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Using the YaCy Front-End over HTTPS

It is possible to put a SSL encoding in front of YaCy to get the YaCy interface accessible using https. This can easily be done using stunnel and openssl.

Installation of openssl and stunnel in debian

As user root, call:

apt-get install openssl stunnel

Then create a ssl certificate:

cd ~
openssl req -new -x509 -keyout stunnel-key-pw.pem -out stunnel-cert.pem -days 3650

And get rid of the passphrase with

openssl rsa -in stunnel-key-pw.pem -out stunnel-key.pem

As user root, copy the key and certificate file to /etc/stunnel/

mv stunnel-key.pem stunnel-cert.pem /etc/stunnel/
chmod 600 /etc/stunnel/*.pem 

To configure stunnel, create the file /etc/stunnel/stunnel.conf with the following content:

chroot = /var/lib/stunnel4/
setuid = stunnel4
setgid = stunnel4
pid = /stunnel4.pid
cert = /etc/stunnel/stunnel-cert.pem
key = /etc/stunnel/stunnel-key.pem
output = stunnel.log

accept  = 443
connect = 8090

To activate this service, edit the file /etc/default/stunnel4 and change the value of ENABLED to 1. Finally restart stunnel:

/etc/init.d/stunnel4 restart

Now the YaCy search page can be opened at https://localhost