Howto Apache based WebDAV Server with LDAP and SSL

Posted on 4:17 PM by Bharathvn

This document is an HOWTO on installing a Apache based WebDAV server with
LDAP for authentication and SSL encryption.

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Table of Contents
1. Introduction
1.1. About this document
1.2. Contributions to the document
1.3. What is Apache?
1.4. What is WebDAV?
1.5. What is PHP?
1.6. What is mySQL?
1.7. What do we need?
1.8. Assumptions


2. Requirements
2.1. Basics
2.2. Apache 2.0.46
2.3. OpenSSL
2.4. iPlanet LDAP Library
2.5. mod_auth_ldap
2.6. mySQL DB Engine
2.7. PHP


3. Installation
3.1. Pre-requisites
3.2. mySQL
3.3. Apache 2.0
3.4. mod_auth_ldap
3.5. CERT DB for LDAPS://
3.6. PHP


4. Configuring and Setting up the WebDAV services
4.1. Modifications to the /usr/local/apache/conf/httpd.conf
4.2. Creating a directory for DAVLockDB
4.3. Enabling DAV
4.4. Create a Directory called DAVtest
4.5. Restart Apache
4.6. WebDAV server protocol compliance testing


5. WebDAV server management
5.1. Restricting access to DAV shares
5.2. Restricting write access to DAV shares


6. Implementing and using SSL to secure HTTP traffic
6.1. Introduction to SSL
6.2. Test Certificates
6.3. Certificates for Production use
6.4. How to generate a CSR
6.5. Installing Server Private Key, and Server Certificate
6.6. Removing passphrase from the RSA Private Key
6.7. SSL Performance Tuning


A. HTTP/HTTPS Benchmarking tools
B. Hardware based SSL encryption solutions
C. Certificate Authorities
Glossary of PKI Terms

1. Introduction

The Objective of this document in to Setup a Apache + mySQL + PHP + WebDAV
based Web Application Server, that uses LDAP for Authentication. The
documentation will also provide details on the encrypting LDAP transactions.

Note Note:
If you encounter any problems installing Apache or any of the modules
please feel free to contact me @
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1.1. About this document

This document was originally written in 2001. Since then many updates and new
additions have been made. Thanks to all the people who submitted updates and
corrections.

The XML source of this document is available at [http://www.xml-dev.com:8080/
cocoon/mount/docbook/Apache-WebDAV-LDAP-HOWTO.xml] http://www.xml-dev.com:
8080/cocoon/mount/docbook/Apache-WebDAV-LDAP-HOWTO.xml.

The latest version of the document is available at [http://www.xml-dev.com:
8080/cocoon/mount/docbook/Apache-WebDAV-LDAP-HOWTO.html] http://
www.xml-dev.com:8080/cocoon/mount/docbook/Apache-WebDAV-LDAP-HOWTO.html.
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1.2. Contributions to the document

If you like to contribute to the HOWTO, you can d/l the XML source from
[http://www.xml-dev.com:8080/cocoon/mount/docbook/
Apache-WebDAV-LDAP-HOWTO.xml] http://www.xml-dev.com:8080/cocoon/mount/
docbook/Apache-WebDAV-LDAP-HOWTO.xml , and send in the updated source to
saqib@seagate.com ALONG WITH YOUR NAME IN THE LIST OF AUTHORS AND REVISION
HISTORY :). That makes it easier for me contact the person if there are any
updates/corrections. Thanks.
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1.3. What is Apache?

The Apache HTTP Server is an open-source HTTP server for modern operating
systems including UNIX and Windows NT. It provides HTTP services in sync with
the current HTTP standards.

Thei Apache WebServer is available for free download from [http://
httpd.apache.org/] http://httpd.apache.org/
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1.4. What is WebDAV?

WebDAV stands for Web enabled Distributed Authoring and Versioning. It
provides a collaborative environment for users to edit/manage files on
web-servers. Technically DAV is an extension to the http protocol.

Here is a brief description of the extensions provided by DAV:

Overwrite Protection: Lock and Unlock mechanism to prevent the "lost update
problem". DAV protocol support both shared and exclusive locks.

Properties: Metadata (title, subject, creater, etc)

Name-space management: Copy, Rename, Move and Deletion of files

Access Control: Limit access to various resources. Currently DAV assumes
access control is already in place, and does not provide strong
authentication mechanism.

Versioning: Revision control for the documents. Versioning is not implemented
yet.
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1.5. What is PHP?

PHP (recursive acronym for "PHP: Hypertext Preprocessor") is a widely-used
Open Source general-purpose scripting language that is especially suited for
Web development and can be embedded into HTML.

PHP is available from [http://www.php.net] http://www.php.net
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1.6. What is mySQL?

MySQL, the most popular Open Source SQL database, is developed, distributed,
and supported by MySQL AB

mySQL DB Engine can be downloaded from [http://www.mysql.com/] http://
www.mysql.com/
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1.7. What do we need?

