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Entry  11 May 2016, Thomas Lindner, Info, MacOS 10.11 (El Capitan) openssl compilation errors 
    Reply  12 May 2016, Stefan Ritt, Info, MacOS 10.11 (El Capitan) openssl compilation errors 
    Reply  17 May 2016, Konstantin Olchanski, Info, openssl situation, MacOS 10.11 (El Capitan) openssl compilation errors 
Message ID: 1179     Entry time: 17 May 2016     In reply to: 1177
Author: Konstantin Olchanski 
Topic: Info 
Subject: openssl situation, MacOS 10.11 (El Capitan) openssl compilation errors 
> I recently upgraded my macbook to MacOS 10.11. 
> [ and midas would not compile ]
> It seems that MacOS has now fully removed openssl ...

My read of tea leaves - the macos version of openssl was so old it was almost useless, did not support any of the modern HTTPS 
features. So to use mhttpd with https you pretty much had to install openssl from macports anyway. For macos 10.11 maybe they 
looked at upgrading to newer version, but since the openssl kerfuffle last year, there is several forks of openssl (the OpenBSD fork 
named libressl is the best, IMO), so rather than picking and choosing, they deleted the whole thing.

Now back to MIDAS.

We use the mongoose web server module and I have expected by now for them to make a move on improving HTTPS support, but no 
move happened.

Right now mongoose support OpenSSL only (I would expect the OpenBSD LibreSSL fork to work to of the box, too). Other then that, 
they have:
a) their own mickey-mouse https library (krypton) which does not support any modern cryptography (RC4 only - when RC4 is known to 
be useless).
b) an adapter library (polar) for interfacing with PolarSSL (mbedtls)

At this point I would rather abandon the implicit dependency on the system-provided openssl and have an explicit dependancy on a 
modern https crypto library.

Option (b) would work for us - 
1) add "git clone mbedtls; cd mbedtls; make" to midas build instructions
2) add polarssl_compat.c to midas git (from cessanta/polar repo)
3) retest mhttpd against ssllabs https scanner, retest against all web browsers.

The downside of this route is loss of automatic nightly updates to the https crypto library (for better or for worse).


P.S. Because on MacOS use of openssl from macports is pretty much required, it should be moved from the "tricks" page to the 
standard midas installation instructions ("install required packages").
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