I am running Debian Wheezy. I have just upgraded my system and should have the latest version of openssl (1.0.1g which fixes a critical bug), but it does not appear to be being used.

I have run:

apt-get update
apt-get upgrade

dpkg -s openssl shows: Version: 1.0.1e-2+deb7u5

openssl version shows: OpenSSL 1.0.1e 11 Feb 2013

I have rebooted my system since upgrading. What do I need to do to get openssl using the updated version?


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Per the Debian bug tracker, the Heartbleed issue was updated in version 1.0.1e-2+deb7u5:

Marked as fixed in versions 1.0.1e-2+deb7u5. Request was from Salvatore Bonaccorso to [email protected]. (Mon, 07 Apr 2014 21:45:14 GMT) Full text and rfc822 format available.

As such, you're running the updated version and are no longer vulnerable.

Source: https://bugs.debian.org/743883

This is common practice: Debian applied the security fix to the version that was already in the distribution.

  • Thanks for the clarification. So it's normal for the command openssl version to still report the same as it was previously? I guess I expected that would change.
    – user51279
    Apr 8, 2014 at 0:54
  • I agree that openssl version reporting the same as before isn't particularly helpful. Apr 8, 2014 at 1:42
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    If you have doubts, you can check for the vulnerability using filippo.io/Heartbleed Apr 8, 2014 at 19:26
  • @user51279 run openssl version -b and you can see the updated build date.
    – burmat
    Apr 9, 2014 at 16:50
  • Note that the "openssl" package only contains the tools etc. If you are looking for security fixes to the library you need to check the versions of the library packages (libssl1.0.0 and libcrypto1.0.0 )
    – plugwash
    Dec 16, 2015 at 14:55

The upstream version is 1.0.1e, which is what is being shown. What is the problem? Note the 2+deb7u5 after the dash is Debian-specific.

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    Because 1.0.1g is the latest upstream version at this time, and a lot of people are paying attention because of a highly publicized security vulnerability. Debian followed their practice of backporting security fixes, which isn't immediately obvious to people who aren't used to this practice. Apr 8, 2014 at 19:09

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