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SSL, or secure socket layer, certificates are essential for encrypting data to be transmitted between a web server and browser. For Microsoft Azure websites, installing an SSL certificate is relatively straightforward and simple. In this article, we will discuss the necessary steps required to install an SSL certificate on Microsoft Azure.
Upon receiving the SSL certificates from the Certificate Authority, unzip and extract their contents to your device for quick access.
The next step is to merge the server, root, and intermediate certificates from separate files into a single file.
Make sure you paste the content of the certificates in the following sequence:
Once you have completed the merging process for your SSL certificate, be sure to export the full PFX file including both private key and certificate.
We will be using OpenSSL to export the certificate. Open the command prompt and type in:
openssl pkcs12 -export -inkey privateKey.key -in certFileName.crt -certfile CACertificate.crt -out nameYouWantForPFX.pfx
Replace “privateKey.key” with the name of your private key file, “certFileName.crt” with the certificate you just merged, and “CACertificate.crt” with the Certificate Authority certificate.
Bind the Certificate with following steps
After completing these steps, your SSL certificate should be installed, and you can now access your website securely.
If you are still having trouble installing your SSL certificate, make sure to check the following:
If these steps do not work, contact your Certificate Authority or Microsoft Azure Support for further assistance.
SSL 3.0 is an outdated cryptographic protocol with known vulnerabilities, so it is not provided in Azure. Microsoft has deprecated the use of SSL 3.0 & recommends using TLS 1.2 or higher instead, as they are more secure protocols. For improved security, Azure also recommends enabling HTTP Strict Transport Security (HSTS) on your applications to help ensure that all requests are served over HTTPS. Additionally, disabling insecure protocols like SSL 3.0 ensures that only secure connections can be established between a client and server when using Azure services.
The minimum requirement for installing an SSL Certificate on Microsoft Azure is that it must be in PFX format with a private key & all the necessary certificates (server certificate, intermediate certificates, root certificate). Additionally, you need access to your Azure account & have the correct permissions to install the certificate.