OpenSSL fixes high-severity flaw that allows hackers to crash servers

OpenSSL, the most widely used software library for implementing website and email encryption, has patched a high-severity vulnerability that makes it easy for hackers to completely shut down huge numbers of servers.

OpenSSL provides time-tested cryptographic functions that implement the Transport Layer Security protocol, the successor to Secure Sockets Layer that encrypts data flowing between Internet servers and end-user clients. People developing applications that use TLS rely on OpenSSL to save time and avoid programming errors that are common when noncryptographers build applications that use complex encryption.

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