The tools needed to achieve this objective are:

i. C Compiler e.g. GCC

ii. Apache 2 Web Server

iii. LDAP Module for Apache

iv. iPlanet LDAP lib files

v. SSL engine

vi. PHP

vii. mySQL DB Engine


Note Note:
All of these packages are free and are available for download on the
net.
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1.8. Assumptions

This document assumes that you have the following already installed on your
system.

i. gzip or gunzip - available from [http://www.gnu.org] http://www.gnu.org

ii. gcc and GNU make - available from [http://www.gnu.org] http://www.gnu.org


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2. Requirements

You'll have to download and compile several packages. This document will
explain the compilation process, but you should be fimiliar with installing
from source code.
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2.1. Basics

You will need a machine running Solaris / Linux and GCC Compiler. GNU gnzip
and GNU tar is also needed.
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2.2. Apache 2.0.46

Apache is the HTTP server, it will be used to run the Web Application Server.
Please download the Apache 2.0.46 source code from [http://www.apache.org/
dist/httpd/] http://www.apache.org/dist/httpd/.
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2.3. OpenSSL

You will need to download the OpenSSL from [http://www.openssl.org/source/]
http://www.openssl.org/source/ . Please download the latest version. OpenSSL
installation will be used for SSL libraries for compiling mod_ssl with
Apache, and for managing SSL certificates on the WebServer. Please download
the OpenSSL source code gzipped file into /tmp/downloads
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2.4. iPlanet LDAP Library

Download the iPlanet LDAP SDK from [http://wwws.sun.com/software/download/
products/3ec28dbd.html] http://wwws.sun.com/software/download/products/
3ec28dbd.html. We will use iPlanet LDAP SDK, because it includes libraries
for ldaps:// (LDAP over SSL)
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2.5. mod_auth_ldap

mod_auth_ldap will be used for compiling LDAP support into Apache. Please
download mod_auth_ldap from [http://www.muquit.com/muquit/software/
mod_auth_ldap/mod_auth_ldap_apache2.html] http://www.muquit.com/muquit/
software/mod_auth_ldap/mod_auth_ldap_apache2.html
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2.6. mySQL DB Engine

Download the appropriate mySQL build for your platform from [http://
www.mysql.com/downloads/index.html] http://www.mysql.com/downloads/index.html
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2.7. PHP

Download the PHP source code from [http://www.php.net/downloads.php] http://
www.php.net/downloads.php
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3. Installation

First we hve take care of the few pre-requisites, and then we will get into
the main installtion.
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3.1. Pre-requisites

The application server as we plan to install, requires the SSL libraries and
LDAP libraries. SSL engine is also required for managing the SSL certs for
Apache 2.x
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3.1.1. iPlanet LDAP SDK

Become root by using the su command:
$ su -

Create the /usr/local/iplanet-ldap-sdk.5 directory. Copy the
ldapcsdk5.08-Linux2.2_x86_glibc_PTH_OPT.OBJ.tar.gz form /tmp/downloads to /
usr/local/iplanet-ldap-sdk.5 directory.
# mkdir /usr/local/iplanet-ldap-sdk.5
# cp /tmp/downloads/ldapcsdk5.08-Linux2.2_x86_glibc_PTH_OPT.OBJ.tar /usr/local/iplanet-ldap-sdk.5
# cd /usr/local/iplanet-ldap-sdk.5
# tar -xvf ldapcsdk5.08-Linux2.2_x86_glibc_PTH_OPT.OBJ.tar

Now you should have all the required iPlanet LDAP lib files in the correct
directory
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3.1.2. OpenSSL Engine

Next we need to install the OpenSSL Engine

OpenSSL is an open source implementation of the SSL/TLS protocol. It is
required to create and manage SSL certificates on the webserver. The
installion is also necessary for the lib files that will be used by the SSL
module for apache.

Change to the directory where you placed the OpenSSL source code files
# cd /tmp/download
# gzip -d openssl.x.x.tar.gz
# tar -xvf openssl.x.x.tar
# cd openssl.x.x
# make
# make test
# make install

Upon successful completion of the make install the openssl binaries should
reside in /usr/local/ssl
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3.2. mySQL

Installaing mySQL is quite simple. The downloaded binaries have to be place
in appropriate directory.

We start creating a user:group for mysql daemon, and copying the files to
appropriate directories.
# groupadd mysql
# useradd -g mysql mysql
# cd /usr/local
# gunzip < /path/to/mysql-VERSION-OS.tar.gz | tar xvf -
# ln -s full-path-to-mysql-VERSION-OS mysql

Next run the install_db script, and change permission on the files
# cd mysql
# scripts/mysql_install_db
# chown -R mysql .
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3.2.1. Starting mySQL

Now start the mySQL server to verify the installation
# bin/mysqld_safe --user=mysql &

Verify mySQL daemon is running, by using the ps -ef command. You should see
the following output:
# ps -ef | grep mysql
root 3237 1 0 May29 ? 00:00:00 /bin/sh bin/safe_mysqld
mysql 3256 3237 0 May29 ? 00:06:58 /usr/local/mysql/bin/mysqld --defaults-extra-file=/usr/local/mysql/data/my.cnf --basedir=/usr/local/mysql --datadir=/usr/local/mysql/data --user=mysql --pid-file=/usr/local/mysql/data/downloa
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3.2.2. Stopping mySQL

To stop the MySQL server, follow the instructions below
# cd /usr/local/mysql
# ./bin/mysqladmin -u root -p shutdown
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3.2.3. Locating Data Directory

mySQL deamon stores all the information in a direcory called "Data
Directory". If you followed the installation instructions above, your Data
Directory should be located under /use/local/mysql/data.

