"After a long and arduous journey that included a suspended
validation last year, the Open Source Software Institute (OSSI) has
announced that OpenSSL has regained its FIPS 140-2 validation and
is now available for download. The validation process, which
normally lasts a few months, took an astounding five years to
complete, and those involved with the projects say they are already
devising ways to avoid such long delays in future validations.
"OpenSSL is an open source toolkit that allows programs to
securely exchange data in the same fashion as proprietary versions
of Secure Sockets Layer encryption..."