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Banana Pi Cookbook

By : Ryad El-Dajani
Book Image

Banana Pi Cookbook

By: Ryad El-Dajani

Overview of this book

Table of Contents (13 chapters)

Securing the Nginx web server using SSL

As you may also want to access the Banana Pi from the Internet, you should think about the security aspect. In the previous recipe, we browsed our web applications via the default HTTP protocol. HTTP is not encrypted and is therefore vulnerable to various attacks. In this recipe, we are going to create a so-called SSL certificate to enable the encrypted HTTPS (HTTP over SSL) protocol.

Getting ready

The following ingredients are required to enable HTTPS on our Nginx web server:

  • A running Banana Pi with a Debian-based Linux system

  • A configured network on the Banana Pi

  • A working Nginx web server as illustrated in the Setting up a web application recipe

How to do it…

We need to create an SSL certificate and add an HTTPS configuration to our Nginx web server.

Creating the certificate

We are going to create a self-signed certificate. In this recipe, we are using the hostname lemaker.

  1. Open a shell.

  2. Switch to /etc/ssl.

    $ cd /etc/ssl
  3. Obtain a root shell:

    $ sudo -s
  4. Create...