To locate where your Data Directory is located, use the mysqladmin utility as
follows:
# /usr/local/mysql/bin/mysqladmin variables -u root --password={your_password} | grep datadir
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3.3. Apache 2.0

Start by setting some FLAGS for the compiler
# export LDFLAGS="-L/usr/local/iplanet-ldap-sdk.5/lib/ -R/usr/local/iplanet-ldap-sdk.5/lib/:/usr/local/lib"
# export CPPFLAGS="-I/usr/local/iplanet-ldap-sdk.5/include"

Next UNTAR the apache 2.0 source files, and execute the configure script.
# cd /tmp/download
# gzip -d httpd-2.0.46.tar.gz
# tar -xvf httpd-2.0.46.tar
# cd httpd-2.0.46
#./configure --enable-so --with-ssl --enable-ssl --enable-rewrite --enable-dav

Next run the make command
# make
# make install
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3.3.1. Starting Apache

# /usr/local/apache2/bin/apachectl start
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3.3.2. Stopping Apache

# /usr/local/apache2/bin/apachectl stop
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3.4. mod_auth_ldap

Untar modauthldap_apache2.tar.gz
cd /tmp/download
# gzip -d modauthldap_apache2.tar.gz
# tar -xvf modauthldap_apache2.tar
# cd modauthldap_apache2

Now configure and install mod_auth_ldap
# ./configure --with-apxs=/usr/local/apache2/bin/apxs --with-ldap-dir=/usr/local/iplanet-ldap-sdk.5/
# make
# make install
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3.5. CERT DB for LDAPS://

You will also need to get the cert7.db and key7.db from [http://
www.xml-dev.com/xml/key3.db] http://www.xml-dev.com/xml/key3.db and [http://
www.xml-dev.com/xml/cert7.db] http://www.xml-dev.com/xml/cert7.db and place
it in the /usr/local/apache2/sslcert/directory.
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3.6. PHP

Unzip the PHP Source Files
gzip -d php-xxx.tar.gz
tar -xvf php-xxx.tar

Configure and run the make command
cd php-xxx
./configure --with-mysql --with-apxs=/usr/local/apache2/bin/apxs

Compile the source code
# make
# make install

Copy the php.ini file to the appropriate directory
cp php.ini-dist /usr/local/lib/php.ini
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4. Configuring and Setting up the WebDAV services

Now for the easy part. In this section we will WebDAV enable a directory
under Apache root.
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4.1. Modifications to the /usr/local/apache/conf/httpd.conf

Please verify that the following Apache directive appears in the /usr/local/
apache/conf/httpd.conf :

Addmodule mod_dav.c

If it does not please add it. This directive informs Apache about DAV
capability. The directive must be placed outside any container.

Next we must specify where Apache should store the DAVLockDB file. DAVLockDB
is a lock database for the WebDAV. This directory should be writable by the
httpd process.

I store the DAVLock file under /usr/local/apache/var. I use this directory
for other purposes as well. Please add the following line to your /usr/local/
apache/conf/httpd.conf to specify that the DAVLockDB file will be under /usr/
local/apache/var :

DAVLockDB /usr/local/apache/var/DAVLock

The directive must be placed outside any container.
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4.2. Creating a directory for DAVLockDB

As mentioned above a directory must be created for DAVLockDB that can be
written by the web server process. Usually web server process runs under the
user 'nobody' . Please verify this for your system using the command:
ps -ef | grep httpd
Under /usr/local/apache create the directory and set the permissions on it
using the following commands:

# cd /usr/local/apache
# mkdir var
# chmod -R 755 var/
# chown -R nobody var/
# chgrp -R nobody var/
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4.3. Enabling DAV

Enabling DAV is a trivial task. To enable DAV for a directory under Apache
root, just add the following directive in the container for that particular
directory:

DAV On

This directive will enable DAV for the directory and its sub-directories.

The following is a sample configuration that will enable WebDAV and LDAP
authentication on /usr/local/apache/htdocs/DAVtest. Place this in the /usr/
local/apache/conf/httpd.conf file.
DavLockDB /tmp/DavLock

Options Indexes FollowSymLinks
AllowOverride None
order allow,deny
allow from all
AuthName "SMA Development server"
AuthType Basic
LDAP_Debug On
#LDAP_Protocol_Version 3
#LDAP_Deref NEVER
#LDAP_StartTLS On
LDAP_Server you.ldap.server.com
#LDAP_Port 389
# If SSL is on, must specify the LDAP SSL port, usually 636
LDAP_Port 636
LDAP_CertDbDir /usr/local/apache2/sslcert
Base_DN "o=SDS"
UID_Attr uid
DAV On
#require valid-user
require valid-user
#require roomnumber "123 Center Building"
#require filter "(&(telephonenumber=1234)(roomnumber=123))"
#require group cn=rcs,ou=Groups

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4.4. Create a Directory called DAVtest

As mentioned in a earlier section, all DAV directories have to be writable by
the WebServer process. In this example we assume WebServer is running under
username 'nobody'. This is usually the case. To check httpd is running under
what user, please use:
# ps -ef | grep httpd

Create a test directory called 'DAVtest' under /usr/local/apache2/htdocs :

# mkdir /usr/local/apache/htdocs/DAVtest

Change the permissions on the directory to make it is read-writable by the
httpd process. Assuming the httpd is running under username 'nobody', use the
following commands:
# cd /usr/local/apache/htdocs
# chmod -R 755 DAVtest/
# chown -R nobody DAVtest/
# chgrp -R nobody DAVtest/
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4.5. Restart Apache

Finally you must run the configuration test routine that comes with Apache to
verify the syntax in httpd.conf :
# /usr/local/apache/bin/apachectl configtest

If you get error messages please verify that you followed all of the above
mentioned steps correctly. If you can not figure out the error message feel
free to email me with the error message ([mailto:saqib@seagate.com]
saqib@seagate.com).

