Status of OpenSSL 1.1 support - Thoughts

Damien Miller djm at
Thu Oct 19 09:43:41 AEDT 2017

On Wed, 18 Oct 2017, Blumenthal, Uri - 0553 - MITLL wrote:

> OpenSSL developers believed that there was a need for a significant
> change. A part of that change was a conscious choice to break (some
> of) the existing API. They considered that pain unavoidable. So far I
> happen to agree with their rationale and approach. Move from visible
> internal structures to accessor functions is a good thing, regardless
> of what you may think of it. And the new API *is* better, again like
> it or not.
> I understand the frustration with lack of a “migration library”,
> but how to you see a “shim” that allows code that relies on being
> able to directly access members of structures, run unmodified (just
> recompiled)?

You've got this exactly backwards. We don't want a shim that allows
OpenSSL-1.1 to present a OpenSSL-1.0 API. We want a shim that allows
us to use the OpenSSL-1.1 API when using OpenSSL-1.0, so we don't have
to maintain a forest of #ifdefs.

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