I am having a strange problem, my system is exposed to heartbleed, and I am trying to fix it by using: apt-get clean,
apt-get update
apt-get upgrade openssl

but the response is:

Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree
Reading state information... Done
Calculating upgrade... Done
openssl is already the newest version.
The following packages have been kept back:
  libncurses5 libncursesw5 libssl-dev
0 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 0 to remove and 3 not upgraded.

my openssl version is:
openssl version -a

OpenSSL 1.0.1f-dev xx XXX xxxx
built on: Mon Dec 23 14:23:57 UTC 2013
platform: debian-amd64
options:  bn(64,64) rc4(8x,int) des(idx,cisc,16,int) blowfish(idx)
OPENSSLDIR: "/usr/lib/ssl"

openssl version -b

built on: Mon Dec 23 14:23:57 UTC 2013

I had thought that the problem is in the sources list and here is my sources list:

#deb http://ftp.debian.org/debian stable main contrib

#deb http://ftp.debian.org/debian/ wheezy-updates main contrib

#deb http://security.debian.org/ wheezy/updates main contrib
deb http://http.debian.net/debian wheezy main
deb-src http://http.debian.net/debian wheezy main

deb http://http.debian.net/debian wheezy-updates main
deb-src http://http.debian.net/debian wheezy-updates main

deb http://security.debian.org/ wheezy/updates main
deb-src http://security.debian.org/ wheezy/updates main

you can see the old ones in comment, but updating and trying to upgrade even with apt-get upgrade make no progress.

My serevr is on rackspace if it's somehow relevant...

I really don't know what to do, please help me.

  • yes I had tried...
    – Wazime
    Commented May 2, 2014 at 10:42
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    I'm no debian guru, but if I correctly understand this answer, Wheezy should be on 1.0.1e. Have you perchance installed your own version of OpenSSL?
    – MadHatter
    Commented May 2, 2014 at 11:15

2 Answers 2


Thanks all for your efforts, here is how I had solved it:
apparently my openssl was from a test package instead of stable one. so the aptitude always thought the package is up to date.

in order to fix it I had run the next commands:
apt-get install openssl=1.0.1a-2+deb7u7
apt-get install libssl1.0.0=1.0.1e-2+deb7u7

it forced debian to install this packages with the exact version. and now it works

  • I'll take that as a resounding "yes" to my question above, then! Thank you for coming back and posting a cogent answer to your own question; this may help others in future. Don't forget to accept it by clicking the tick outline next to it, once the site will permit that.
    – MadHatter
    Commented May 7, 2014 at 7:35


apt-get install openssl

That should force Debian reinstalling/upgrading only the OpenSSL again. See what version it installs.

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