If the configtest is successful start the apache web-server:

# /usr/local/apache/bin/apachectl restart

Now you have WebDAV enabled Apache Server with LDAP authentication and SSL
encryption.
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4.6. WebDAV server protocol compliance testing

It is very important that the WebDAV that we just implemented be fully
complaint with the WebDAV-2 protocol. If it is not fully compatible, the
client side WebDAV applications will not function properly.

To test the complaince we will use a tool called Litmus. Litmus is a WebDAV
server protocol compliance test suite, which aims to test whether a server is
compliant with the WebDAV protocol as specified in RFC2518.

Please download the Litmus source code from [http://www.webdav.org/neon/
litmus/] http://www.webdav.org/neon/litmus/ and place it in the /tmp/
downloads directory.

Then use gzip and tar to extract the files:
# cd /tmp/downloads
# gzip -d litmus-0.6.x.tar.gz
# tar -xvf litmus-0.6.x.tar
# cd litmus-0.6.x

Compiling and installing Litmus is easy:
# ./configure
# make
# make install

make install will install the Litmus binary files under /usr/local/bin and
the help files under /usr/local/man

To the test the complaince of the WebDAV server that you just installed,
please use the following command
# /usr/local/bin/litmus http://you.dav.server/DAVtest userid passwd
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5. WebDAV server management

In this section we will discuss about the various management task - e.g.
using LDAP for access control, and working with DAV method on Apache

Most of the configuration changes for the DAV will have to done using the
httpd.conf file. This file is located at /usr/local/apache/conf/httpd.conf

httpd.conf is a text based configuration file that Apache uses. It can b
editted using any text editor - I preffer using vi. Please make backup copy
of this file, before changing it.

After making changes to the httpd.conf the Apache server has to be restarted
using the /usr/local/apache/bin/apachectl restart command. However before
restarting you test for the validity of the httpd.conf by using the /usr/
local/apache/bin/apachectl configtest comand.
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5.1. Restricting access to DAV shares

In the previous section when we created the DAVtest share, we used the LDAP
for authentication purposes. However anyone who can authenticates using their
LDAP useri/passwd will be able to access that folder.

Using the require directive in the httpd.conf file, we can limit access to
certain individuals or groups of individuals.

If we look at the DAVtest configuration from the previosu section:

Dav On
#Options Indexes FollowSymLinks

AllowOverride None
order allow,deny
allow from all
AuthName "LDAP_userid_password_required"
AuthType Basic

Require valid-user

LDAP_Server ldap.server.com
LDAP_Port 389
Base_DN "o=ROOT"

UID_Attr uid

We see that the require is set to valid-user. Which means any valid
authenticated user has access to this folder.
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5.1.1. Restricting access based on Individual UID(s)

LDAP UID can be used to restrict access to DAV folder.

require valid-user directive can be changed to require user 334455 445566

This will restrict access to individuals with UID 334455 and 445566. Anyone
else will not be able to access this folder.
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5.1.2. Restricting access based on groups of individuals.

require can also be used to restrict access to groups of individuals. This
can be either done using LDAP groups or LDAP filters. The filter must be
valid LDAP filter syntax.
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5.2. Restricting write access to DAV shares

It maybe be required that the editting for the resources on the DAV shares be
restricted to certain individual, however anyone can view the resources. This
can be easily done using the tags in the httpd.conf file


Dav On
#Options Indexes FollowSymLinks

AllowOverride None
order allow,deny
allow from all
AuthName "LDAP_userid_password_required"
AuthType Basic

Require valid-user

LDAP_Server ldap.server.com
LDAP_Port 389
Base_DN "o=ROOT"

UID_Attr uid


You restrict write access to certain individuals by changing the to

Require 334455


Basically we are limiting the PUT POST DELETE PROPPATH MKCOL COPY MOVE LOCK
and UNLOCK to an individual who has the UID of 334455. Everone else will be
able to use the methods GET and PROPFIND on the resources, but not any other
method.
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6. Implementing and using SSL to secure HTTP traffic

Security of the data stored on a file server is very important these days.
Compromised data can cost thousands of dollars to company. In the last
section, we compiled LDAP authentication module into the Apache build to
provide a Authentication mechanism. However HTTP traffic is very insecure,
and all data is transferred in clear text - meaning, the LDAP authentication
(userid/passwd) will be transmitted as clear text as well. This creates a
problem. Anyone can sniff these userid/passwd and gain access to DAV store.
To prevent this we have to encrypt HTTP traffic, essentially HTTP + SSL or
HTTPS. Anything transferred over HTTPS is encrypted, so the LDAP userid/
passwd can not be easily deciphered. HTTPS runs on port 443. The resulting
build from the last section's compilation process will have Apache to listen
to both port 80 (normal HTTP) and 443 (HTTPS). If you are just going to use
this server for DAV, then I will highly suggest that you close port 80. In
this section of the HOWTO I will provide some information regarding SSL and
maintaining SSL on a Apache HTTP server.
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6.1. Introduction to SSL

SSL (Secure Socket Layer) is a protocol layer that exists between the
Network Layer and Application layer. As the name suggest SSL provides a
mechanism for encrypting all kinds of traffic - LDAP, POP, IMAP and most
importantly HTTP.

