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I use self-signed certificates with no issue but today I have tried to create a SSL certificate for commercial use. But apache doesn't start and gives the following error:

Notice: I have confirmed that crt file is valid as CSR decoder loads the content as well.

*AH02241: Init: Unable to read server certificate from file XXXX/XXXX/XXXX.csr SSL Library Error: error:0D0680A8:asn1 encoding routines:ASN1_CHECK_TLEN:wrong tag SSL Library Error: error:0D07803A:asn1 encoding routines:ASN1_ITEM_EX_D2I:nested asn1 error (Type=X509) AH02312: Fatal error initialising mod_ssl, exiting.*

Softwares: OpenSSL 1.0.1e 11 Feb 2013 , Apache HTTP 2.4.6

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Looks like you are using CSR instead of the certificate file. Make sure you have created self-signed certificate with openssl x509 -req -days 365 -in server.csr -signkey server.key -out server.crt and use the server.crt in the SSLCertificateFile setting in apache ssl config. If you are using a commercial signing authority you must use the certificate provided by the authority and not the signing request generated.

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yes, I have checked. Starts with -----BEGIN PRIVATE KEY----- , and ends with -----END PRIVATE KEY----- – user196395 Oct 27 '13 at 17:19
checked that the apache user has permissions to access the csr files and key files? – mindsurfer Oct 27 '13 at 17:20
yes, it has.... – user196395 Oct 27 '13 at 17:23
ok and anything in ssl_error_log? – mindsurfer Oct 27 '13 at 17:29
Nope, everything is just fine. "openssl req -text -noout -verify -in XXX.csr" AND "openssl rsa -in XXX.key -check" – user196395 Oct 27 '13 at 17:50

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