Before you email me...
I get a lot of queries which fall into various categories. Until now
I've largely responded to these individually. In future I may just
point senders to this notice or just ignore them. Here are the
categories of what is and is not welcome.
Consultancy and Funding.
PKI and OpenSSL consultancy is very welcome as is
funding for my OpenSSL development or indeed funding for proposed
OpenSSL development. You can see some of my past contributions and some
brief future plans here.
My work in general on the OpenSSL
currently unfunded and any consultancy will partly go
towards aiding future development. I have a very
large number of OpenSSL projects currently in the "stalled" state due
to lack of resources.
There are mailing lists for
clearly described on the website.
get lots of email from people asking questions that are either dealt
with in the FAQ (that
big button marked FAQ
on the website) the
manual pages, the accompanying documentation or have been
answered before. I've lost count of the number of times someone
asks why they can't read a private key encrypted with a password in a
program or why a Windows program crashes on the first BIO call.
person sends this query to both mailing lists (in almost all cases only
one mailing list is appropriate) and when they do not get an immediate
response email the
entire core and development team. Presumably this is the same
kind of person that emails Bill Gates whenever they have a Windows
I occasionally get emails from individuals or companies requesting
large amounts of technical assistance. Especially annoying are those
from large multinationals often after they've not received a useful
reply from other organisations with whom they have an expensive
technical support contract. Indications of how urgent the project is
don't help either. This is your project, not mine. You are getting paid
to do it and I am not. A pointer to my consultancy services is usually
met with a comment that they couldn't possibly pay for my services.
Well, how would your company respond if I contacted them and demanded
large amounts of free consultancy?
Almost all spam gets deleted unread. The occasional one gets read so
I can make a note of the company sending and ensure that I never do any
business with them in future or send an abuse report to the appropriate
I get quite a few queries from students who have undertaken OpenSSL or
PKI related projects and want assistance. In many cases the individual
concerned has limited or no knowledge of OpenSSL or PKI and does not
want to state in public mailing lists their request for help. I do not
have the resources to be an unpaid private tutor and even if I did I
would require appropriate acknowledgment of any contribution I made. In
more direct terms: if you have taken on a course or project which is
beyond your abilities and you want me to do the work for you (i.e.
cheat) then don't bother asking because you probably wont even get a
Any questions or contributions to this website are appreciated.
If you've known me in the past and want a chat (yes oddly enough some
people have actually met me)
email is especially welcome.
If after reading all this you decide your issue is in the "acceptable"
category then you can mail me at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
If your query specifically relates to funding or consultancy then
get a quicker response by removing the "demon" part from the email