The following is a over-simplified structure of the layers involved in SSL.
+-------------------------------------------+
| LDAP | HTTP | POP | IMAP |
+-------------------------------------------+
| SSL |
+-------------------------------------------+
| Network Layer |
+-------------------------------------------+

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6.1.1. Encryption algorithms used in SSL

There are three kinds of cryptographic techniques used in SSL:
Public-Private Key, Symmetric Key, and Digital Signature.

Public-Private Key Crytography - Initiating SSL connection: In this
algorithm, encryption and decryption is performed using a pair of private and
public keys. The Web-server holds the private Key, and sends the Public key
to the client in the Certificate.

1. The client request content from the Web Server using HTTPS.

2. The web server responds with a Digital Certificate which includes the
server's public key.

3. The client checks to see if the certificate has expired.

4. Then the client checks if the Certificate Authority that signed the
certificate, is a trusted authority listed in the browser. This explains
why we need to get a certificate from a a trusted CA.

5. The client then checks to see if the Fully Qualified Domain Name (FQDN)
of the web server matches the Comman Name (CN) on the certificate?

6. If everything is successful the SSL connection is initiated.


Note Note:
Anything encrypted with Private Key can only be decrypted by using the
Public Key. Similarly anything encrypted using the Public Key can only
be decrypted using the Private Key. There is a common mis-conception
that only the Public Key is used for encryption and Private Key is used
for decryption. This is not case. Any key can be used for encryption/
decryption. However if one key is used for encryption then the other key
must be used for decryption. e.g. A message can not encrypted and then
decrypted using only the Public Key.

Using Private Key to encrypt and a Public Key to decrypt ensures the
integrity of the sender (owner of the Private Key) to the recipients.
Using Public Key to encrypt and a Private Key to decrypt ensures that
only the inteded recipient (owner of the Private Key) will have access
to the data.(i.e. only the person who holds the Private Key will be able
to decipher the message).

Symmetric Cryptography - Actual transmission of data: After the SSL
connection has been established, Symmetric cryptography is used for
encrypting data as it uses less CPU cycles. In symmetric cryptography the
data can be encrypted and decrypted using the same key. The Key for symmetric
cryptography is exchanged during the initiation process, using Public Key
Cryptography.

Message Digest The server uses message digest algoritm such as HMAC, SHA-1,
MD5 to verify the integrity of the transferred data.
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6.1.2. Ensuring Authenticity and Integrity

Encryption Process
Sender's Receiver's
PrivateKey PublicKey
,-. ,-.
( ).......... ( )..........
`-' ''''|'|'|| `-' ''''''''||
| | |
| | |
.----------. | | .----------. | .----------.
| | V | | | V | |
|Clear Text|--------->|CipherText|--------->|CipherText|
| | Step1 | 1 | Step2 | 2 |\
`----------' | `----------' `----------' \ __
| | \ [_'
| | step5 \ |
|Step3 | __ --|--
| | _.--' |
V | _..-'' / \
.---------. | .---------. _..-'' Receiver
| SHA 1 | V | Digital | _..-''
|MsgDigest|--------->|Signature|' _
`---------' Step4 `---------' _ (_)
_____ ____ ____ ____ _ _ ____ _| |_ _ ___ ____
| ___ | _ \ / ___)/ ___) | | | _ (_ _) |/ _ \| _ \
| ____| | | ( (___| | | |_| | |_| || |_| | |_| | | | |
|_____)_| |_|\____)_| \__ | __/ \__)_|\___/|_| |_|
(____/|_|


* Step1: In this step the Original "Clear Text" message is encrypted using
the Sender's Private Key, which results in Cipher Text 1. This ensures
the Authenticity of the sender.

* Step2: In this step the "CipherText 1" is encrypted using Receiver's
Public Key resulting in "CipherText 2". This will ensure the Authenticity
of the Receiver i.e. only the Receiver can decipher the Messsage using
his Private Key.

* Step3: Here the SHA1 Message Digest of the "Clear Text" is created.

* Step4: SHA1 Message Digest is then encrypted using Sender's Private Key
resulting in the Digital Signature of the "ClearText". This Digital
Signature can be used by the receiver to ensure the Integrity of the
message and authenticity of the Sender.

* Step5: The "Digital Signature" and the "CipherText 2" are then send to
the Receiver.


