Generate a certificate request for a commercial Certificate Authority

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Generate a key for the certificate request.

openssl genrsa -out www.foo.com.key 2048

The next line will prompt for certificate details. The common name (CN) must be the same as the domain name of the web site.

openssl req -new -nodes -key www.foo.com.key -out www.foo.com.csr

The resulting file will look something like:

-----BEGIN CERTIFICATE REQUEST-----
MIICwzCCAasCAQAwfjELMAkGA1UEBhMCVVMxFDASBgNVBAgTC0Nvbm5lY3RpY3V0
....
...
...
-----END CERTIFICATE REQUEST-----