sshd fails with a "undefined symbol FIPS_mode" after updating a Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 machine

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  • System was updated from RHEL 5.2 to RHEL 5.5
  • After the update, sshd does not start anymore.  It prints the error "undefined symbol FIPS_mode"


  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.5
  • openssh-4.3p2-41.el5
  • openssl-0.9.8b-10.el5

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