A Web Tool for Generation and Management of digital Certificates
Digital Certificates are needed everywhere in today's world. They are used to enable secure SSL web traffic, e-mail encryption and other technologies.
To get a digital certificate, you'll either have to get one from a commercial provider (who usually charges $$$), or you have to install, configure and run your own certificate authority (also $$ and, at the very least something more to learn and manage, which is very time and resource consuming). Often we don't need the extensive functionality and complexity of a full CA management system.
As a result, I wrote WebCert to be able to quickly generate certificates on my own, and to enable my colleagues without knowledge of the details to do so as well. The first version became an instant hit with over 300 certificate generations per year. It encouraged me to improve it to the version you see here.
WebCert live URL
WebCert runs at http://webcert.fm4dd.com/
WebCert is using the OpenSSL libraries for certificate operations. It is not just a frontend to the openssl program, but independently written. It only requires standard C libraries, the OpenSSL libraries and the CGIC library from Thomas Boutell. As a result, you don't need to maintain any of the web-application enabling technologies like JSP, PHP, Phyton... It is using simple CGI technology for easiest installation and maintenance.
Thomas Boutell's CGIC library, see http://www.boutell.com/cgic/
OpenSSL libary and headers, see http://www.openssl.org/
Make sure you have:
in the Makefiles
Apart from the Makefiles in the root and src/ directories, check the file webcert.h in the src/ directory. The upper section can be configured to set the URL location and the default webcert parameters.
Making and installing WebCert:
vi Makefile and src/Makefile to adjust various path's for cgi and html destinations and ssl include and library directories
vi src/webcert.h to adjust the path's for your webserver and cert store (if you have one - for listing of local certificate copies)
vi src/certsign.h if you want to adjust certificate properties such as lifetime, extensions, comments, etc
make && make install "make install" expects a directory structure somewhere below your document root i.e. apache/htdocs/webcert containing the following sub directories: images cgi-bin style. The application is expected to be accessed via URL http://<www.yourdomain.com>/webcert.
don't forget to enable the cgi directory in your webserver, i.e. in apache's httpd.conf add the line: ScriptAlias /webcert/cgi-bin/ "/var/apache/htdocs/webcert/cgi-bin/"
A more complete installation procedure is provided in INSTALL.
It is highly adviseable to provide access control and SSL encryption to the WebCert interface for any use other then experimental. The webserver writeable certificate and export directory should be secured (i.e. by a Apache directive).
Copyright and License:
WebCert was written by Frank4DD. It is distributed under the GPL. Anybody may reproduce it, use it, send it, print it, transfer on a T-shirt, etc. without modifying its content or removing the copyright.
Of course this software and its created certificates come WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY.
Thanks and Credits:
- to Thomas Boutell for providing the CGIC library:
- to the authors of O'Reilly's book "Network Security with OpenSSL" who provided a guiding "light" in the OpenSSL jungle.
- to the authors of OpenSSL, whose code ensures that only the true & dedicated will learn its power ;-)
CGIC, copyright 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002 by Thomas Boutell and Boutell.Com, Inc.. Permission is granted to use CGIC in any application, commercial or noncommercial, at no cost. HOWEVER, this copyright paragraph must appear on a "credits" page accessible in the public online and offline documentation of the program. Modified versions of the CGIC library should not be distributed without the attachment of a clear statement regarding the author of the modifications, and this notice may in no case be removed. Modifications may also be submitted to the author for inclusion in the main CGIC distribution.