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18 February 2008 @ 3am


Implementing Security with LIBSSL32.DLL in Open Source Tool Kit

Belonging to the OpenSSL Toolkit developed by the OpenSSL Project, libssl32.dll is an OpenSSL Shared Library file. The OpenSSL Project is a collective effort by worldwide developers to produce a solid, commercial-grade, comprehensive and Open Source toolkit to implement Secure Socket Layer (SSL v2/v3) and Transport Layer Security (TLS v1) protocols, as well as a full-strength general purpose cryptography library.

Used in establishing secure virtual network connections, libssl32.dll is one of the two primary components in OpenSSL server connections. The other is libeay32.dll. OpenSSL is installed by default in Linux systems, as it requires OpenSSH. There is also a rarely known MS Windows version of OpenSSl, which also requires the two files, libssl32.dll and libeay32.dll.

As the OpenSSL Toolkit is relatively new, errors are mostly concerning user interaction and may often be because of missing files. The dll files can be downloaded from www.stunnel.org. Until the final stable release of MSN Messenger 0.6, the libssl32.dll was used by MSN.

Errors & Fixes

Missing libssl32.dll

To fix this, you need to download the dll file from a trustworthy source and www.stunnel.org, which is a part of the developer team for OpenSSL, is a reliable source. The file has to be installed in the OpenSSL directory and not in system32.

Unknown object found: libssl32.dll

A common error with regard non-system dll files, this happens when the virus, spyware or malware checker in your system has recognized the dll file as a malicious file, rather than a library file. This error can be ignored.

Wherever you need a secure connection, be it for email encryption, instant messaging or high-end payment transactions, OpenSSL is the new, open source, reliable way to do it and libssl32.dll plays an important role in the functionality.