The Uncertain Future of Open SSL

Lora Bentley

Late last week, GCN reported that the National Institute of Technology and Standards (NIST) had revoked the Federal Information Processing Standard certification for Open SSL because of interoperability issues.


This morning, we found reports that the NIST's Cryptographic Module Validation Program decided to back off a little. The revocation has turned into a suspension, according to itWorldCanada. Though the label isn't as harsh, the result is much the same in that governments can no longer get Open SSL for use in their systems.


John Weathersby, executive director of the Open Source Software Institute, which is lobbying for Open SSL's validation, says that the suspension is a political move influenced by the many vendors who "want to make [Open SSL] die."

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Jul 31, 2006 4:01 AM Ken Hardin Ken Hardin  says:
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