I recently inherited management of a web project and ran into an issue with an expired SSL certificate. The site is hosted on AWS with a wildcard certificate generated from ACM, which is active and working. However, I discovered the issue is a second expired certificate, generated manually by Let's Encrypt, which is causing my issue.

After testing validity of several URLs, I found that:

www.mywebsite.example   →   Working AWS certificate
mywebsite.example       →   Expired certificate

Which is bizarre, considering my AWS certificate both uses mywebsite.example as well as a wildcard *.mywebsite.example


I was under the assumption that if a domain held two certificates, an expired one shouldn't affect a working one, and the wildcard certificate should cover both cases. How can I fix this issue so that the wildcard certificate from AWS will apply to all traffic, instead of just www.mywebsite.example URLs?

  • "a domain held two certificates" a domain does not hold certificates. On any given server, you can store as many certificates as you like. What matters then is how, in your case, the webserver is configured: which certificate it uses in which cases (it can be one different per virtualhost, or the same for both if all names are in the SAN extension or covered by a single wildcard, etc.) – Patrick Mevzek Dec 11 '18 at 14:58
  • Sorry, you're right, I understand that the domain itself doesn't hold certificates. But I didn't want to say server since I wasn't sure, for example, the AWS certificate is actually located on the EC2 server itself and not in some other location. That said, does the certificate only get directed to if a configuration has a virtual host pointing to said certificate? – user9268966 Dec 11 '18 at 15:08

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