Curl For Windows Now Uses WinSSL

David Smith notes that curl version 3.0 supports the winSSL library rather than installing OpenSSL:

To implement secure communications, the curl package needs to connect with a library that handles the SSL (secure socket layer) encryption. On Linux and Macs, curl has always used the OpenSSL library, which is included on those systems. Windows doesn’t have this library (at least, outside of the Subsystem for Linux), so on Windows the curl package included the OpenSSL library and associated certificate. This raises its own set of issues (see the post linked below for details), so version 3.0 of the package instead uses the built-in winSSL library. This means curl uses the same security architecture as other connected applications on Windows.

This shouldn’t have any impact on your web-connectivity from R now or in the future, except the knowledge that the underlying architecture is more secure. Nonetheless, it’s possible to switch back to OpenSSL-based encryption (and this remains the default on Windows 7, which does not include the winSSL).

Click through for more information.

Related Posts

Using Let’s Encrypt Certificates To Encrypt SQL Server Connections

Daniel Hutmacher walks through the process of setting up a certificate on a SQL Server to enable connection encryption: Based on a real-world scenario I encountered recently, here is the premise for this post. I’m putting it here at the top, so I won’t have to expand my post into a gazillion permutations for all […]

Read More

Housing Prices In Ames, Iowa: A Kaggle Competition

Kathryn Bryant and M. Aaron Owen share their Kaggle experiences.  First, Kathryn, et al: The lifecycle of our project was a typical one. We started with data cleaning and basic exploratory data analysis, then proceeded to feature engineering, individual model training, and ensembling/stacking. Of course, the process in practice was not quite so linear and […]

Read More

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Categories

November 2017
MTWTFSS
« Oct  
 12345
6789101112
13141516171819
20212223242526
27282930