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Tool and Usage

OpenSSL is an open source project and provides a toolkit for Transport Layer Security (TLS) and Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) protocols.

Why this tool?

This popular toolkit is used by many systems. It provides options like encryption and hashing of data, integrity testing, and digital certificates and signatures. Many software applications use the toolkit to provide support for these functions. OpenSSL also has a client utility that can be used on the command line to test, decrypt and encrypt data, and create certificates.

Usage and audience

This tool is categorized as a cryptography library and data encryption tool.

OpenSSL is commonly used for certificate management or data encryption. Target users for this tool are developers, pentesters, security professionals, and system administrators.


  • OpenSSL is written in C
  • Command line interface

Tool review

The review and analysis of this project resulted in the following remarks for this security tool:


  • + The source code of this software is available
  • + Well-known library


  • - Major vulnerabilities in the past


Support operating systems

OpenSSL is known to work on All platforms.

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Project details
Latest releaseNo release found
Last updatedOct. 5, 2017

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