Decryption Process
Receiver's Sender's
PrivateKey PublicKey
,-. ,-.
( ).......... ( )..........
`-' ''''''''|| `-' '''''''|||
| | |
| | |
.----------. | .----------. | | .----------.
| | V | | V | | | .---#1----.
|CipherText|--------->|CipherText|--------->|ClearText |------>| SHA 1 |
| 2 | Step1 | 1 | Step2 | | | Step3 |MsgDigest|
`----------' `----------' | `----------' `---------'
| ||
| ||Step5
| ||
| ||
.---------. | .---------.
| Digital | V | SHA 1 |
|Signature|---------------------->|MsgDigest|
_ `---------' Step4 _ `---#2----'
| | _ (_)
__| |_____ ____ ____ _ _ ____ _| |_ _ ___ ____
/ _ | ___ |/ ___)/ ___) | | | _ (_ _) |/ _ \| _ \
( (_| | ____( (___| | | |_| | |_| || |_| | |_| | | | |
\____|_____)\____)_| \__ | __/ \__)_|\___/|_| |_|
(____/|_|

* Step1: In this step the "CipherText 2" message is decrypted using the
Receiver's Private Key, which results in Cipher Text 1.

* Step2: In this step the "CipherText 1" is decrypted using Sender's Public
Key resulting in "ClearText".

* Step3: Here the SHA1 Message Digest of the "Clear Text" is created.

* Step4: The "Digital Signature" is then decrypted using Sender's Public
Key, resulting the "SHA 1 MSG Digest".

* Step5: The "SHA1 MsgDigest #1" is then compared against "SHA1 MsgDigest #
2". If they are equal, the data was not modified during transmission, and
the integrity of the Original "Clear Text" has been maintained


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6.2. Test Certificates

While compiling Apache we created a test certificate. We used the makefile
provided by mod_ssl to create this custom Certificate. We used the command:
# make certificate TYPE=custom

This certificate can be used for testing purposes.
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6.3. Certificates for Production use

For production use you will need a certificate from a Certificate Authority
(hereafter CA). Certificate Authorities are certificate vendors, who are
listed as a Trusted CA in the user's browser. As mentioned in the Encryption
Algorithms section, if the CA is not listed as a trusted authority, your user
will get a warning message when trying to connect to a secure location.

Similarly the test certificates will also cause a warning message to appear
on the user's browser.
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6.4. How to generate a CSR

CSR or Certificate Signing Request must be sent to the trusted CA for
signing. This section discusses howto create a CSR, and send it to the CA of
your choice. # openssl req command can be used to a CSR as follows:
# cd /usr/local/apache/conf/
# /usr/local/ssl/bin/openssl req -new -nodes -keyout private.key -out public.csr
Generating a 1024 bit RSA private key
............++++++
....++++++
writing new private key to 'private.key'
-----
You are about to be asked to enter information that will be incorporated
into your certificate request.
What you are about to enter is what is called a Distinguished Name or a DN.
There are quite a few fields but you can leave some blank
For some fields there will be a default value,
If you enter '.', the field will be left blank.
-----
Country Name (2 letter code) [AU]:US
State or Province Name (full name) [Some-State]:California
Locality Name (eg, city) []:San Jose
Organization Name (eg, company) [Internet Widgits Pty Ltd]:Seagate
Organizational Unit Name (eg, section) []:Global Client Server
Common Name (eg, YOUR name) []:xml.seagate.com
Email Address []:saqib@seagate.com

Please enter the following 'extra' attributes
to be sent with your certificate request
A challenge password []:badpassword
An optional company name []:


Note "PRNG not seeded"
If you do not have /dev/random on your system you will get a "PRNG not seeded" error message. In that
case you can use the following command:
# /usr/local/ssl/bin/openssl req -rand some_file.ext -new -nodes -keyout private.key -out public.csr

Replace some_file.ext with the name of a existing file on your file system. Any file can be specified.
Openssl will use that file to generate the seed

Solaris 9 comes with /dev/random. However on Solaris you might have to install the [http://
sunsolve.sun.com/pub-cgi/findPatch.pl?patchId=112438] 112438 patch to get the /dev/random

At this point you will be asked several questions about your server to
generate the Certificate Singning Request

Note: Your Common Name (CN) is the Fully Qualified DNS (FQDN) name of your
webserver e.g. dav.server.com . If you put in anything else, it will NOT
work. Remember the password that you use, for future reference.

Once the process is complete, you will have private.key and a public.csr .
You will need to submit the public.csr to the Certification Authority. At
this pointe the public.key is not encrypted. To encrypt:
# mv private.key private.key.unecrpyted
# /usr/local/ssl/bin/openssl rsa -in private.key.unecrpyted -des3 -out private.key
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6.5. Installing Server Private Key, and Server Certificate

Once the Certification Authority processes your request, they will send an
encoded certificate (Digital Certificate) back to you. The Digital
Certificate is in the format defined by X.509 v3. The following shows the
structure of a typical X509 v3 Digital Certificate

* Certificate

+ Version

+ Serial Number

+ Algorithm ID

+ Issuer


+ Validity

+
o Not Before

o Not After



+ Subject


+ Subject Public Key Info

+
o Public Key Algorithm

o RSA Public Key



+ Extensions


* Certificate Signature Algorithm

* Certificate Signature


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6.5.1. Verifying a Digital Certificate

To verify a X.509 Certificate use the following command
# openssl verify server.crt
server.crt: OK

Where server.crt is the name of the file that contains the Digital
Certificate
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6.5.2. Viewing the contents of a Digital Certificate

The contents of a Digital Certificate can be viewed by using the # openssl
x509 command as follows:
# openssl x509 -text -in server.crt
Certificate:
Data:
Version: 3 (0x2)
Serial Number: 312312312 (0x0)
Signature Algorithm: md5WithRSAEncryption
Issuer: C=US, O=GTE Corporation, CN=GTE CyberTrust Root
Validity
Not Before: Feb 8 03:25:50 2000 GMT
Not After : Feb 8 03:25:50 2001 GMT
Subject: C=US, ST=New York, L=Pelham, O=xml-dev, OU=web, CN=www.xml-dev.com/Email=saqib@xml-dev.com
Subject Public Key Info:
Public Key Algorithm: rsaEncryption
RSA Public Key: (1024 bit)
Modulus (1024 bit):
............
............
Exponent: 65537 (0x10001)
Signature Algorithm: md5WithRSAEncryption
............
............


