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openssl – how to disable passphrase prompt on apache2 restart

Whenever apache2 restart and you have to manualy Enter the pass phrase of your ssl key.

To automatically start/restart apache2 without the prompt dialog, you can either store the passphrase in a secure folder or remove the password.

OPTION 1. store passphrase:

from your ssl.conf under /etc/apache2/mods-enabled/ssl.conf

SSLPassPhraseDialog  exec:/securepath/to/passphrase-file

then create passphrase-file and type

echo "passphrase"

save file then make it executable

# chmod +x /passphrase-file


OPTION 2. Remove password:

# openssl rsa -in website.com.key -out website.com.key.nopass

then from update the location of your key file in your apache2 virtual hosts.



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