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Re: [EP-tech] Repository Server Upgrade SSL

Hi James,

SSL config loading is a bit weird in EPrints and does things I would describe as the other way round.  Specifically for eprints.conf you need:

Include /opt/eprints3/cfg/apache.conf
Include /opt/eprints3/archives/*/ssl/securevhost.conf

You need to manually build the latter of these two in all your archives rather than creating this in /opt/eprints3/cfg/apache_ssl/uolrepo.conf.  The files in the directory should be generated by generate_apacheconf a long with the ones in /opt/eprints3/cfg/apache/.  What you do need to do with ssl/securevhost.conf (technically this could be anywhere as long as your sites-enabled/eprints.conf points at it) is similar is make sure it includes the generate file for the appropriate archive from /opt/eprints3/cfg/apache_ssl/ as per the example in:



David Newman
P.S. A file (which can be include in securevhost.conf) will only be created by generate_apacheconf under cfg/apache_ssl/ if the archive has a securehost set in 10_core.pl or at least some archive level cfg/cfg.d/  file.

On 14/06/2024 6:10 am, James Kerwin wrote:
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Hi All,

I did the big switchover to my new repository server yesterday.

Had a number of problems with getting SSL to work. I'm now at the point where I can go to the url:


But it loads the default Apache page. This feels like a step forwards as yesterday Apache was telling me my certificate files didn't exist.

Can anybody please advise me?

In /etc/apache2/sites-enabled/eprints.conf I have:

Include /opt/eprints3/cfg/apache.conf
<Location /server-status>
    SetHandler server-status
    Order deny,allow
    Deny from all
    Allow from localhost

In /opt/eprints3/cfg/apache.conf I have:

# Load the perl modules & repository configurations
PerlSwitches -I/opt/eprints3/perl_lib
Include /opt/eprints3/cfg/perl_module_isolation.conf

# Load the per-repository apache configuration
Include /opt/eprints3/cfg/apache/*.conf
Include /opt/eprints3/cfg/apache_ssl/*.conf

In /opt/eprints3/cfg/apache_ssl/uolrepo.conf I have what looks to be the correct conf based on it being similar in structure to that I use on the Data Catalogue. I think it's safe enough to share the below.

If anyone can help I would be eternally grateful and forever in your debt.

<VirtualHost *:443>
  ServerName livrepository.liverpool.ac.uk

  ServerAdmin jkerwin@liverpool.ac.uk
  SSLEngine On
  #SSLCertificateFile /var/tmp/270324-ssl-certs/repo-live_liv_ac_uk_cert.cer
  #SSLCertificateKeyFile /var/tmp/270324-ssl-certs/liv-repo-live.key
  #SSLCertificateChainFile /var/tmp/270324-ssl-certs/repo-live_liv_ac_uk_interm.cer
  SSLCertificateFile /opt/eprints3/certs/repo-live_liv_ac_uk_cert.cer
  SSLCertificateKeyFile /opt/eprints3/certs/liv-repo-live.key
  SSLCertificateChainFile /opt/eprints3/certs/repo-live_liv_ac_uk_interm.cer
  Header always set Strict-Transport-Security "max-age=15768000"  
  SSLProtocol             all -SSLv3
  SSLHonorCipherOrder     on
  SSLCompression          off
  <Location "">
    PerlSetVar EPrints_ArchiveID uolrepo
    PerlSetVar EPrints_Secure yes

    Options +ExecCGI
    <IfModule mod_authz_core.c>
       Require all granted
    <IfModule !mod_authz_core.c>
       Order allow,deny
       Allow from all

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