OpenSSL compliance with Linux distributions

Patrick Mooc patrick.mooc at
Wed Aug 5 20:28:26 UTC 2020

Thank you very much Kyle for your quick and clear answer.

The reason why I want to upgrade OpenSSL version, is that I encounter a 
problem with 1 frame exchange between client and server.

This frame is the first packet sent from client to server (Client Hello 
Packet) and the protocol used for this packet is SSLv2.
I don't understand why, because I force the use of TLSv1 (in ssl.conf 
file as in application software), but only for this first exchange 
packet, SSLv2 is used. All other packets are well using TLSv10 as 

I have also searched for forcing the use of TLSv10 ciphers in OpenSSL 
configuration and in application software, but I didn't succeed doing so.

That's why I had in idea of upgrading OpenSSL version to avoid the use 
of SSLv2 protocol.

Thus, if you have any idea of how to solve my problem without upgrading 
OpenSSL version or Linux distribution, It would be very nice.

Thank you in advance for your answer.

Best Regards,

Le 05/08/2020 à 22:10, Kyle Hamilton a écrit :
> It is never recommended to upgrade you distribution's version of 
> OpenSSL with one you compile yourself.  Doing so will often break all 
> software installed by the distribution that uses it.
> If you need functionality from newer versions of OpenSSL, your options 
> are to upgrade your OS version, or to install a local copy of OpenSSL 
> and manually compile and link local copies of the applications that 
> need the newer functionality.
> (Newer versions of OpenSSL do not maintain the same Application Binary 
> Interface (ABI), which means that binaries compiled against older 
> versions will not correctly operate or dynamically link against newer 
> libraries. Also, distributions such as Debian can modify the ABI in 
> such a way that nothing distributed directly by 
> <> can be compiled to meet it without source code 
> modification.)
> -Kyle H
> On Wed, Aug 5, 2020, 14:49 Patrick Mooc <patrick.mooc at 
> <mailto:patrick.mooc at>> wrote:
>     Hello,
>     I'm using an old version of OpenSSL (0.9.8g) on an old Linux Debian
>     distribution (Lenny).
>     Is it possible to upgrade OpenSSL version without upgrading Linux
>     Debian
>     distribution ?
>     If yes, up to which version of OpenSSL ?
>     Are all versions of OpenSSL compliant with all Linux Debian
>     distribution ?
>     Thank you in advance for your answer.
>     Best Regards,
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