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Today the heartbleed OpenSSL exploit was announced in the wild, which allows an attacker to surreptitiously detect and steal private server keys (allowing them to MitM and decrypt your encrypted data and steal passwords). This affects OpenSSL versions including 1.0.1f which is the version on my up-to-date Mavericks computer Mac (because I used port/brew to install other software which updated my openssl without me realizing it):

$ openssl version
OpenSSL 1.0.1f 6 Jan 2014

This demonstrates I am not using the Mavericks version of OpenSSL:

$ which openssl

OpenSSL released a fix today in 1.0.1g and I wonder how I can get this fixed version installed over my current version?

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You are not using the version that came with OS X Mavericks -- that's 0.9.8y, which does not have the heartbleed bug (it was introduced in 1.0.1). Your best update path will depend on where and how you installed the newer version. which openssl might be informative. Also, the major problem isn't the openssl command, it's the openssl libraries (which are used by other programs) -- those aren't API compatible between versions 0.9.x and 1.0.x, so you do not want to update the system-supplied openssl libraries! – Gordon Davisson Apr 8 '14 at 5:13
@GordonDavisson - You are totally right. I was mistaken. I had apparently installed MacPort at some point on this machine which upgraded my openssl. (Probably when I was trying to get python2.7 working). Probably should delete this question, but won't in case others make the same mistake find SapphireSun's great answer useful). – dr jimbob Apr 8 '14 at 5:31
With that clarifying update, I'd leave it. There are probably other people in the same boat, and having this here should give them an idea what needs to be done. – Gordon Davisson Apr 8 '14 at 5:38
If you install OpenSSL with brew it will not link the binaries to /usr/bin. Therefore it will not be run if you issue an openssl on command line. – Max Ried Apr 9 '14 at 21:16
@MaxRied how do you run the version that homebrew installed? I installed new openssl by instructions in accepted answer, and openssl version returns 1.0.1g, but you're saying openssl commands aren't using that version? – inorganik Apr 23 '14 at 17:15

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For what it's worth, I just used homebrew (

brew update
brew install openssl
brew link --force openssl

openssl version -a

If one of the bad versions come up (1.0.1a-f):

which openssl

Replace with a symlink to /usr/local/Cellar/openssl/1.0.1g/bin/openssl

e.g. in my case openssl was located in /usr/bin

mv /usr/bin/openssl /usr/bin/openssl_OLD
ln -s /usr/local/Cellar/openssl/1.0.1g/bin/openssl /usr/bin/openssl

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Don't delete the original—just rename it. If you find the Homebrew-built version doesn't work for some purpose, there's no reason to put yourself up a creek without a (working) paddle. – Terry N Apr 8 '14 at 4:52
Fair enough, but on the other hand, I wouldn't call that version working... – SapphireSun Apr 8 '14 at 4:59
Even with the vulnerability, it's still useful to you in any situation in which you're willing to take the calculated risk in order to get app X (that depends on it) to work briefly. Or, if you prefer... "working" in the sense that a broken paddle can still push water. :-p – Terry N Apr 8 '14 at 5:48
Just a note - after performing these steps, typing "openssl" in the terminal window failed with a "no such file or directory" error pointing to the old copy (but it did work in a new terminal window). To fix the terminal window I was working in, I needed to do a: hash -r – Mike Hedman Apr 11 '14 at 21:28
On OS X 10.9.5, I got openssl binary with homebrew, but had to manually create the symlink (the end of the answer). – Nikolay Tsenkov Oct 1 '14 at 9:47

Or for those who are using mac ports, and are not worried about keeping the version

sudo port upgrade openssl

simples :-)

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sudo port upgrade outdated also works. – dr jimbob Apr 8 '14 at 16:51

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