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RE: HTTPS request with curl library gives "out of memory" error

From: Ambarish Mitra <>
Date: Fri, 11 Jan 2008 15:42:25 +0530

On Thu, 10 Jan 2008, Ambarish Mitra wrote:

> I am on curl 7.12.1, and SSL support is enabled. Also, openssl version is:
> OpenSSL 0.9.7a Feb 19 2003.

Both these versions are very old and contain numerous bugs and security
You should start by trying more recent versions of both libcurl and openssl.

--Daniel, Thanks for your response. I have now upgraded the versions of
both. I am now on curl 7.16.0 and OpenSSL 0.9.8g 19 Oct 2007

[ambarish_at_ps0887 authzplugin]$ curl --version
curl 7.16.0 (i686-pc-linux-gnu) libcurl/7.16.0 OpenSSL/0.9.7a zlib/
Protocols: tftp ftp telnet dict ldap http file https ftps
Features: IDN IPv6 Largefile NTLM SSL libz

However, the problem still persists. The behaviour is exactly the same. In
SSL mode, the curl_easy_perform gives "out of memory" error, whereas in
non-SSL mode, it is working fine.

However, the good part is: in the trace mode, this version of curl gives a
helpful message, which was not coming in the older version. In the verbose
mode, the following is printed:

== Info: SSL: couldn't create a context!

I think this is the root cause, but no idea why a SSL context could not be
created. Any help/pointers would be helpful.

Thanks, Ambarish.

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