[Semibug] OpenSSL and Certificates [Was] Random passwords?

Jonathan Drews jondrews at fastmail.com
Sat Jul 17 15:24:01 EDT 2021

On Sat, Jul 17, 2021 at 05:09:24PM +0000, Thomas Levine wrote:
> Mike Wayne wrote:
> > I rather despise having to install a package (or, much worse,
> > multiple packages) for something so simple.
> openssl is in base.

Thanks for the sugestions folks. The random password question brings
up a bigger question: "How does SSL secure transactions"? I looked at
two explanations:

What is Secure Sockets Layer?
What is a Certificate?

Both of these were not very detailed.

My understanding is a socket is a port number and an IP address. Is
that correct? Could the location of CUPS be a socket?

After all isn't localhost just a synonym for

Any books or sources you guys can recommend on SSL? In particular
OpenSSL? I did read the docs at OpenSSL.org:


But I am still mystified as to the mechanics of SSL and why OpenSSL
was necessary.

Kind regards,

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