SSL CSR SAN Multiple Uses

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SSL CSR SAN Multiple Uses

L2 Linker

PA-5220, 8.0


I need to generate a CSR for a cert that will be used for multiple things - web gui admin, globalprotect vpn, etc. The instructions for how to gen the CSR with subject alternative names are not clear.


Should the common name be one of the uses e.g. or should the common name be * with all host names listed as attributes e.g.,, etc.



L7 Applicator

i'm not sure what instructions you were following but it may be a mixture of wildcard/SAN cert..


certificate attributes


as per...


8.0 documentation is where I got confused. See bolded text below. Why would a Host Name attribute match the Common Name?


9. (Optional) Add the Certificate Attributes to uniquely identify the firewall and the service that will use the certificate.

If you add a Host Name attribute, it is a best practice for it to match the Common Name (this is mandatory for GlobalProtect). The host name populates the Subject Alternative Name field of the certificate.

I think what its trying to say that if your CN is and your portal address dns resloves to then adding to the SAN will cause a cert issue for GP.


so... your get request is for but the trusted cert will have a hostname of


in their example you dont need to add a hostname attribute, the SAN of will be assumed.


so... for the case of a single host cert, if you are going to add hostname attribute (not actually required) then keep it the same as the CN.


the ref doc link you provided is not really for SAN certs.









Hmmm... just re-read my previous post and I obviously have no idea what I'm talking about...


i need to re-read the statement "9" note in that document.


below... from Palo...


If you add a Host Name attribute, it is a best practice for it to match the Common Name (this is mandatory for GlobalProtect). The host name populates the Subject Alternative Name field of the certificate.


perhaps someone else can decypher this....


I've got the web gui configured for now. Had to gen a new CSR and make sure to include SANs for web gui, etc. 


Next step is to configure GlobalProtect with the cert. 

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