Hello,
> I want to get the CSR file to purchase an ssl certificate for securing

SMTP on Sendmail,
> OS=Redhat ES5 I ran the following:
>
> 1. to generate the private key: openssl genrsa -des3 -out server.key

1024
> then i inserted my passphrase
>
> 2. to generate CSR: openssl req -key server.key -out server.csr
>
> after i enter my passphrase the system hangs on, i need to press CRT-c

to back to the
> system and the CSR is not generated. an ideas:
> Important: i run this on Fedora 8/openssl 0.9.8b-17 and it works fine!
> my system is Redhat enterprise linux 5/openssl 0.9.8b-8

Add -new option to "openssl req ..." command.

Best regards,
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Marek Marcola

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