I am installing a .crl in my apache config. It looks like this:

VirtualHost default

DocumentRoot "web" ServerName example.com

SSLEngine on

SSLCertificateFile "cert.crt" SSLCertificateKeyFile "key.key" SSLCertificateChainFile "cert.ca-bundle"

SSLProtocol -all +SSLv3 SSLCipherSuite SSLv3:+HIGH:+MEDIUM


Order deny,allow Allow from all

SSLCACertificateFile "ClientRootCert.crt"

SSLVerifyClient require SSLVerifyDepth 3

SSLCARevocationFile "CRLList.crl"



When Apache is started, I get the error:

SSLCARevocationFile not allowed here

When I place SSLCARevocationFile above the Directory tag, Apache starts, but all client certs are rejected with the message:

ssl_error_expired_cert_alert (both revoked and active certs)

How to solve this?

1 Answer 1


I think you have already found the answer but I may help someone else. I have had the same error because I generated my crl with this parameter : "crl_hours 1". 1 hour after the crl creation, the error appears.

If you didn't use this parameter, check the "default_crl_days" of your "openssl.conf" and compare it to the date of last update of the crl.

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