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Subject DO NOT REPLY [Bug 52630] Firefox can't access SSL websites with client authentication and when using a symlink to a directory of CA certs
Date Wed, 04 Apr 2012 23:31:05 GMT

--- Comment #14 from Christoph Anton Mitterer <> 2012-04-04 23:31:05
UTC ---
Nevertheless may I suggest to "use" this ticket to clarify documentation a bit:
As far as I understand,  Apache starts as user root and after some
initialisation suids to some other user (e.g. www-data or so).

I must assume, that mod_ssl already loads some of its files in the root-user
context, because all the host certificates/keys, i.e. the files specified by:
- SSLCertificateFile
- SSLCertificateKeyFile
- SSLCertificateChainFile
were then root owned (and root-only readable), too.

But apparently (which is why I had all the troubles above) this is different
for some/all of the files specified by:
- SSLCACertificateFile/Path
- SSLCADNRequestFile/Path
- SSLCARevocationFile/Path
and they are read as (e.g.) www-data.

So could you please add information to mod_ssls documentation for ALL of the 9
directives mentioned above:
a) under which context the files are read (root or apache-user)
b) whether they are constantly re-read or not
This is not only important as the they suid has already happened "later" but
also in general, as these files may change and people want to know whether they
have to restart the server for changes to get noticed.


Oh and btw: Thanks for all your help with this "issue". :-)

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