[openssl-users] [openssl-dev] Removing obsolete crypto from OpenSSL 1.1 - seeking feedback

Emilia Käsper emilia at openssl.org
Wed Dec 9 11:15:45 UTC 2015

To close off this thread: OpenSSL will not be making any changes.

The team voted on moving a set of algorithms to maintenance mode, and
removing the corresponding assembly implementations from libcrypto, but the
vote did not pass.


On Fri, Nov 27, 2015 at 10:19 AM, Tim Hudson <tjh at cryptsoft.com> wrote:

> On 24/11/2015 4:09 AM, Jakob Bohm wrote:
> > But they care very much if Cisco AnyConnect (or any other
> > OpenSSL using program they may need) stops working or
> > becomes insecure because the OpenSSL team is breaking
> > stuff just because it is not needed in their own handful
> > of example uses.
> The OpenSSL team (like most open source projects) is made up of
> individuals that have widely varying backgrounds and experiences - and
> those experiences lead to different view points on a lot of fairly
> fundamental topics. This is a good thing - as frankly a project that
> doesn't have a mix of view points tends to not last.
> Between the OpenSSL team members our experiences cover a very wide range
> of uses and many of us have been working on the code base for 17+ years
> and have worked in areas that are certainly well outside the average or
> common uses. However despite that experience we certainly don't think
> that we know what all the users of the code base are doing.
> Increasingly we are making sure any debate on project direction where
> there are mixed view points within the team brings in the openssl-users
> and/or openssl-dev lists so we get to have input from a wider set of
> people - who may or may not represent uses that we don't already know
> about.
> All the view points being expressed are valid and there are good reasons
> why we could as a team head in either direction (dropping out code or
> keeping everything or anything along that spectrum) and what is
> important is to listen to the input and see the varying points of view
> and add that into the decision making process.
> So if you have a use of OpenSSL that you think the team might not know
> about then please express that clearly on the list. View points on what
> has been proposed are also welcome - but I think you'll find increasing
> the awareness of the team about what our users are doing is the more
> important of the two objectives in seeking feedback.
> Tim.
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