[stunnel-users] No way to keep the key encrypted?

joe at strout.net joe at strout.net
Wed Nov 15 15:56:29 CET 2006

I see from the manual:

"Two things are important when generating certificate-key pairs for
stunnel. The private key cannot be encrypted, because the server has no
way to obtain the password from the user. To produce an unencrypted key
add the -nodes option when running the req command from the OpenSSL

This seems very dangerous to me; anybody who gets ahold of that key
file will then be able to impersonate my server, right?  Symbian SSL
Proxy will simply ask me for my pass phrase when I launch it.  Is there
any way to get stunnel to do something equivalent -- maybe by
decrypting it on the fly and piping it to stunnel on launch, so that
there is never a decrypted file on disk?  Or maybe I can decrypt the
key to a file, launch stunnel, and then immediately delete that file?

How have others dealt with this?

- Joe

Joe Strout -- joe at strout.net
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