3.3. Requesting a Valid SSL Certificate

If you want to use a valid SSL certificate and do not have one for your hostname, it is possible to generate one using the openssl command and a certificate authority. A valid certificate is one that is recognized by all browsers because it was signed by a recognized authority. Those created by Webmin itself, by following the steps in Section 3.2 “SSL Encryption”, do not meet this criteria and will trigger a warning in all browsers when they connect to the Webmin server.

Unfortunately, certificate authorities charge money for signing and verifying that the owner of the server in the hostname actually matches the company details in the certificate. For this reason, most people do not bother to use a signed ...

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