I haven't written for a while. Problems like this are why.
We recently released an Ionic hybrid app for our company to both the Google Play and iOS App Stores. Both my CTO and I could successfully download the app and install it, but when we tried to make calls to the API, the app would fail. We thought this was because we had both been beta-testers at some point and the entire app wasn't being removed from our system.
That is, until users started posting negative reviews:
On a hunch, I checked the server endpoint the app was calling. On my computer, the SSL certificate was fine. However, when I visited it on my phone's mobile browser, the certificate was rejected.
This was the same for my CTO, but the
https:// site worked for other Android users in the office and, cooincidentally, so did their apps.
I used this website to test the validity of my SSL certificate. It came back with an "A" rating. I wasn't satisfied.
openssl in the terminal, I was able to retrieve and inspect the certificate from the server:
openssl s_client -showcerts -connect <subdomain.domain.com>:443 // example: openssl s_client -showcerts -connect drive.google.com:443
443 is the secure port. If you don't have
openssl, you'll need to install it.
I got my certificates back, and they looked good, except for an error which looked like a silent fail (look at the third line):
That didn't end up mattering as much as the root certificate was missing. I had "COMODO RSA Domain Validation Secure Server CA" and "COMODO RSA Certification Authority".
Don't ask what those are...I don't know. I just know I didn't have a root certificate.
We load-balance our servers using Elastic Beanstalk on AWS. You'll have to find which load balancer is attached to your server and upload a new cert.
Find Your Certs
We've already created our certs and submitted them to a certificate authority--in our case, Comodo--using these steps.
You should have four or five files from Comodo. Open them in a text editor, like Sublime. Mine were labeled:
EssentialSSL Wildcard Certificate.txt
You will also need the private .pem key used to sign your request to the certificate authority.
COMODORSADomainValidationSecureServerCA.crt are generic to Comodo. You can actually get them again here. Ours were the EssentialSSL SHA-2. I'll also just paste the code in the "Upload Certificate" section below.
What's strange is that
EssentialSSL Wildcard Certificate.txt and
STAR_voltaapi_com.crt are the same certificate, just by different names. They are the root I'm looking for, which is confusing, because I have a file named
AddTrustExternalCARoot.crt which we're not going to end up using.
Identify the Load Balancer
- Log in to AWS Console and navigate to your EC2 instances.
- From the dashboard, click "Load Balancers" on the left navigation pane.
- Select one of the load balancers and click on the "Instances" tab:
- Look at the name. That should match the name of the environment you're trying to upload a new SSL certificate to. If it doesn't, select a different load balancer until you find it.
Upload Your Certificate
- From the load balancer you've found, click the "Listeners" tab.
- If there isn't an https listener yet, add one. We used the predefined security policy "ELBSecurityPolicy-2015-05" for the cipher:
- Click to change or upload the new cert. Select upload as the type. You should see this dialogue:
- Name the certificate something easy to remember. Copy and paste the text from the private key you used to submit your certificate into the field labeled "Private Key". It may begin with either:
-----BEGIN PRIVATE KEY----- OR -----BEGIN RSA PRIVATE KEY-----
- My public key certificate was the contents of
STAR_voltaapi_com.crt. Just a reminder--
EssentialSSL Wildcard Certificate.txtis the same thing.
- The "Certificate Chain" is NOT OPTIONAL and is what got us into this mess in the first place. I combined the two generic Comodo certs (order matters):
cat COMODORSADomainValidationSecureServerCA.crt COMODORSAAddTrustCA.crt > certchain.txt
Here is the combined code to paste:
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- Save and enjoy!
I still don't know why my desktop web browser accepted the certificates, as did many other mobile devices, but a select-few Android mobiles failed. Three of the four documented devices with issues were Samsung Galaxy Note 4's running Android 5 (Lollipop).
Upload intermediate and root certificates to your AWS Elastic Beanstalk Load Balancer.
You're SOL if you don't have the private key you used to sign the cert in the first place. Pony up for new cert and keep that key safe!
Major thanks to this question and answer, which got me on the way to a solution.comments powered by Disqus