OpenSSL gets hard-fought revalidation
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. It is licensed under an "Apache-style" license that allows users to download the toolkit at no cost, freely distribute it, and use it for both commercial and non-commercial purposes.
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