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OpenSSL to Patch High Severity Vulnerability

The OpenSSL Project announced today that upcoming releases of the cryptographic software library will address two security flaws.

The OpenSSL Project announced today that upcoming releases of the cryptographic software library will address two security flaws.

OpenSSL 1.0.2f and 1.0.1r are scheduled for release on January 28 between 1pm and 5pm UTC. One of the vulnerabilities, which affects 1.0.2 releases, has been rated “high severity,” while the second flaw, rated “low severity,” impacts all releases.

According to the OpenSSL Project’s security policy, high severity issues are considered of lower risk compared to critical vulnerabilities because they affect less common configurations or are less likely to be exploitable.

High severity issues are kept private until they are patched with a new release for all supported versions. The OpenSSL Project aims to fix such flaws within a month.

In its pre-release announcement, the OpenSSL Project pointed out that support for the 1.0.0 and 0.9.8 releases ended on December 31, 2015, and they will no longer receive security updates. Support for version 1.0.1 will end on December 31, 2016.

In early December, the OpenSSL Project announced versions 1.0.2e, 1.0.1q, 1.0.0t and 0.9.8zh to address three moderate severity vulnerabilities reported by Loïc Jonas Etienne of Qnective AG, Google’s Adam Langley, and researcher Hanno Böck. Two low severity issues were also addressed at the time.

Last year, a total of 31 vulnerabilities were patched in OpenSSL with the release of ten updates.

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Eduard Kovacs (@EduardKovacs) is a contributing editor at SecurityWeek. He worked as a high school IT teacher for two years before starting a career in journalism as Softpedia’s security news reporter. Eduard holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial informatics and a master’s degree in computer techniques applied in electrical engineering.

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