wording on openssl csr request very poor

Bug #117978 reported by PatRiehecky
This bug affects 1 person
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openssl (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

Binary package hint: openssl

when generating a new request you are prompted for

Common Name (eg, YOUR name) []:

I just had a junior admin fill this in with his name, this a mistake that could be avoided by simply getting this changed to something like

Common Name (eg, YOUR SERVER HOSTNAME) []:

The exact text could use some work, but putting something in there to point it to the server rather than the person would be a very nice.

Would have saved me about $385 as I got the nonsense cert signed.

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Adam Niedling (krychek) wrote :

What version of Ubuntu are you using? Is this still an issue?

Changed in openssl:
status: New → Incomplete
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PatRiehecky (jcpunk) wrote :

At the time it was 6.10, but I can confirm the same text is in 8.10.

Adam Niedling (krychek)
Changed in openssl:
status: Incomplete → New
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Steven Harms (sharms) wrote :

I can confirm this. I send the request upstream to <email address hidden> as the public is not allowed to file bugs on their tracker.


Currently when generating a CSR, the prompt says:

Common Name (eg, YOUR name) []:

-- This is confusing to many users. It has been suggested that this could read 'Common Name (eg, YOUR servers DNS name) []:' or something along those lines.

Changed in openssl:
status: New → Confirmed
B Bobo (yout-bobo123)
tags: added: documentation manpage
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