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Resubmit previous CSR for Renewing SSL cert redhat mail server

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Hi,

We have a redhat mail server with an SSL cert that us due for renewal. I've done renewals for IIS web servers but I've never done one for a Linux mail server. I know where the pem files and mail config are located. What I'm not sure about is submitting the generated csr  to geotrust for the renewal. Since we have a csr already generated from the first time we purchased the cert, can I just resubmit that csr file or do I need to generate a new csr? Its the exact same mail server and domain name. If I do need to generate a new csr how do I go about doing that on redhat.

This is related to an earlier question that was answered, but I forgot about the csr submission piece
http://www.experts-exchange.com/Software/Server_Software/Email_Servers/Q_28348780.html
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There is no problem using the same csr but some SSL providers do require a new CSR and it is better for security.
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Thanks Ace. If I do generate a new CSR is this information documented here at the cert site the same method I would use for mail? Not sure how to actually generate the cert on redhat if its just for mail not a webserver.

https://knowledge.rapidssl.com/support/ssl-certificate-support/index?page=content&actp=CROSSLINK&id=SO22411
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Doesn't matter that it is for mail or server the methodology and procedures are the same.

p.s.
Ace is the rank, Cathal is the name ;o)
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Thanks Cathal (ace) =). So I got my cert I followed everything to a tee and now when I try veryfing SSL with smtp Im getting an error.

I've doubled checked all my certs are in the right spot, I checked the paths in sendmail.mc  everything is correct. And yes I did restart sendmail. What gives. Am I missing something.

didn't found starttls in server response, try anyway...
139872684926792:error:140770FC:SSL routines:SSL23_GET_SERVER_HELLO:unknown protocol:s23_clnt.c:699:
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no peer certificate available
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No client certificate CA names sent
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SSL handshake has read 315 bytes and written 147 bytes
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New, (NONE), Cipher is (NONE)
Secure Renegotiation IS NOT supported
Compression: NONE
Expansion: NONE
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Well I figured out the problem and there is nowhere this was documented. When you change out the mail.key and mail.pem (for mail the cert needs to be a pem no crt) you have to make sure these two files specifically have permissions of 600.

They are owned by root and can only be read and written to by root (permission 600). Once I changed those permissions it worked.
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