SSL or Secure socket layer is now a need for transmission from user to server and vice versa, the importance of SSL is not a hidden truth so in this article I will not discuss the basis secure socket layer because it has been discussed on secure socket layer an introduction.
What is SSL?
If you don’t know about SSL than here is the quick introduction but remember introduction is not our main topic to discuss, “SSL or secure sockets layer are cryptographic protocols that provide secure communication over the Internet”. If you want to transmitt your credential information on the Internet than you must have a secure channel to avoid sniffing attack.
There are different SSL services available that provides an extra layer of security to your information by using cryptography, as previously discussed about PolarSSL an open source SSL.
So PolarSSL is not only a single player in open source we have OpenSSL too.
What Is OpenSSL?
According to OpenSSL website “The OpenSSL Project is a collaborative effort to develop a robust, commercial-grade, full-featured, and Open Source toolkit implementing the Secure Sockets Layer (SSL v2/v3) and Transport Layer Security (TLS v1) protocols as well as a full-strength general purpose cryptography library”.
So by looking these point you must have an idea about SSL and OpenSSL, you can run OpenSSL on your windows OS too and the most famous Linux distribution like Backtrack contain OpenSSL, tutorial of OpenSSL can be find on various websites and from the official website. Here is the quick tutorial or go through from OpenSSL.
For this tutorial I am using backtrack 5, however you can use some other Linux distribution and Windows.
If you want to check the version of OpenSSL use the command
[email protected]:~# openssl version
For more information with version use
[email protected]:~# openssl version -a
You can get the complete help menu by using this command
[email protected]:~# openssl help
Well this article is not based on tutorial but if you want to learn more about OpenSSL than here is the following links.