The Dangers of Using OpenSSL to Secure IoT

Is OpenSSL Pandora’s box of virus threats?

Bigger is not always better. With approximately 457,000 lines of code OpenSSL is statistically bound to have more bugs than shorter codebases. The counter-intuitive truth of security is that each new layer of complexity provides further room for gaps in security to manifest.

The Heartbleed security bug

  • The latest in a long list of OpenSSL vulnerabilities

No coding guidelines

  • Inconsistent architectural decisions, design patterns, and look and feel

Haphazard documentation

  • A lack of cohesive and task-structured documentation

 

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