OpenSSL is an open source library that is the foundation for cryptographic operations such as hashing, encryption, creating electronic signatures and the ability to create keys, certificates, and sign them.

Widely known because it is used in the HTTP(S) protocol.

Written by Eric Young and Tim Hudson. The library became very popular, and in the future acquired numerous forks. Among the most famous:

  • Agglomerated SSL
  • LibreSSL
  • BoringSSL

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