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6.5.3. Modifying the httpd.conf to Install the Certificates

You will need to place this certificate on the server, and tell Apache where
to find it.

For this example, the Private Key is placed in the /usr/local/apache2/conf/
ssl.key/ directory, and the Sever Certificate is placed in the /usr/local/
apache2/conf/ssl.crt/.

Copy the file received from the Certification to a file called server.crt in
the /usr/local/apache2/conf/ssl.crt/.

And place the private.key generated in the previous step in the /usr/local/
apache2/conf/ssl.key/

Then modify the /usr/local/apache2/conf/ssl.conf to point to the correct
Private Key and Server Certificate files:
# Server Certificate:
# Point SSLCertificateFile at a PEM encoded certificate. If
# the certificate is encrypted, then you will be prompted for a
# pass phrase. Note that a kill -HUP will prompt again. Keep
# in mind that if you have both an RSA and a DSA certificate you
# can configure both in parallel (to also allow the use of DSA
# ciphers, etc.)
SSLCertificateFile /usr/local/apache2/conf/ssl.crt/server.crt
#SSLCertificateFile /usr/local/apache2/conf/ssl.crt/server-dsa.crt

# Server Private Key:
# If the key is not combined with the certificate, use this
# directive to point at the key file. Keep in mind that if
# you've both a RSA and a DSA private key you can configure
# both in parallel (to also allow the use of DSA ciphers, etc.)
SSLCertificateKeyFile /usr/local/apache2/conf/ssl.key/private.key
#SSLCertificateKeyFile /usr/local/apache2/conf/ssl.key/server-dsa.key
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6.6. Removing passphrase from the RSA Private Key

RSA Private Key stored on the webserver is usually encrypted, and you need a
passphrase to parse the file. That is why you are prompted for a passphrase
when start Apache with modssl:


# apachectl startssl
Apache/1.3.23 mod_ssl/2.8.6 (Pass Phrase Dialog)
Some of your private key files are encrypted for security reasons.
In order to read them you have to provide us with the pass phrases.
Server your.server.dom:443 (RSA)
Enter pass phrase:

Encrypting the RSA Private Key is very important. If a cracker gets hold of
your "Unencrypted RSA Private Key" he/she can easily impersonate your
webserver. If the Key is encrypted, the cracker can not do anything without
brute forcing the passphrase. Use of a strong (ie: long) passphrase is
encouraged.

However encrypting the Key can sometimes be nuisance, since you will be
prompted for a passphrase everytime you start the web-server. Especially if
you are using rc scripts to start the webserver at boot time. The prompt for
a passphrase will stop the boot process, waiting for your input.

You can get rid of the passphrase prompt easily by decrypting the Key.
However make sure that no one can hold of this Key. I would recommend
Hardening and Securing guidelines be followed before decrypting the Key on
the webserver.

To decrypt the Key:

First make a copy of the encrypted key

# cp server.key server.key.cryp

Then re-write the key with encryption. You will be prompted for the original
encrypted Key passphrase

# /usr/local/ssl/bin/openssl rsa -in server.key.cryp -out server.key
read RSA key
Enter PEM pass phrase:
writing RSA key

One way to secure the decrypted Private Key is to make readable only by the
root:
# chmod 400 server.key
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6.7. SSL Performance Tuning

6.7.1. Inter Process SSL Session Cache

Apache uses a multi-process model, in which all the request are NOT handled
by the same process. This causes the SSL Session Information to be lost when
a Client makes multiple requests. Multiple SSL HandShakes causes lot of
overhead on the webserver and the client. To avoid this, SSL Session
Information must be stored in a inter-process Session Cache, allowing all the
processes to have access to to handshake information. SSLSessionCache
Directive the in /usr/local/apache2/conf/ssl.conf file can be used to specify
the location of the SSL Session Cache:
SSLSessionCache shmht:logs/ssl_scache(512000)
#SSLSessionCache shmcb:logs/ssl_scache(512000)
#SSLSessionCache dbm:logs/ssl_scache
SSLSessionCacheTimeout 300

Using dbm:logs/ssl_scache creates the Cache as DBM hashfile on the local
disk.

