This topic outlines how to create a test certificate and add a certificate to the LEADTOOLS Media Server demo. The toolkit can support certificates in any store; however, the demo apps enumerate the stores "MY" ( displayed as "Personal" in the Windows consoles) and "Web Hosting".
Secure streaming (HTTP over SSL) is disabled by default. To enable it, you need to do two things:
If you use a development certificate, it will typically work for testing on the local computer. But in order to access the HTTPS stream from another computer, you will need to import the certificate used on the server on the client computer. The procedure differs from browser to browser, but will typically involve importing the server's certificate into the Trusted Certificate Authorities list.
Below you will find the steps for selecting a self-generated certificate.
Open the LTMS server demo.
Click the "Network" button.
Enter a port number for the SSL port to use (433 is the default, but that is in use sometimes by IIS, so it is better to use 1443).
Click the "Select" button next to the SSL Certificate field.
Use the Select Certificate dialog to select certificates from the My/Personal Store or the Web Hosting Store. Create a test certificate by clicking the "Create..." button or delete a certificate by highlighting the certificate and clicking the "Delete..." button.
Create a certficate using a friendly name and the IP address of the server or its hostname.
Select a certificate and click OK.
Your server should now be configured for SSL. Start the server.
To access the demo html pages. Enter https://address:ssl_port/player.html in your browser.
If you access the web page from a computer other than the server using a development security certificate, you will need to import the development certificate used by the server into your browser's list of trusted certificates. See the Importing the Development Certificate note below for more details.
If you do not have an SSL certificate and you wish to manually create one, the following steps illustrate how you can create one using Microsoft's makecert.exe utility.
NOTE: If you do not have VS2012, make sure you use a makecert.exe v4.5 or newer (included with VS2012 and up), which supports the sha256 algorithm.
Type "makecert -!" and make sure the algorithms listed for the -a option includes both sha256 and sha1. You can copy makecert.exe from another computer, but make sure it supports sha256. - Use makecert.exe to create a self-signed root certificate that can be used as a Certificate Authority. The certificate is automatically stored in the Trusted Root Certificates Authority (root) store:
makecert -sv signroot.pvk -cy authority -r signroot.cer -a sha256 -n "CN=Dev Certification Authority" -ss root -sr localmachine
signroot.pvk is the name of the generated private key file and is used to sign additional certificates. You may change this to suit your needs. It is needed in the next step as well.
signroot.cer is the name of the generated root certificate, and is used to sign additional certificates. It can also be imported into browsers to avoid a security warning when you access the server page. You may change this to suit your needs. It will be needed in the next step also.
Dev Certification Authority is the internal certificate name. This is the name that will display in any certificate viewer application. You may change this to suit your needs.
You will be prompted to provide a password for the private key:
Use makecert.exe to create a host certificate for HTTPS communication. The host name in the certificate must match the host used when calling the self-hosted service. In the example below, modify the loopback address of 127.0.0.1 with the IP address (or with the hostname) of your server. The certificate is automatically stored in the Personal (my) store:
makecert -iv signroot.pvk -ic signroot.cer -a sha256 -cy end -pe -n CN="127.0.0.1" -eku 126.96.36.199.188.8.131.52.1 -ss my -sr localmachine -sky exchange
makecert -iv signroot.pvk -ic signroot.cer -a sha256 -cy end -pe -n CN="LTMS Media Server" -eku 184.108.40.206.220.127.116.11.1 -ss my -sr localmachine -sky exchange
Development certificates will be recognized by browsers only when they run on the media server. To play a https stream on another computer, you will need to import the development certificate used by the server as a Trusted Certificate Authority. Different browsers look to different places for certificates:
Also note that the browser checks the server certificate in negotiation and looks at the root authority that signed it. It needs that authority in its store in order to trust the signature. For more information on this, see Microsoft's topic on Manage Trusted Root Certificates for managing trusted root certificates for a local computer.