[owncloud-devel] Owncloud 7.0 fresh install with Ubuntu 14.04.

Oliver Gasser oliver at flowriver.net
Thu Jul 24 11:37:42 GMT 2014

Hi Daniel,

On 07/24/2014 12:26 PM, Daniel Hansson wrote:
> Hi Oliver,
> Thanks for your input, I will definitely remove the *.log files in the
> next update.

Additionally, you can remove the file /home/ocadmin/Release.key.

> About the SSL, yes I understand. Not good practice, but still a solution
> to a problem. Do you have any other suggestions? :)

You can regenerate the snakeoil certificate dynamically when the system
is first started. This ensures that every installation has a unique SSL
private key. The command to regenerate the certificate and key is:

make-ssl-cert generate-default-snakeoil --force-overwrite

For running a script once at the next bootup you can do something like this:

> Like I wrote, this is for users struggling with getting their
> self-signed SSL to work, and maybe don´t know so much about Linux, or
> setting up servers. I have made a earlier release of my own that I´ve
> spread on the internet, and I get like 5 requests per week asking for
> help with my instance. So yes, there is a need for this.
> If I take myself as an example I was introduced to Owncloud a little
> more than a year ago in the same way as I presented here. Now I´m an
> active user and contributor. The goal with this release is the same, get
> more people to like Owncloud and see the benefits, and also join the
> community to help make Owncloud even better.
> I kindly accept suggestions on how to make this .vmdk better. Non-good
> SSL practice I know, but is it better to just run HTTP and missing out
> on the benefits of using it in public? Sooner or later I think that you
> as the end-user realize that it´s better to buy your own certificate,
> and if you´re the slightest interested maybe you even build your own
> server and set it up from scratch, see this as a "practice-owncloud
> machine" to try it out. 
> As I said, suggestions on impropements are more than welcome.
> Best Regards 
> Daniel Hansson

Best regards,

> 2014-07-24 12:02 GMT+02:00 Oliver Gasser <oliver at flowriver.net
> <mailto:oliver at flowriver.net>>:
>     Hi Daniel,
>     it's good to make ownCloud available to more users. And virtual machine
>     images are definitely one possibility to do so.
>     However, it's bad security practice to distribute an image with a static
>     SSL key. The key for the self-signed certificate should be newly
>     generated on the first boot. Otherwise all these machines will be using
>     the same SSL private key. This especially holds for publicly accessible
>     sites, as you advise to do via the NoIP service.
>     Additionally, you can remove the unneded *.log files from the archive.
>     Best regards,
>     Oliver
>     On 07/24/2014 04:46 AM, Daniel Hansson wrote:
>     > Hi everybody!
>     >
>     > Talked a little bit with Frank during the release about putting up a
>     > pre-configured ownCloud instance for non-tech users. Easy to
>     deploy and
>     > get started. The goal is to publish this version officially on
>     > www.owncloud.org <http://www.owncloud.org>
>     <http://www.owncloud.org> so that more people dare to
>     > try owncloud and don´t feel that it´s so much working setting it up.
>     >
>     > So here you go, a pre-configured VMware instance with SSL
>     (self-signed)
>     > fully configured. I also installed Webmin for easy access to files and
>     > other neat setups.
>     >
>     > The format is.vmdk and full instructions included.
>     >
>     > Please try it out, and email me about what you think.
>     >
>     > http://goo.gl/tFYIaP
>     >
>     > Regards
>     > Daniel Hansson
>     > enoch85 (GitHub)
>     > Sweden
>     >
>     > enoch85 at gmail.com <mailto:enoch85 at gmail.com>
>     <mailto:enoch85 at gmail.com <mailto:enoch85 at gmail.com>>
>     >
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