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I completed the following steps to generate my SSL cert request:

openssl genrsa -out key 2048
openssl req -new -key key -out csr

Then I submitted my csr to my signing authority, and got my cert back.

I put in in a file named "cert"

Now I want to verify that the cert is correct.

openssl verify cert

I get the original O and OU results back, but additionally I get the following error:

error 20 at 0 depth lookup:unable to get local issuer certificate

Am I correctly verifying the cert, and if so, why am I getting this error? If not, what am I doing wrong?

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Openssl is trying to check the issuer certificate in order to verify your certificate you need to extend your command as follows:-

openssl verify [-CAfile cafile] file

where file is the cert you previously specified and cafile is the cafile of the root CA.


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Is the CA cert of the issuer present on your system ? You have to check that the issuer's certificate chain is installed in order to validate in-depth your certificate. On most linuxes, public certificate are stored under /etc/ssl.

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