June 23, 2014

Google's BoringSSL Aspires to Be the Hassle-Free Version of OpenSSL

bossl_zps147701e4.pngIf you mention OpenSSL to many people, the first thing that comes to mind is the notorious Heartbleed bug that surfaced in April and can possibly allow hackers to compromise encrypted systems and connections.

But OpenSSL is actually one of the most influential open source projects ever, and had a sterling reputation until its involvement in the Heartbleed debacle.

Now, Google is developing its own version of OpenSSL that will be especially relevant for its own platforms and applications. Welcome to BoringSSL.

Adam Langley, a Google software engineer, confirmed on his personal blog that in addition to creating BoringSSL, Google will contribute its changes to the OpenSSL open source community and leverage bug fixes from that team. 

Read more at Ostatic