However, the bigger problem is the version of the operating system:
$ lsb_release -a
No LSB modules are available.
Distributor ID: Ubuntu
Description: Ubuntu 13.04
Ubuntu 13.04 is not supported anymore according to https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Releases. The developer probably issued apt-get upgrade, but nothing to be updated, because Ubuntu stopped supporting the release. Therefore, no security update. And Ubuntu 13.04 is not listed in Ubuntu Security Notice USN-2165-1. So, the developer opted for building the library from the source. After installation from the source, the binary openssl was overridden by the source build, and the command openssl version showed the latest and patched version 1.0.1g.
To fix the problem, we need to reinstall the package first:
$ sudo apt-get install--reinstall openssl
Now, this will revert control back to apt-get and overwrite the binary /usr/bin/openssl:
And then we must perform the distribution upgrade to the latest long term support version, in order to continue receiving updates.
The lesson I have learned from this is that if you are going the wrong direction, no matter how hard you work, you are not going to make it. Make sure to take the initial investment, and really understand the true cause of the problem before attempting to resolve the issue. And don’t blindly follow the procedure. Understand it first, and adapt to your specific situation. As Abraham Lincoln once said:
“If I have nine hours to chop down a tree, I’d spend the first six sharpening my ax.”