Forum OpenACS Q&A: Re: https is down
But in this case, the Right Way would be to build your own OpenSSL 0.9.7b binary package for Debian Stable. Probably using the same source package that's in testing now, you just need to rebuild with the older Stable tool chain.
Personally, I haven't gotten around to actually doing that sort of thing yet, but my understanding is it's not bad. At least, several people here do that sort of thing, and I've read (on the Beowulf mailing list, other places) that it's not unusual for admins of large clusters to choose to rebuild most of their binary packages from source packages as a matter of course.
For Debian though, I bet someone has already done it, and if you like can just add a line to your /etc/apt/sources.list and download their binary package.