Different certificates and keys for server and client verification

Jason Whittington Jason.Whittington at equifax.com
Fri Feb 9 21:16:31 UTC 2018

Yes - SSL and Client certs are completely orthogonal.  However nginx needs to know about whatever cert is used to sign the client certs.  Each client can't create completely distinct self-signed certs; they have to be signed by an issuer that nginx trusts.   The blog posts at [1] and [2] do a pretty good job outlining the process for client certs.  Notice that they both basically start with creating a CA you are going to use to issue client certs.

[1] http://nategood.com/client-side-certificate-authentication-in-ngi
[2] https://arcweb.co/securing-websites-nginx-and-client-side-certificate-authentication-linux/


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I want my nginx listener to use SSL and do both server and client verification. However, I want it to use different certificates and keys for server vs client verification. The reason is that I want to use a properly signed certificate for the server verification and a self signed certificate for client verification (in order to manage allowed clients).

Is there a way to achieve this?


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