Let’s Encrypt on EC2

You can get free and valid SSL certificate from Let’s Encrypt. In this article, I will go through the steps to install Let’s Encrypt SSL certificate on Apache running on Amazon Linux.

Things you should know about Let’s Encrypt:
1. Let’s Encrypt’s certificates last for 90 days old.
2. Let’s Encrypt does not offer wild-card certificates.

1. An email address.
2. The domain pointing to a directory on the server, that’s accessible on the Internet. Let’s Encrypt servers will access a file on http://yourwebsite.com/some_secret_file_name to validate that you own the domain.

Installation steps:

1. Install some requirements for the following steps.

yum install python27-devel git

2. Clone the letsencrypt repository and run the installer.

git clone https://github.com/letsencrypt/letsencrypt /opt/letsencrypt
/opt/letsencrypt/letsencrypt-auto –debug

3. Create a config file that will be used for new certificates and renewals. It contains the private key size and your email address.

echo “rsa-key-size = 4096” >> /etc/letsencrypt/config.ini
echo “email = email@example.com” >> /etc/letsencrypt/config.ini

4. Request a certificate for your domain and it’s www subdomain. You must also specify the root directory of the domain.

/opt/letsencrypt/letsencrypt-auto certonly –webroot -w /var/www/yourdomainroot -d yourdomain.com -d http://www.yourdomain.com –config /etc/letsencrypt/config.ini –agree-tos

5. Remove the directory that was used for validation. This step is optional.

rmdir /var/www/yourdomainroot/.well-known

6. The certificates are located at /etc/letsencrypt/live/ and the last thing is to update your webserver’s configuration. For apache it will look like this:

Listen 443
<VirtualHost *:443>
ServerName yourdomain.com
DocumentRoot “/var/www/yourdomainroot”
SSLEngine on
SSLCertificateFile /etc/letsencrypt/live/yourdomain.com/cert.pem
SSLCertificateKeyFile /etc/letsencrypt/live/yourdomain.com/privkey.pem
SSLCertificateChainFile /etc/letsencrypt/live/yourdomain.com/chain.pem
SSLProtocol All -SSLv2 -SSLv3
SSLHonorCipherOrder on

7. Be sure to add the renew command in a crontab. Refresing your webserver command should also be here.

/opt/letsencrypt/letsencrypt-auto renew –config /etc/letsencrypt/config.ini –agree-tos && apachectl graceful


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