PKIX certificates management library for Erlang
The idea of the library is to simplify certificates configuration in Erlang programs.
Typically an Erlang program which needs certificates (for HTTPS/MQTT/XMPP/etc)
provides a bunch of options such as `certfile`, `chainfile`, `privkey`, etc.
The situation becomes even more complicated when a server supports so called `virtual domains`
because a program is typically required to match a virtual domain with its certificate.
If a user has plenty of virtual domains (stored somewhere in `/etc/letsencrypt/live/*/*.pem`)
it's quickly becoming a nightmare for them to configure all this. The complexity also leads to
errors: a single configuration mistake and a program generates obscure log messages,
unreadable Erlang tracebacks or, even worse, just silently ignores the errors. Fortunately,
the large part of certificates configuration can be automated, reducing a user configuration
to something as simple as:
The purpose of the library is to do this dirty job under the hood.
# System requirements
To compile the library you need:
- Erlang/OTP ≥ 19.0
- GNU Make. Optional: for running tests or standalone compilation.
Since this is an embedded library, you need to add https://github.com/processone/pkix.git
repo to your rebar configuration or what have you.
Start the library as a regular Erlang application:
or use `pkix:start()` which does the same.
Let's say you have two certificates: `cert1.pem` for `domain1` and `cert2.pem`
for `domain2` with their private keys `key1.pem` and `key2.pem` and
an intermediate CA certificate `ca-intermediate.pem`. Then the flow is the following:
- Add all your PEM files to the "staged" area (the order doesn't matter):
- Commit the changes to some directory, let's say, `"/tmp/certs"`:
Now you're able to fetch a certificate file containing full chain and the
private key for domain `domain1` or `domain2`:
The first element of the tuple is an EC certificate (presented in `cert1.pem`),
the second element is an RSA certificate (presented in `cert2.pem`) and the third element
is a DSA certificate (missing in our example).
TODO. Sorry, read the [source](https://github.com/processone/pkix/blob/master/src/pkix.erl) so far.