Install self-signed certificate for curl (and others)

These are the steps to install a self-signed certificate so you can avoid using the “–insecure” switch for curl and others which communicate over SSL/TLS.

For me it was necessary to communicate safe over the network with my tool written in  ruby

Test environment:

  • Server: debian 7 (Raspberry PI) with owncloud 9
  • Client: centOS 7

# Test first if you get an certificate error
curl -v -O remote.php https://$HOST/owncloud/remote.php
# Download the certificate
openssl s_client -showcerts -connect $HOST:$PORT </dev/null | openssl x509 -outform PEM > $FILE
# Install the certificate into nssdb
certutil -d sql:/etc/pki/nssdb -A -t “P,,” -n $HOST -i $FILE
# List if the certificate are inside the database
certutil -d sql:/etc/pki/nssdb -L -n $HOST
# Download the test file again.
curl -v -O remote.php https://$HOST/owncloud/remote.php