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Open-Source Security Idiots

May 16, 2008, 21:00 (26 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols)

[ Thanks to Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols for this link. ]

"Sometimes, people do such stupid things that words almost fail me. That's the case with a Debian 'improvement' to OpenSSL that rendered this network security program next to useless in Debian, Ubuntu and other related Linux distributions.

"OpenSSL is used to enable SSL (Secure Socket Layer) and TLS (Transport Layer Security) in Linux, Unix, Windows and many other operating systems. It also includes a general purpose cryptography library. OpenSSL is used not only in operating systems, but in numerous vital applications such as security for Apache Web servers, OpenVPN for virtual private networks, and in security appliances from companies like Check Point and Cisco..."

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