Thanks for your reply. I am thinking of booting off the FC5 CDs and selecting the upgrade option to upgrade the existing system files but leaving the user files alone. Would that work? I assume it will just replace the corrupted libcrypto with the one from the CD. Since the CDs and what's on the disk are both FC5, the rest of the system is basically unchanged.
It would be at the screen shown at this webpage: http://docs.fedoraproject.org/fedora...ng-system.html
How do you boot in single user mode in FC5, as you described? I dont believe FC5 have a LIVE CD.