NAME genkey - generate SSL certificates and certificate requests

SYNOPSIS genkey [--test] [--days count] [[--genreq] [--makeca]] {hostname}

DESCRIPTION genkey is an interactive command-line tool which can be used to generate SSL certificates or Certificate Signing Requests (CSR). Generated certificates are stored in the directory /etc/pki/tls/certs/, and the corresponding private key in /etc/pki/tls/private/.

genkey will prompt for the size of key desired; whether or not to generate a CSR; whether or not an encrypted private key is desired; the certificate subject DN details.

genkey generates random data for the private key using the truerand library and also by prompting the user for entry of random text.

OPTIONS --makceca Generate a Certificate Authority keypair.

--genreq Generate a Certificate Signing Request for an existing private key, which can be submitted to a CA (for example, for renewal).

--days count When generating a self-signed certificate, specify that the number of days for which the certificate is valid be count rather than the default value of 30.

--test For test purposes only; omit the slow process of generating random data.

EXAMPLES The following example will create a self-signed certificate and private key for the hostname

# genkey --days 120

FILES /etc/pki/tls/openssl.cnf

SEE ALSO certwatch(1)

crypto-utils April 2005 GENKEY(1)