I remember struggling to get my head around Apache Webserver file permissions. It's a common issue, and I've seen forum posts this weekend with users struggling to get it right. That s what's prompted this post.
To allow the Apache web server process (httpd) to access and serve files from virtual host directories, httpd requires at least read access. However, with content management systems, httpd might also require write access to virtual host directories.
I recently had to renew my self-signed SSL certificate used to publish my Outlook Web Access with Microsoft ISA Server 2004. As it’s been a while since I’ve done OWA publishing, I found myself scrambling for information on the internet until I eventually managed to compile this document. As I would like to use this again in the future, I though I'd post it here for reference.
I always used to use the Microsoft Windows Certification Authority to sign my own SSL certificates, but as I don’t really like the way the Windows Certification Authority does things, and I do like the way OpenSSL does things, so I opted to use OpenSSL on good old trustworthy openSUSE Linux to:
Create a new Certification Authority that I can use for all my private sites
Create a new x509 SSL Certificate to replace the current soon-to-expire SSL certificate in use by my OWA setup.