24.Key Code

The OpenSSL team has released version 3.0 of its secure communications library after a lengthy gestation period. What have we learned during that time? Quite a bit, it appears.

Coming nearly three years after its predecessor, version 1.1.1, the update lays claim to 17 alpha releases, two beta releases, and more than 7,500 commits. Equally significant is a near-doubling of the amount of documentation since upgrading an application to use it might not be an entirely simple process.

"OpenSSL 3.0 is a major release and not fully backwards compatible with the previous release," explained Matt Caswell of the OpenSSL Management Committee.