Software that uses OpenSSL
jb-openssl at wisemo.com
Tue Aug 18 03:58:31 UTC 2020
On 06/08/2020 22:17, Quanah Gibson-Mount wrote:
> --On Thursday, August 6, 2020 1:21 PM -0700 Dan Kegel <dank at kegel.com>
>> lists 861 packages, belonging to something like 400 projects, that
>> on openssl....
> Unfortunately, due to Debian's odd take on the OpenSSL license, many
> projects that can use OpenSSL are compiled against alternative SSL
> libraries, so this can miss a lot of potential applications (OpenLDAP,
> for example).
It's not an odd take. The SSLeay license explicitly bans releasing
OpenSSL code under the GPL (as part of SSLeay's own copyleft provisions).
GPL version 2 explicitly prohibits OS bundled GPL code from linking to
OS-bundled non-GPL code, so this can be done only by violating the
So no OS distribution can include GPL 2 code using OpenSSL 1.x.x
GPL version 2 explicitly allows independently distibuted copies of GPL 2
programs to link to any OS-bundled libs, including OS-bundled OpenSSL
(this clause was intended to allow linking to stuff like the Microsoft
or Sun OS libraries)
Some GPL version 2 programs include an extra license permission to link
against OpenSSL even when those GPL version 2 programs are bundled with
> Hopefully with OpenSSL 3.0 and later, this won't be as much of an issue.
Does the Apache 2.0 license allow redistributing code under GPL 2 ?
> Quanah Gibson-Mount
> Product Architect
> Symas Corporation
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