letsencrypt yay


This is a amazing product that is opensource. I recently decided that this was going to be the way I get my ssl certificates for everything I do. I was lucky to get into the beta invitation only. It works great. Every 90 days you have regen your certificates but thats not a big deal because they give you tools to do it.


So you get this going to your going to need to check out their repo.

git clone https://github.com/letsencrypt/letsencrypt
  cd letsencrypt
  ./letsencrypt-auto --server \
      https://acme-v01.api.letsencrypt.org/directory --help

Next after you get your domains submitted for the beta and registered you will want to do the following commands. Heres how for apache:

./letsencrypt-auto --apache --server https://acme-v01.api.letsencrypt.org/directory --agree-dev-preview

For standalone Apache you would do the following:

./letsencrypt-auto certonly -a standalone \
  -d example.com -d www.example.com \
  --server https://acme-v01.api.letsencrypt.org/directory --agree-dev-preview

If your like me and use nginx for your server you will need to do the following to get it working:

./letsencrypt-auto certonly -a manual -d www.stbtx.com -d example.com -d blog.example.com --webroot-path /var/www/html --server https://acme-v01.api.letsencrypt.org/directory --agree-dev-preview

Then you will need to do the following openssl command:

openssl dhparam -out dhparam.pem 4096

Then in the Nginx server block add the following SSL configuration:

# SSL configuration
	listen 443 ssl default_server;
	listen [::]:443 ssl default_server;
	ssl_certificate /etc/letsencrypt/live/{domain}/fullchain.pem;
    	ssl_certificate_key /etc/letsencrypt/live/{domain}/privkey.pem;
    	ssl_session_timeout 1d;
    	ssl_session_cache shared:SSL:10m;
    	ssl_session_tickets off;
	    # openssl dhparam -out dhparam.pem 2048
    	ssl_dhparam /etc/nginx/dhparam.pem;

    	ssl_protocols TLSv1.1 TLSv1.2;
    	ssl_prefer_server_ciphers on;

    	add_header Strict-Transport-Security max-age=15768000;

    	ssl_stapling on;
    	ssl_stapling_verify on;

    	## verify chain of trust of OCSP response using Root CA and Intermediate certs
    	#ssl_trusted_certificate /path/to/root_CA_cert_plus_intermediates; ## Addition CA certs
    	ssl_trusted_certificate /etc/letsencrypt/live/{domain}/chain.pem;
    	resolver valid=86400;
	resolver_timeout 10;

Restart your nginx server and you will be golden. This will support HSTS, SPDY and SSL.

There you have deployed letencrypt certificates to your server woot! :) Great job!