Commands to work with TLS certs

Write at 2019 Feb 07 in notes devops tls ssl

When working with TLS cert, I need to check thing like what domain this cert is for, when is this cert going to expire. Or I have setup the cert in standby server, how I can hit it up myself locally to ensure it’s valid?

Check expired day of a cert on server

Before I put this server to public, I want to make sure its cert is right:

echo | openssl s_client -servername [domain-name] -connect 2>/dev/null | openssl x509 -noout -dates

Check that web server has right cert

echo | openssl s_client -servername [domain-name] -connect 2>/dev/null | openssl x509 -noout -issuer -subject -dates

Those command works to check the cert being served by web server, if we have a crt or pem file what do we do.

All above command of openssl receive input from stdin. The cert that those command operate on are fetch dynamically by openssl s_client. We can explicitly pass pem file as its input:

openssl x509 -enddate -noout -in file.pem
openssl x509 -noout -issuer -subject -dates -in file.pem


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