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Create a Custom CA and Server Certificate


  1. Optionally, create a new custom CA and server certificate for the PVS server using the pvs-make-cert command. This places the certificates in the correct directories.

    When prompted for the host name, enter the DNS name or IP address of the server in the browser (eg., https://hostname:8835/ or https://ipaddress:8835/). The default certificate uses the host name.

  2. If you wish to use a CA certificate instead of the PVS generated one, make a copy of the self-signed CA certificate using the appropriate command for your OS:

    Operating System



    # cp /opt/pvs/var/pvs/ssl/cacert.pem /opt/pvs/var/pvs/ssl/ORIGcacert.pem


    copy \ProgramData\Tenable\PVS\pvs\ssl\cacert.pem C:\ProgramData\Tenable\PVS\pvs\ssl\ORIGcacert.pem


    # cp /Library/PVS/var/pvs/ssl/cacert.pem /Library/PVS/var/pvs/ssl/ORIGcacert.pem

  3. If the authentication certificates are created by a CA other than the PVS server, the CA certificate must be installed on the PVS server. Copy the organization's CA certificate to the appropriate location for your OS:

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  4. Once the CA is in place, restart the PVS services.

    After PVS is configured with the proper CA certificate(s), users may log in to PVS using SSL client certificates.

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