[Dovecot] trying to configre dovecot

Noel Butler noel.butler at ausics.net
Mon Jul 15 10:58:39 EEST 2013

On Sun, 2013-07-14 at 21:38 -0700, Professa Dementia wrote:
> On 7/14/2013 9:03 PM, Gene Heskett wrote:

> > 
> > Guessing between the lines I made a few substitutions to localize it for 
> > me, but when I run the line to dump the configs, the output is very short 
> > because I do not have the *.pem files.
> > 
> > Where can a usable set of these ssl 'keyfiles' be obtained?
> $ openssl genrsa -out server.key 2048
> $ openssl req -sha256 -new -key server.key -out server.csr
> $ openssl x509 -req -days 3650 -in server.csr -signkey server.key -out
> server.crt
> $ cat server.key server.crt > server.pem
> Run the four commands.  You will have a key file, certificate signing
> request file, a self signed cert and a pem file which is the

simplified:  (4 lines into 1)

openssl req -x509 -days 3650 -nodes -newkey rsa:4096 -keyout mail.pem
-out mail.pem

> if you want real security, you need to have your cert signed by a real
> certificate authority (CA).

good idea, a self sign cert is fine for playing around, however there
are some situations some clients might get upset at SSC's in production,
either way, if you want a free "real" certificate for your mail server
(inc webmail), have a look at the offerings from startssl.com

dont know if your linked site gave you any this sicne I've just returned
from a break and catching up on some 1700 posts under my list a/c :)
(which most will be 'mark all as read'), but anyway

in this case use:
openssl req -new -newkey rsa:4096 -days 365 -nodes -keyout mail.key -out

submit your csr file to startssl (or other provider), and get your
mail.crt file _and_ the class1/CA files (they should offer them to you
to d/l)

Typically, I keep hte key separate and would use something like

cat mail.crt /etc/ssl/CA/sub.class1.server.ca.pem /etc/ssl/CA/ca.pem >

and in dovecot:
ssl_cert_file = /etc/ssl/certs/dovecot.pem
ssl_key_file = /etc/ssl/certs/mail.key

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