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authorJung-uk Kim <jkim@FreeBSD.org>2012-06-27 16:44:58 +0000
committerJung-uk Kim <jkim@FreeBSD.org>2012-06-27 16:44:58 +0000
commit2b8b5455829304396e38200c205612c4dc57c052 (patch)
treecc5cd6657453d80b7eafb3ba5cc4ef4fd66c176f /FAQ
parentfd3744ddb062b70bb370acec340acbac23f0bd98 (diff)
Import OpenSSL 0.9.8x.vendor/openssl/0.9.8x
Notes: svn path=/vendor-crypto/openssl/dist/; revision=237653 svn path=/vendor-crypto/openssl/0.9.8x/; revision=237654; tag=vendor/openssl/0.9.8x
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diff --git a/FAQ b/FAQ
index 50e9314082bb..bb6f7e2d297a 100644
--- a/FAQ
+++ b/FAQ
@@ -10,6 +10,7 @@ OpenSSL - Frequently Asked Questions
* Why aren't tools like 'autoconf' and 'libtool' used?
* What is an 'engine' version?
* How do I check the authenticity of the OpenSSL distribution?
+* How does the versioning scheme work?
[LEGAL] Legal questions
@@ -82,7 +83,7 @@ OpenSSL - Frequently Asked Questions
* Which is the current version of OpenSSL?
The current version is available from <URL: http://www.openssl.org>.
-OpenSSL 1.0.0c was released on Dec 2nd, 2010.
+OpenSSL 1.0.1c was released on May 10th, 2012.
In addition to the current stable release, you can also access daily
snapshots of the OpenSSL development version at <URL:
@@ -108,7 +109,9 @@ In addition, you can read the most current versions at
<URL: http://www.openssl.org/docs/>. Note that the online documents refer
to the very latest development versions of OpenSSL and may include features
not present in released versions. If in doubt refer to the documentation
-that came with the version of OpenSSL you are using.
+that came with the version of OpenSSL you are using. The pod format
+documentation is included in each OpenSSL distribution under the docs
For information on parts of libcrypto that are not yet documented, you
might want to read Ariel Glenn's documentation on SSLeay 0.9, OpenSSL's
@@ -173,6 +176,19 @@ just do:
pgp TARBALL.asc
+* How does the versioning scheme work?
+After the release of OpenSSL 1.0.0 the versioning scheme changed. Letter
+releases (e.g. 1.0.1a) can only contain bug and security fixes and no
+new features. Minor releases change the last number (e.g. 1.0.2) and
+can contain new features that retain binary compatibility. Changes to
+the middle number are considered major releases and neither source nor
+binary compatibility is guaranteed.
+Therefore the answer to the common question "when will feature X be
+backported to OpenSSL 1.0.0/0.9.8?" is "never" but it could appear
+in the next minor release.
[LEGAL] =======================================================================
* Do I need patent licenses to use OpenSSL?
@@ -284,7 +300,7 @@ current directory in this case, but this has changed with 0.9.6a.)
Check out the CA.pl(1) manual page. This provides a simple wrapper round
the 'req', 'verify', 'ca' and 'pkcs12' utilities. For finer control check
out the manual pages for the individual utilities and the certificate
-extensions documentation (currently in doc/openssl.txt).
+extensions documentation (in ca(1), req(1), x509v3_config(5) )
* Why can't I create certificate requests?