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OpenSSL is currently in a pretty bad state, it is quite frequently updated, and as with any other software, it is much likely that some bugs will appear "in the future". OpenSSL is sometimes used by Sage, for example when you use the sage -pip command, so you can not completely avoid its use. Of course, you can build Sage without SSL and those features will not be available.

Also, the Sage openssl package is here in case your distro does not provide it (or if you are not root to install it). We try to keep it up-to-date. If you don't want do be worried about updates and are using a mainstream distro and have enough administration rights on the machine, you should better install the libssl libssl-dev packages that will automatically benefit from the upgrades provided by your distro.