How can I install the ruby gem openssl version 2.2.1

I was just forced to install the openssl gem because I needed a newer version than ships with ruby. Locally, for our docker environment, it works like a charm. However, on CircleCI it fails with the below message. Any help greatly appreciated.

Installing openssl 2.2.1 with native extensions
Gem::Ext::BuildError: ERROR: Failed to build gem native extension.

current directory:
/usr/local/bin/ruby -I /usr/local/lib/ruby/site_ruby/2.3.0 -r
./siteconf20220531-177-15ajnpq.rb extconf.rb
checking for t_open() in -lnsl... no
checking for socket() in -lsocket... no
checking for openssl/ssl.h... no
*** extconf.rb failed ***
Could not create Makefile due to some reason, probably lack of necessary
libraries and/or headers.  Check the mkmf.log file for more details.  You may
need configuration options.

Provided configuration options:
extconf.rb:98:in `<main>': OpenSSL library could not be found. You might want to
use --with-openssl-dir=<dir> option to specify the prefix where OpenSSL is
installed. (RuntimeError)

To see why this extension failed to compile, please check the mkmf.log which can
be found here:


extconf failed, exit code 1

Gem files will remain installed in
/home/circleci/repo/vendor/bundle/ruby/2.3.0/gems/openssl-2.2.1 for inspection.
Results logged to

An error occurred while installing openssl (2.2.1), and Bundler cannot
Make sure that `gem install openssl -v '2.2.1' --source ''`
succeeds before bundling.

In Gemfile:

Exited with code exit status 5
CircleCI received exit code 5