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I am trying building apache with mod_ssl and I am running into issues becuase my OpenSSL version is less than 0.9.8a. I tried updating but yum says I have the latest version ( 0.9.8e-27.el5_10.1, which already appears to be greater than the required...)

Can I install the latest openssl rpm for CentOS 6.5 distro? What are my options?

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Answer for the first question is no. It would break your system. I don't know particularly CentOS but it seems doing yum install mod_ssl is sufficient to get mod_ssl. If you really need to compile it yourself, you have to install the OpenSSL's development packages: yum install openssl-devel.

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I am building apache for a non-root user. yum install openssl-devel was what I needed. Thanks. – yellavon May 6 '14 at 16:24

My Centos 6.5 openssl is at 1.0.1e-16.el6_5.7 (which fyi includes the heartbleed fix) and was installed via yum.

Make sure you have the repo configured and enabled in /etc/yum.repos.d/CentOS-Base.repo. Mine has a stanza like this:

#released updates 
name=CentOS-$releasever - Updates

Then it should simply be a case of yum update openssl. It will inform you of dependencies and prompt you for confirmation before installing anything.

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