HTTPS stands for HyperText Transfer Protocol over SSL (Secure Socket Layer). This TCP/IP protocol is used to transfer and display data securely by adding an encryption layer to protect the integrity and privacy of data traffic. Certificates issued by trusted authorities are used for sender/recipient authentication.
Note: In order to configure HTTPS, you need ADMINISTRATOR rights.
Note that NetClock supports two different modes of HTTPS operation: The Standard HTTPS Level (default), and a High-Security Level. For more information, see HTTPS Security Levels.
Accessing the HTTPS Setup Window
- Navigate to MANAGEMENT > NETWORK: HTTPS Setup (or, navigate to MANAGEMENT > Network Setup, and click HTTPS in the Actions panel on the left):
The HTTPS Setup window has four tabs:
- Create Certificate Request: This menu utilizes the OpenSSL library to generate certificate Requests and self-signed certificates.
- Certificate Request: A holder for the certificate request generated under the Create Certificate Request tab. Copy and paste this Certificate text in order to send it to your Certificate Authority.
- Upload X.509 PEM Certificate: Use the window under this tab to paste your X.509 certificate text and upload it to NetClock.
- Upload Certificate File: Use this tab to upload your certificate file returned by the Certificate Authority. For more information on format types, see Supported Certificate Formats.
Exit the HTTPS Setup window by clicking the X icon in the top right window corner, or by clicking anywhere outside the window.
Should you exit the HTTPS Setup window while filling out the certificate request parameters form before clicking the Submit button, any information you entered will be lost. When switching between tabs within the HTTPS Setup window, the information you have entered will be retained.
HTTPS provides secure/encrypted, web-based management and configuration of NetClock from a PC. In order to establish a secure HTTPS connection, an SSL certificate must be stored inside the NetClock unit.
NetClock uses the OpenSSL library to create certificate requests and self-signed certificates. The OpenSSL library provides the encryption algorithms used for secure HTTP (HTTPS). The OpenSSL package also provides tools and software for creating X.509 Certificate Requests, Self Signed Certificates and Private/Public Keys. For more information on OpenSSL, please see www.openssl.org.
Once you created a certificate request, submit the request to an external Certificate Authority (CA) for the creation of a third party verifiable certificate. (It is also possible to use an internal corporate Certificate Authority.)
If a Certificate Authority is not available, or while you are waiting for the certificate to be issued, you can use the default Spectracom self-signed SSL certificate that comes with the unit until it expires, or use your own self-signed certificate. The typical life span of a certificate (i.e., during which HTTPS is available for use) is about 10 years.
Note: If deleted, the HTTPS certificate cannot be restored. A new certificate will need to be generated.
Note: If the IP Address or Common Name (Host Name) is changed, you may wish to regenerate the certificate. Otherwise you may receive security warnings from your web browser each time you login.