To generate a CSR, you first need to create a key pair for your server. These two items are a digital certificate key pair and cannot be separated. If you lose your public/private key file or your password and generate a new one, your SSL Certificate will no longer match your private key. You will have to request a new SSL Certificate and may be charged.

The CSR needs to contain the following attributes:

- Country Name (C): Use the two-letter code without punctuation for country, for example: US or CA.
- State or Province (S): Spell out the state completely; do not abbreviate the state or province name, for example: California.
- Locality or City (L): The Locality field is the city or town name, for example: Berkeley.
- Organization (O): If your company or department has an &, @, or any other symbol using the shift key in its name, you must spell out the symbol or omit it to enroll, for example: XY & Z Corporation would be XYZ Corportation or XY and Z Corportation.
- Organizational Unit (OU): This field is the name of the department or organization unit making the request.
- Common Name (CN): The Common Name is the Host + Domain Name. It looks like “www.company.com” or “company.com”.

Note: VeriSign certificates can only be used on Web servers using the Common Name specified during enrollment. For example, a certificate for the domain “domain.com” will receive a warning if accessing a site named “www.domain.com” or “secure.domain.com”, because ”www.domain.com” and “secure.domain.com” are different from “domain.com”.

VeriSign recommends that you contact for IBM additional information.

Generate a Key Pair and CSR

Step 1: Generate a keypair
Use the utility “openssl” to generate the key and CSR.
  1. This utility comes with the OpenSSL package. You usually install it under /usr/local/ssl/bin. (If you have installed openssl elsewhere you will need to adjust these instructions appropriately).
  2. Generate a private key using the following command:  openssl genrsa -des3 1024 > verisign.key
    Note: For Extended Validation certificates the key bit length must be 2048.

Step 2: Generate a Certificate Signing Request (CSR)

  1. Change directory to your SSL Certificate directory: cd /usr/local/ssl/crt
  2. Generate a CSR using the following command:
    openssl req -new -key ./verisign.key > verisign.csr
    You have just created a key pair and a CSR.
  3. To copy and paste the information into the enrollment form, open the file verisign.csr in a text editor that does not add extra characters (Notepad or vi are recommended).
  4. Paste the information into the enrollment form when prompted for the CSR.

Contact Information

During the verification process, VeriSign may need to contact your organization. Be sure to provide an email address, phone number, and fax number that will be checked and responded to quickly. These fields are not part of the certificate.