Using shmht:logs/ssl_scache(512000) creates the Cache in Shared Memory
Segment

Note shmht vs shmcb
shmht: uses a Hash Table to Cache the SSL HandShake Information in the
Shared Memory

shmht: uses a Cyclic Buffer to Cache the SSL HandShake Informationin the
Shared Memory

Note Note:
Not all platforms/OS support creation of Hash table in the Shared
Memory. So dbm:logs/ssl_scache must be used instead
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6.7.2. Verifying SSLSession Cache

To verify if the SSLSessionCache is working properly, you can use the openssl
utility with the -reconnect as follows:
# openssl s_client -connect your.server.dom:443 -state -reconnect

CONNECTED(00000003)
.......
.......
Reused, TLSv1/SSLv3, Cipher is EDH-RSA-DES-CBC3-SHA
SSL-Session:
.....
Reused, TLSv1/SSLv3, Cipher is EDH-RSA-DES-CBC3-SHA
SSL-Session:
.....
Reused, TLSv1/SSLv3, Cipher is EDH-RSA-DES-CBC3-SHA
SSL-Session:
.....
Reused, TLSv1/SSLv3, Cipher is EDH-RSA-DES-CBC3-SHA
SSL-Session:
.....
Reused, TLSv1/SSLv3, Cipher is EDH-RSA-DES-CBC3-SHA
SSL-Session:
.....

-reconnect forces the s_client to connect to the server 5 times using the
same SSL session ID. You should see 5 attempts of Reusing the same Session-ID
as shown above.
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A. HTTP/HTTPS Benchmarking tools

The following is a list of some of the OpenSource BenchMarking tools for
WebServers

i. [http://distcache.sourceforge.net/] SSLswamp - For stress-testing/
benchmarking connction to a SSL enable server

ii. [http://www.hpl.hp.com/personal/David_Mosberger/httperf.html] HTTPERF - A
Tool for Measuring Web Server Performance

iii. [http://httpd.apache.org/docs-2.1/en/programs/ab.html] ab - Apache HTTP
server benchmarking tool


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B. Hardware based SSL encryption solutions

The following is a Hardware Based SSL encryption solution available:

i. [http://www.ncipher.com] CHIL (Cryptographic Hardware Interface Library)
by nCipher

ii. [http://httpd.apache.org/docs-2.1/en/programs/ab.html] ab - Apache HTTP
server benchmarking tool


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C. Certificate Authorities

The following is list of Certificate Authorities that are trusted by the
various browsers:

i. [http://www.baltimore.com/] Baltimore

ii. [http://www.entrust.com/] Entrust

iii. [http://www.globalsign.net/] GeoTrust

iv. [http://www.thawte.com] Thawte

v. [http://www.trustcenter.de/] TrustCenter


Glossary of PKI Terms

A

Asymmetric Cryptography
In this Cryptography a Key Pair - Private and Public Key is used. Private
Key is kept secret and the Public Key is Widely distributed.


C

Certificate
A Data Record that contains the information as defined in the X.509
Format.

Certificate Authority (CA) (CA)
Issuer of the Digital Certificate. Also validates the Identity of the
End-Entity that posseses the Digital Certificate.

Certificate Signing Request (CSR) (CSR)
Certificate Signing Request (CSR) is what you send to a Certifiate
Authority (CA) to get enrolled. A CSR contains the Public Key of the
End-Entity that is a requesting the Digital Certificate.

Common Name (CN) (CN)
Common Name is the name of the End-Entity e.g. Saqib Ali. If the
End-Entity is a WebServer the CN is the Fully Qualified Domain Name
(FQDN) of the WebServer


D

Digital Certificate
A certificate that binds a Public Key to a Subject (end-entity). This
certificate also contains other indentifying information about the
subject as defined in the X.509 Format. It is signed by Issuing CA, using
CA's pivate key. e.g. of a digital certificate

Digital Signature
A Digital Signature is created by signing the Message Digest (Message
Hash) using the Private Key. It ensures the Identity of the Sender, and
the Integrity of the Data.


E

End-Entity
An entity that participates in the PKI. Usually a Server, Service,
Router, or a Person. A CA is not a End-Entity. An RA is an End-Entity to
the CA


H

Hash
A hash is Hexadecimal number generated from a string of text such that,
no two different strings can produce the same hash.

HMAC: Keyed Hashing for Message Authentication (HMAC)
HMAC is an implementation of Message Authentication Code Algorithm.


M

Message Authentication Code (MAC)
Similar to a Message Digest (Hash/Fingerprint), except the Shared Secret
Key is used in the process of calculating the Hash. Since a shared secret
key is used, an attacker can not change the Message Digest. However the
shared secret key has to be first communicated to the participating
entities, unlike Digital Signature where Message Digest is signed using
the Private Key. HMAC is an example of a Message Authentication Code
Algorithm.

Message Digest 5 - MD5 (MD5)
Message Digest 5 (MD5) is a 128-bit one-way hash function


P

Private Key
Private Key is the Key in Asymmetric Cryptography that is kept secret by
the owner (End-Entity). Can be used for encryption or decryption

Public Key
Public Key is the Key in Asymmetric Cryptography that is widely
distributed. Can be used for encryption or decryption

Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) (PKI)
Public Key Infrastructure


S

SHA-1: Secure Hash Algorithm (MD5)
Secure Hash Algorithm (SHA-1) is a 160-bit one-way hash function. Maximum
message is 2^64 bits.

Secure Socket Layer (SSL) (SSL)
Secure Socket Layer (SSL) is a security protocol that provides
authentication (Digital Certificate), confidentiality (encryption), and
data integrity (Message Digest - MD5, SHA etc).

Symmetric Cryptography
In this cryptography the message the encrypted and decrypted by the same
key. (((n^2-n))/2) keys are required for n users who want to participate
in this system of cryptography.