[Development] SSL Plans for Qt 5.6

Richard Moore rich at kde.org
Sun Feb 22 18:42:23 CET 2015

On 22 February 2015 at 17:39, Jeremy Lainé <jeremy.laine at m4x.org> wrote:

> Hi Rich,
> On 02/21/2015 06:30 PM, Richard Moore wrote:
> > Here's an outline of stuff I'd like to see get done in the Qt 5.6 time
> > frame:
> >
> > * Complete removal of openssl 0.9.8 support
> >
> > This has been unsupported for a while and was really only retained
> > since it is the only version apple ship on OS X (though they don't
> > actually recommend using it). Qt 5.5 introduces the new
> > SecureTransport backend for SSL so there's now no good reason to
> > continue having all the ifdefs.
> Whilst I agree with the goal of dropping support for old / unmaintained
> OpenSSL versions, in the case of OS X we probably need to map out the
> transition in more detail - especially what policy to follow for the
> official binary releases. My main concern is that in Qt 5.5 the
> SecureTransport backend is available on OS X, but as far as I know we
> are still aiming for OpenSSL-based binaries. This means that a lot of
> users will not be exposed to this new backend at all, and then suddenly
> in Qt 5.6 the old backend will be completely gone, with no way to build
> it even from source.

I think you're misunderstanding. Openssl will remain supported, just not
the outdated 0.9.8 branch apple ship. Users will still be able to make use
of openssl on mac they'll just have install a newer version. Does this
change your concerns?


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