We are assuming that you already have installed a working Tomcat server in your system.
Step 1 – Create a KeystoreA Java KeyStore (JKS) is a repository of security certificates. keytool is the command-line utility for creating and managing Keystore. This command is available with JDK and JRE both. We just need to make sure that JDK or JRE is configured with the PATH environment variable.
$ keytool -genkey -alias svr1.tecadmin.net -keyalg RSA -keystore /etc/pki/keystore[Samle Output]
Enter keystore password: Re-enter new password: What is your first and last name? [Unknown]: Rahul Kumar What is the name of your organizational unit? [Unknown]: Web What is the name of your organization? [Unknown]: TecAdmin Inc. What is the name of your City or Locality? [Unknown]: Delhi What is the name of your State or Province? [Unknown]: Delhi What is the two-letter country code for this unit? [Unknown]: IN Is CN=Rahul Kumar, OU=Web, O=TecAdmin Inc., L=Delhi, ST=Delhi, C=IN correct? [no]: yes Enter key password for (RETURN if same as keystore password): Re-enter new password:
Step 2 – Get CA Signed SSL [ Ignore SelfSigned Users ]You don’t need to do this step if you are going to use a self-signed SSL certificate. If you want to purchase a valid SSL from certificate authorities, then you need to first create a CSR, use the following command to do it. Create CSR:
$ keytool -certreq -keyalg RSA -alias svr1.tecadmin.net -file svr1.csr -keystore /etc/pki/keystoreThe above command will prompt for Keystore password and generate the CSR file. Use this CSR and purchase ssl certificate from any certificate authorities. After being issued the certificate by CA, you will have the following files – root certificate, intermediate certificate, and certificate file. In my case the filenames are A. root.crt (root certificate) B. intermediate.crt (intermediate certificate) C. svr1.tecadmin.net.crt ( Issued certificate by CA ) Install the root certificate:
$ keytool -import -alias root -keystore /etc/pki/keystore -trustcacerts -file root.crtInstall the intermediate certificate:
$ keytool -import -alias intermed -keystore /etc/pki/keystore -trustcacerts -file intermediate.crtInstall the issued certificate:
$ keytool -import -alias svr1.tecadmin.net -keystore /etc/pki/keystore -trustcacerts -file svr1.tecadmin.net.crt
Step 3 – Setup Tomcat KeystoreNow go to your Tomcat installation directory and edit conf/server.xml file in your favorite editor and update the configuration as below. You may also change the port from 8443to some other port if required.
Step 4 – Restart TomcatUse your init script (if have) to restart tomcat service, In my case, I use shell scripts (startup.sh and shutdown.sh) for stopping and starting tomcat.