Ubuntu Certbot Update

With the upcoming deprecation of TLS-SNI-01, Let’s Encrypt certificate renewals may start breaking for some clients. For more information regarding the TLS-SNI-01 ACME protocol deprecation see Bulletproof TLS Newsletter #37.

 

As per Let’s Encrypt’s recent notification, “It will stop working temporarily on February 13th, 2019, and permanently on March 13th, 2019”.

TLS-SNI-01 validation is reaching end-of-life. It will stop working temporarily on February 13th, 2019, and permanently on March 13th, 2019. Any certificates issued before then will continue to work for 90 days
after their issuance date.
 
You need to update your ACME client to use an alternative validation method (HTTP-01, DNS-01 or TLS-ALPN-01) before this date or your certificate renewals will break and existing certificates will start to expire.

Here is how we performed an Ubuntu Certbot Update for our Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (bionic) web servers. As in every technical change, please test in a lab before implementing in a production environment.

 

Ubuntu Certbot Update

Check your current version of Certbot:

certbot --version

If your Certbot version is older than 0.28.0, then it should be updated. Here is how to perform an Ubuntu Certbot Update.

 
Run the following commands.

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install software-properties-common
sudo add-apt-repository universe
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:certbot/certbot
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install python-certbot-apache
sudo apt-get upgrade

If you get error message “The following packages have been kept back”, upgrade the listed packages explicitly.

sudo apt-get upgrade certbot

 
Install the remaining kept-back packages.

sudo apt-get upgrade

 
Validate you have the latest version of Certbot.

certbot --version

 
Now, you are ready to validate certificate renewal using the new version of Certbot.

sudo certbot renew --dry-run

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