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11.14.4. Enable FIPS 140-2 Cryptography in Apache HTTP Server

You can enable FIPS 140-2 cryptography in Apache HTTP server by inserting SSLFIPS on directive to Apache HTTP server configuration file: httpd.conf or ssl.conf. This directive must be used outside a VirtualHost configuration section.
The SSLFIPS on directive activates the SSL library FIPS_mode flag. This mode applies to all SSL library operations. After adding this directive, you need to restart Apache HTTP server for the changes to become active.


To enable FIPS you must have a FIPS capable OpenSSL (which supports the FIPS_mode flag) installed on your system.