Troubleshooting Heroku SSL errors
This article describes somes of the most common errors you may experience when installing a certificate on Heroku, along with the corresponding solutions.
Invalid common name (*.heroku.com or *. herokuapp.com)
You pointed your domain to Heroku to use an SSL certificate but you are receiving an error such as Troubleshooting Heroku SSL errors, Invalid common name or The certificate for this website is invalid.
This error occurs because you are pointing the DNS to the generic
herokuapp.com Heroku endpoint. Instead you need to use the SSL host name provided you by Heroku. The hostname generally ends with:
herokudns.comif you are using the Heroku SSL feature
herokussl.comif you are using the legacy Heroku SSL Endpoint feature
➜ ~ dig www.awesomeexample.com
;; ANSWER SECTION:
www.awesomeexample.com. 771 IN CNAME awesomeexample.herokuapp.com.
awesomeexample.herokuapp.com. 300 IN CNAME us-east-1-a.route.herokuapp.com.
us-east-1-a.route.herokuapp.com. 54 IN A 220.127.116.11
For more information about using DNSimple certificates with Heroku visit the SSL Certificates for Heroku article.
Here’s a few possible variants of the error message, depending on the browser you are currently using.
Your connection is not private
Attackers might be trying to steal your information from www.alpha.com (for example, passwords, messages, or credit cards).
This server could not prove that it is www.alpha.com; its security certificate is from www.bravo.com. This may be caused by a misconfiguration or an attacker intercepting your connection.
This is probably not the site you are looking for!
You attempted to reach example.com, but instead you actually reached a server identifying itself as *.herokuapp.com. This may be caused by a misconfiguration on the server or by something more serious. An attacker on your network could be trying to get you to visit a fake (and potentially harmful) version of example.com.