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Updated curl package provides additional security for R on Windows

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There are many R packages that connect to the internet, whether it’s to import data (readr), install packages from Github (devtools), connect with cloud services (AzureML), or many other web-connected tasks. There’s one R package in particular that provides the underlying connection between R and the Web: curl, by Jeroen Ooms, who is also the new maintainer for R for Windows. (The name comes from curl, a command-line utility and interface library for connecting to web-based services). The curl package provides replacements for the standard url and download.file functions in R with support for encryption, and the package was recently updated to enhance its security, particularly on Windows. To implement secure communications, the curl package needs to connect with a library that handles the SSL (secure socket layer) encryption. On Linux and Macs, curl has always used the OpenSSL library, which is…
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