What is a CSR?
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What is a CSR?
The creation of a CSR is the first step in registering a SSL certificate. A CSR is a block of encrypted text that is created on the server that will use the certificate. It contains information that will be included in your certificate such as your organization name, common name or domain name, locality, and country.
It also contains the public key that will be included in your certificate. A private key is usually created at the same time that you create the CSR. A certificate authority (CA) will use the CSR to create your SSL certificate.
During the creation of the CSR, you will be prompted to provide certain information about your organization. The Web server software will use this information to create your Web server certificate's distinguished name (DN). Distinguished names uniquely identify individual servers.
After all of the necessary data is collected the CA will use this data to build the certificate. How a CSR is generated depends on the web server software used. Once the CSR is generated, it can be submitted to the CA. If the request is successfully validated, the CA will issue the SSL certificate.
The following information needed for a CSR:
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