Actually as the error seems asm related, it could be related to the 64bit kernel I'm using ...
The system is a core2 duo in an hosting company, the system was installed by them under Sarge, and I upgraded it to Etch and used a 2.6.18 64bit kernel (provided by the hosting company).
Could you post a list of dpkg -l somewhere so I can do a diff and try to check for a change ?
UPDATE : Ok, found a thead about openssl and 64bit arch - checking that out :
UPDATE : ... not ok after all :
Operating system: x86_64-whatever-linux2
Configuring for linux-x86_64
target already defined - linux-x86_64 (offending arg: linux-generic64)
ERROR: Could not configure OpenSSL
UPDATE : Rebooted on the same kernel built for 32bit, everything works as expected.
Well, that was a strange stuff - will reboot to the 64bit kernel after install.