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Google develops own 'boring' version of OpenSSL

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Google is developing its own version of OpenSSL that will be more appropriate for its own software products, which have been using the critical encryption component for years with customized patches.

The project, tentatively dubbed "BoringSSL," isn't designed to replace OpenSSL, wrote Adam Langley, a Google software engineer, on his personal blog. Google will contribute its changes to the OpenSSL open-source project and use bug fixes from that team, he wrote.

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OpenSSL is widely used software code that encrypts content between a client and a server. OpenSSL's code is undergoing a close examination after a vulnerability nicknamed "Heartbleed" was disclosed on April 7 that could potentially allow hackers to steal data or compromise the encrypted...(continued)

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