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For the need to use https, check: https://pressfreedomfoundation.org/encryption-works and https://ssd.eff.org
To check if your internet connection is secure, use: https://www.eff.org/https-everywhere


This wiki page describes a method of securing communications to a DSpace installation on the internet.

To protect the user credentials of the members of the research community that your repository will serve, it is highly recommended that all logins to the system are encrypted using the procedure detailed below.

Update - 2014/11/18

A free certificate authority service is launching in 2015 that will greatly simplify the configuration of a secure server. See the link below.



  • Secure connections are not needed if doing an evaluation of the software on a test server behind your institutions firewall.
  • It is assumed that DSpace has been installed according to the suggested guidelines here: http://wiki.lib.sun.ac.za/index.php/SUNScholar/DSpace.

Port 443 Firewall Access

Secure internet connections are created using the secure port (443) which must be opened on the campus and local server firewall.


SSL Certificate Defaults

  • The default location for certificates is: /etc/ssl/certs.
  • This is where we will put the certificates.
  • Other services should point to this folder for the certificates.


Step 1 - Create the SSL certificates

Step 2 - Apply for a signed certificate

Step 3 - Get the intermediate CA certs

Step 4 - Configure Tomcat to use the SSL certs

Step 5 - Enable secure XMLUI logins

Step 6 - Enable HTTPS by default

Step 7 - Rebuild DSpace

Step 8 - Check the secure connection




Monopoly Notes

Please note: A quiet monopoly has been created in the SSL cert business. Verisign buys Thawte, Verisign buys Geotrust, Symantec buys Verisign.

Update - 2013/10/09. Now we know why a monopoly, so that the NSA can spy on everyone even with SSL certs. What a joke these certs are.