Apache fails to start with "[error] Init: Unable to read pass phrase"

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Issue

  • I try to start httpd, but it fails and my ssl_error_log contains the following errors:

    [Sun Mar 02 00:00:29 2014] [error] Init: Unable to read pass phrase [Hint: key introduced or changed before restart?]
    [Sun Mar 02 00:00:29 2014] [error] SSL Library Error: 218529960 error:0D0680A8:asn1 encoding routines:ASN1_CHECK_TLEN:wrong tag
    [Sun Mar 02 00:00:29 2014] [error] SSL Library Error: 218640442 error:0D08303A:asn1 encoding routines:ASN1_TEMPLATE_NOEXP_D2I:nested asn1 error
    [Sun Mar 02 00:00:29 2014] [error] SSL Library Error: 218529960 error:0D0680A8:asn1 encoding routines:ASN1_CHECK_TLEN:wrong tag
    [Sun Mar 02 00:00:29 2014] [error] SSL Library Error: 218595386 error:0D07803A:asn1 encoding routines:ASN1_ITEM_EX_D2I:nested asn1 error
    [Sun Mar 02 00:00:29 2014] [error] SSL Library Error: 67710980 error:04093004:rsa routines:OLD_RSA_PRIV_DECODE:RSA lib
    [Sun Mar 02 00:00:29 2014] [error] SSL Library Error: 218529960 error:0D0680A8:asn1 encoding routines:ASN1_CHECK_TLEN:wrong tag
    [Sun Mar 02 00:00:29 2014] [error] SSL Library Error: 218595386 error:0D07803A:asn1 encoding routines:ASN1_ITEM_EX_D2I:nested asn1 error
    
  • Facing following issues after installing the certificates

 Failed to configure encrypted (?) private key 10.10.10.10, check  /opt/ABC/apache/certificates/abc.xyz.key

Environment

  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL)
    • 6.3
    • Apache Web Server (httpd)

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