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I am trying to install an SSL certificate on my WAMP server for the first time. I've never done anything like this, so please, bare with me.

W:\wamp\bin\apache\apache2.2.22\bin>echo %OPENSSL_CONF%

W:\wamp\bin\apache\apache2.2.22\bin>openssl req -x509 -new -out my.root.ca.crt -
keyout my.root.ca.key -days 3650
Loading 'screen' into random state - done
Generating a 1024 bit RSA private key
writing new private key to 'my.root.ca.key'
Enter PEM pass phrase:

Enter PEM pass phrase is where I am stuck. It won't let me type anything. And also, am I supposed to come up with my own pass phrase and tell this program to use that, or am I supposed to have a pre-determined pass phrase set by... well... apache, openssl, wamp, etc. I am so lost... lol.

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  • Try typing something and hitting enter? It's not popping up * characters as you type but it should still be getting your input. – Shane Madden Dec 3 '13 at 5:36

The keystrokes are recorded but nothing is echoed back to the screen. Type the passphrase you want and press enter. You'll be prompted to re-enter the same string to confirm.

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    It's a standard design paradigm for terminals. It wasn't until many years after this design was standardized that GUIs started printing asterisks or bullets instead of the password characters. – bahamat Dec 8 '13 at 23:12

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