SSL-Bump using an intermediate CA

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You can use an intermediate CA on the proxy for SSL-Bump.


In case if the intermediate certificate CA2 being compromised, you can simply revoke the intermediate CA2 with primary CA1 and sign new intermediate CA2 without disturb your clients.

CA certificate preparation

  1. Create a root CA with CRL URL encoded in CA1. This CRL URL needs to be reachable by your clients.

  2. Use the CA1 to sign an intermediate CA2, which will be used on the proxy for signing mimicked certificates.
    • For example in the config below we call this private key signingCA.key.

  3. install primary CA1 public key onto clients.
    • For example in the config below we call this public key (cert) signingCA.crt.

  4. prepare a public keys file which contains concatenated intermediate CA2 followed by root CA1 in PEM format.
    • For example in the config below we call this chain.pem.

Now Squid can send the intermediate CA2 public key with root CA1 to client and does not need to install intermediate CA2 to clients.

Squid Configuration File

Paste the configuration file like this:

http_port 3128 ssl-bump generate-host-certificates=on dynamic_cert_mem_cache_size=4MB \
   cert=/etc/squid/signingCA.crt \
   key=/etc/squid/signingCA.key \

Testing it works

See instructions at for how to verify a remote certificate chain. The tests should be performed against the Squid listening port to verify that it is both generating a valid certificate and sending the correct CA chain sequence.


ConfigExamples/Intercept/SslBumpWithIntermediateCA (last edited 2018-03-12 13:17:57 by AmosJeffries)