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Barracuda Load Balancer ADC

Creating a Client Certificate

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Step 1 - Generate a Private Key for the CA Certificate

To generate a key for a CA certificate, run the following openssl command on your server:

openssl genrsa 2048 > ca-key.pem

This generates a private key “ca-key” in PEM format.

Step 2 - Create a CA Certificate using the Private Key

Use the private key generated in Step 1 to create the CA certificate for the server.
The openssl command to generate a CA certificate is as follows:

openssl req -new -x509 -nodes -days 1000 -key ca-key.pem > ca-cert.pem


You will be prompted to provide certain information which will be entered into the certificate.
See the example below:

Country Name (2 letter code) [AU]: US
State or Province Name (full name) [Some-State]: California
Locality Name (eg, city) []: Campbell
Organization Name (eg, company) [Internet Widgits Pty Ltd]: Barracuda Networks
Organizational Unit Name (eg, section) []: Engineering
Common Name (eg, YOUR name) []: barracuda.yourdomain.com
Email Address []: test@myemail.com


This creates the CA certificate with the values above. This certificate acts as a root CA certificate for authenticating the client certificates.

Step 3 - Import the CA Certificate to the Barracuda Load Balancer ADC

The created certificate needs to be uploaded in the BASIC > Certificates > Upload Trusted (CA) Certificate section.

Step 4 - Enable Client Authentication on the Barracuda Load Balancer ADC

To be able to use the CA certificate for validating client certificates, client authentication should first be enabled.

Steps to enable client authentication:
  1. Go to the BASIC > Services page.
  2. In the Configured Virtual Services section, identify the service for which you want to enable client authentication.
  3. Click Edit next to the service. In the Service edit page, scroll down to the SSL section.
  4. Set Enable Client Authentication and Enforce Client Certificate to Yes.
  5. Select the check box(es) next to the Trusted Certificates parameter.
  6. Specify values for other parameters as required, and click Save Changes.

Step 5 - Create a Client Certificate

Create a client certificate. You can use the following example as a guide:

openssl req -newkey rsa:2048 -days 1000 -nodes -keyout client-key1.pem > client-req.pem

Generating a 2048 bit RSA private key writing new private key to 'client-key1.pem'
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writing new private key to 'client-key1.pem'
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You are about to be asked to enter information that will be incorporated into your certificate request.
What you are about to enter is what is called a Distinguished Name or a DN.
There are quite a few fields but you can leave some blank
For some fields there will be a default value,
If you enter '.', the field will be left blank.
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Country Name (2 letter code) [AU]: US
State or Province Name (full name) [Some-State]: California
Locality Name (eg, city) []: Campbell
Organization Name (eg, company) [Internet Widgits Pty Ltd]: Barracuda Networks
Organizational Unit Name (eg, section) []: Tech Support
Common Name (eg, YOUR name) []: barracuda.mydomain.com
Email Address []: test@youremail.com

Please enter the following 'extra' attributes to be sent with your certificate request
A challenge password []: Secret123
An optional company name []: -


This creates the private key “client-key1.pem” in PEM format.

Now, use the following example to create a client certificate that will be signed by the CA certificate created in Step 2.

openssl x509 -req -in client-req.pem -days 1000 -CA ca-cert.pem -CAkey ca-key.pem -set_serial 01 > client-cert1.pem


Signature ok
subject=/C=US/ST=California/L=Campbell/O=Barracuda Networks/OU=Tech Support/CN=barracuda.mydomain.com/emailAddress=test@youremail.com
Getting CA Private Key

Step 6 - Converting PEM File to PKCS #12 Format

Use the following command to convert the “client-cert1.pem” certificate along with “client-key1.pem” to a Personal Information Exchange file (pfx token).

openssl pkcs12 -export -in client-cert1.pem -inkey client-key1.pem -out client-cert1.pfx


Enter Export Password:secret
Verifying - Enter Export Password: secret

Step 7 - Import the Client Certificate to the Browser

The client certificate created above should be sent to the client to be imported on their browser.

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