Installing the Latest Version of Curl

I came across a bizarre issue yesterday with Ubuntu WSL on my development machine.

curl: (35) OpenSSL/3.0.8: error:0A000152:SSL routines::unsafe legacy renegotiation disabled

What made it bizarre is I’d been using regular curl commands for months and seemingly overnight I began getting these errors.

It turned out that policies had been updated internally to the latest OpenSSL Versions which – if you don’t have the latest version of Curl – caused failure until the package is updated.

So – this morning – I spent some time to write up a install script to upgrade Curl to the latest version on Ubuntu.

This should work on any version of linux – just swap the apt command with yum.

git clone
cd curl
sudo apt install autoconf libtool make automake -y
sudo apt remove curl
sudo apt purge curl
autoreconf -fi
./configure --with-openssl
sudo make
sudo make install
sudo cp /usr/local/bin/curl /usr/bin/curl
sudo ldconfig

Then – to set a temporary configuration to fix the original error do the following…

echo "openssl_conf = openssl_init

ssl_conf = ssl_sect

system_default = system_default_sect

Options = UnsafeLegacyRenegotiation" > $HOME/.openssl.cnf

Under your .bash_profile for your user – add the following line…

export OPENSSL_CONF="$HOME/.openssl.cnf"

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