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Boredom strikes again #
Another boring day. What do I do? View dem jokes to cheer me up of course. After randomly clicking the jokes a few times, this popped up What Screams insecurity? HTTP. Oh hell naw, as a security student, how can I leave my webpage at HTTP, Blasphemy. I even learnt about secure channels in my Cyber security lessons.
Time to become security master #
Time to get my website to HTTPS! What does that mean though? It will mean that I will have to find a root CA willing to give me a certificate for my website to say that I am legit. Similar to when I am searching for a domain, I only want to do it if it is free (Poor University student here).
Using my masterful googling skills that I picked up in school, I found this website that gave free certificates which lasts for 90 days. Sooo that means I can get a free certificate as long as I renew them once every 90 days. Good enough for me.
The steps to obtain the certificate as also relatively simple.
- Give them the link to my website
- Choose the type of cert that I want (90 days because that one is free)
- Generate contact information for the certificate
- Validate that the website is owned by me by putting a file at a particular link for my website.
Adding the certificate in flask #
After all of that they gave me my certificate and its time for me to upgrade my website! Back to my best friend python
if __name__ == '__main__': # Run the application app.run( '0.0.0.0', 80, ssl_context=( "path_to_certificate.crt", "path_to_private_key.key" ) )
After putting the certificate into a folder, the code above will allow the flask to run my website with the certificate as the path to the certificate I provided with the private key provided. Now it’s time to test the website!
The moment of brain fart #
OMG, it says that that website is down. How can this happen? I just got my certificate. Welp dumbass I forgot that the default port for my website at HTTP is 80 but the default port for HTTPS websites is 443.
Well well well, guess how long it took before I figured it out?
It took me another few hours of pulling my hair out to figure that out (Coding in a nut shell). Welp, I guess that’s another milestone down! Woohoo :D