rdediana rdediana - 3 months ago 101
Python Question

Python and OpenSSL version reference issue on OS X

Trying to resolve an OpenSSL version issue I'm having.

It seems that I have three different versions of OpenSSL on my Mac.


  1. Python 2.7.11 has version 0.9.7m:

    python -c "import ssl; print ssl.OPENSSL_VERSION"
    OpenSSL 0.9.7m 23 Feb 2007

  2. At the Terminal:

    openssl version
    OpenSSL 1.0.1h 5 Jun 2014

  3. Recently Compiled / Installed:

    /usr/local/ssl/bin/openssl
    OpenSSL> version
    OpenSSL 1.0.2h 3 May 2016
    OpenSSL>



I recently upgraded my OS X to 10.11.5. In the process, caused an issue for previously working python scripts. Below is the error message snippet:

Python Error Message:

You are linking against OpenSSL 0.9.8, which is no longer *
RuntimeError: You are linking against OpenSSL 0.9.8, which is no longer support by the OpenSSL project. You need to upgrade to a newer version of OpenSSL.


(* - yes, this is how the error message looks like. It's trimmed in the middle of the sentence.)

Any recommendations on resolving this issue would be greatly appreciated. What I'd like is to have Python reference the OpenSSL version 1.0.2h vs the outdated version 0.9.7m.

I've tried installing Python and OpenSSL many times using various post / blogs for guidance without any luck.

Answer

You can install a version of python that uses a newer version of openssl.

First you can brew install a new version of open SSL

brew update
brew install openssl
brew link --force openssl

You should see a newer version with

openssl version -a

Then you can install a different version of python which uses that newer version of openssl. If you use pyenv, that would be:

CFLAGS="-I$(brew --prefix openssl)/include" \
LDFLAGS="-L$(brew --prefix openssl)/lib" \
pyenv install -v 3.4.3

You can find more information about installing a version of python with a brew installed version of openssl here: https://github.com/yyuu/pyenv/wiki/Common-build-problems