SSL on Apache; close but not quite running

I have Apache and OpenSSL and followed the instructions on this site:

I ran these commands:

openssl genrsa -des3 -out filename.key 1024
openssl req -new -key filename.key -out filename.csr

I sent GeoTrust the csr and got my key back from them. I put the key in a file here:

My httpd.conf file has the following line:

<IfModule mod_ssl.c>
  Include conf/ssl.conf

So I checked and modified (where necessary) the ssl.conf file so that it has the entries mentioned in this post:

Stoped and started the server by running:

httpd stop
httpd startssl
httpd restart

When I go to it gives me the "page cannot be displayed" error yet works fine.

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first check error.log file: what does it say ? send it here
bfilipekAuthor Commented:
I can't find error.log. I did a "locate error.log" and it came back with nothing.
usually it is in /usr/local/apache2/logs directory
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bfilipekAuthor Commented:
[root@SRVWEB logs]# cat error_log
[Tue Dec 28 18:01:25 2004] [notice] Apache/2.0.52 (Unix) configured -- resuming normal operations
[Tue Dec 28 18:03:29 2004] [notice] caught SIGTERM, shutting down
[Tue Dec 28 18:03:33 2004] [notice] Apache/2.0.52 (Unix) configured -- resuming normal operations
[Tue Jan 04 10:51:52 2005] [notice] caught SIGTERM, shutting down
could you also send ssl.conf file content
bfilipekAuthor Commented:
SSLRandomSeed startup builtin
SSLRandomSeed connect builtin
<IfDefine SSL>
Listen 443
AddType application/filename.crt
AddType application/filename.crl
SSLPassPhraseDialog  builtin
SSLSessionCache         dbm:/usr/local/apache2/logs/ssl_scache
SSLSessionCacheTimeout  300
SSLMutex  file:/usr/local/apache2/logs/ssl_mutex
<VirtualHost _default_:443>
DocumentRoot "/usr/local/apache2/htdocs"
ErrorLog /usr/local/apache2/logs/error_log
TransferLog /usr/local/apache2/logs/access_log
SSLEngine on
SSLCertificateFile /usr/local/apache2/conf/ssl.crt/filename.crt
SSLCertificateKeyFile /usr/local/apache2/conf/ssl.key/filename.key
<Files ~ "\.(cgi|shtml|phtml|php3?)$">
    SSLOptions +StdEnvVars
<Directory "/usr/local/apache2/cgi-bin">
    SSLOptions +StdEnvVars
SetEnvIf User-Agent ".*MSIE.*" \
         nokeepalive ssl-unclean-shutdown \
         downgrade-1.0 force-response-1.0
CustomLog /usr/local/apache2/logs/ssl_request_log \
          "%t %h %{SSL_PROTOCOL}x %{SSL_CIPHER}x \"%r\" %b"
bfilipekAuthor Commented:
So what is wrong with my ssl.conf file?
In your first mail you said that ou followed the faq from But if you check that faq then you should see that the config file is a little bit different.
in your config file you have
<VirtualHost _default_:443>

replace _default_  by your server's IP address. Eg.:

Also remove :443 from ServerName directive:
Also you don't have
SSLCACertificateFile  directive which point to CA bundle file.
As it is mentioned in faq which you used: "The directives that are the most important for SSL are the SSLEngine on, SSLCertificateFile, SSLCertificateKeyFile, and in many cases SSLCACertificateFile directives."
bfilipekAuthor Commented:

- I changed the <VirtualHost _default_:443> to my IP as you suggested <VirtualHost 111.222.333.444:443>
- I removed :443 from the ServerName directive.
- I ran: apachectl stop, apachectl startssl, apachectl restart

And it still does not work.

Is the SSLCACertificateFile required? I did not recieve anything like that from GeoTrust when I purchased the SSL cert.

Thanks for sticking with me on this, I must be very close to getting it to work.

ps thanks administrator.
Is your the received cerificate is PEM encoded ? could yo send it to personal mailox ?
coulf you also send the resukt of execution of following command:
>httpd -V
it will show all modules that are compiled for your apache installation
bfilipekAuthor Commented:
Not sure how to tell if it is PEM encoded. I am going to guess not.

I ran httpd -V and all it gave me was "service ver. 0.91"
It seems that during startup SSL variable is not defined.
Try to run:
>/usr/local/apache2/bin/apachectl startssl
bfilipekAuthor Commented:
Well at this point I am going to uninstall and start fresh. I cant get it to work. Please close this post.
bfilipekAuthor Commented:
Well it's working now. I had to change a few lines in the httpd.conf file. The VirtualHost was set to the IP address, so I changed it to *:80.

Then I changed:
Listen x.x.x.x:80 (x's were the IP address)

In ssh.conf I changed:
Listen x.x.x.x:443 (x's were the IP address)

All good now.
PAQed with points refunded (500)

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