David T. Ashley wrote:


Is there a way to load Apache and Internet Explorer with keys so that a
"private tunnel" is created automatically?

What I'm looking for is an arrangement where only a user who has keys that
I've given him can use a browser to connect to my server on Port 443.

(I'm aware of STUNNEL and similar solutions, but I'm looking for a solution
where only the browser and the server are involved.)

You are looking for client cert authentification, take another look at the good docs at


Generate your own CA and user certs, import them into IE by using the pkcs12 cert format. Google for ssl.ca-0.1 from Yeak Nai Siew, these scripts will take you through all neccessary steps. Finally configure apache and you're done.

Greets from Germany,
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