.com signed by CAcert.org now! I will upgrade my Web site to HTTPS later when I am ready.

Last update: 2011.

Table of Contents

 About This Book

 Introduction of PKI (Public Key Infrastructure)

 Introduction of HTTPS (Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure)

 Using HTTPS with IE (Internet Explorer) 10

 Using HTTPS with Chrome 40

 Using HTTPS with Firefox 35

 Perl Scripts Communicating with HTTPS Servers

 PHP Scripts Communicating with HTTPS Servers

 Java Programs Communicating with HTTPS Servers

 Certificate Stores and Certificate Console

 .NET Programs Communicating with HTTPS Servers

CAcert.org - Root CA Offering Free Certificates

 About CAcert.org

 Join CAcert.org as a Member

 Installing CAcert.org Root CA in Firefox 3

 Installig CAcert.org Root CA in IE 8

 Adding and Validating Domain Names

 Generating Certificate Signing Request (CSR)

Getting Server Certificate Signed by CAcert.org

 PKI CA Administration - Issuing Certificates

 Digital Signature - Microsoft Word 2007

 Digital Signature - OpenOffice.org 3

 S/MIME and Email Security

 PKI (Public Key Infrastructure) Terminology

 Outdated Tutorials

 References

 PDF Printing Version