This section provides task descriptions about using SSL for Windows systems.
During installation, if you choose the HTTPS protocol, Agent for Apache HTTP Server is automatically configured and ready to communicate over SSL. Before proceeding with the tasks in this section, ensure that the Apache HTTP Server instance is configured for SSL.
You should have a solid understanding of SSL concepts and the security certificates required to enable communication over the HTTPS protocol. See the documentation for the Apache HTTP Server server.
This section only applies when Access Manager itself is running SSL. By default, Agent for Apache HTTP Server trusts any server certificate presented over SSL by the Access Manager host. The web agent does not check the root Certificate Authority (CA) certificate. If the Access Manager host is SSL-enabled and you want the agent to perform certificate checking, adhere to the guidelines as described in the following subsections:
The following property exists in the web agent AMAgent.properties configuration file, and by default it is set to true:
With this property set to true, the web agent does not perform certificate checking. On Windows systems, enabling the web agent to perform certificate checking is a one-step process that only involves setting this property to false as illustrated in the following task.
Set the following property in the web agent AMAgent.properties configuration file to false as follows:
com.sun.am.trust_server_certs = false
The root CA certificate that you install on the Apache HTTP Server instance that the agent protects must be the same certificate that is installed on the Access Manager host.
The following steps outline a method for installing Access Manager Root CA Certificate on the Apache HTTP Server server. However, see the documentation for the Apache HTTP Server server for more information about installing certificates.
Change directories to the location of the Apache HTTP Server configuration file.
The following example is applicable for changing directories using the CMD shell when the Apache HTTP Server configuration file is in the default location of c:\program files\apache group\apache2:
# c:\program files\apache group\apache2
Change to the cert directory.
(Conditional) If the certificate database has not yet been created, create it at a unique location using a command such as the following:
# PolicyAgent-base\bin\certutil -N -d .
Install the root CA certificate.
Remember that the root CA certificate that you install on the Apache HTTP Server server must be the same certificate that is installed on the Access Manager host.
The following example demonstrates a command you can issue that uses the certutil utility to install the certificate:
# PolicyAgent-base\bin\certutil -A -n cert-name -t "C,C,C" -d cert-dir -i cert-file
The name for this root CA certificate.
The directory where the certificate and key stores are located.
The base-64 encoded root CA certificate file.
For more information on the cetrutil utility enter cetrutil -H for Help.
To verify that the certificate is properly installed, in the command line, issue the following command:
PolicyAgent-base\bin\certutil -L -d cert-dir
The root CA certificate is then listed in the output of the certutil -L command as illustrated in the following code example:
Restart Apache HTTP Server.