mysql master master replication with ssl encryption

Lets assume the two servers to be serverA and serverB

Create the certificates to use with mysql replication:

openssl genrsa 2048 > ca-key.pem

openssl req -new -x509 -nodes -days 1000 -key ca-key.pem > ca-cert.pem


The common name must be different for two certificates, or it will not work.

Create the Certificates for ServerA :

openssl req -newkey rsa:2048 -days 1000 -nodes -keyout servera-key.pem > servera-req.pem
openssl x509 -req -in servera-req.pem -days 1000 -CA ca-cert.pem -CAkey ca-key.pem -set_serial 01 > servera-cert.pem

Now Create the Certificates for ServerB:

openssl req -newkey rsa:2048 -days 1000 -nodes -keyout serverb-key.pem > serverb-req.pem
openssl x509 -req -in serverb-req.pem -days 1000 -CA ca-cert.pem -CAkey ca-key.pem -set_serial 01 > serverb-cert.pem

Copy ca-* and each server’s respective keys  to each server.

Now Configure each Server:


GRANT REPLICATION SLAVE ON *.* TO 'slave_user'@'%' IDENTIFIED BY 'slave_password' REQUIRE SSL;

If the user already exists:

GRANT USAGE ON *.* TO 'slave_user'@'%' REQUIRE SSL;
Flush privileges;

Add the following parameters under [mysqld] section of /etc/my.cnf

vi /etc/my.cnf


GRANT REPLICATION SLAVE ON *.* TO 'slave_user'@'%' IDENTIFIED BY 'slave_password' REQUIRE SSL;
Flush privileges;

Add the following parameters under [mysqld] section of my.cnf :

vi /etc/my.cnf



Adjust your other replication parameters as usual, or see my post for mysql master master replication for information on how to setup master/master replication

Now on each server run the following command on mysql console :

CHANGE MASTER TO MASTER_HOST='master_ip', MASTER_USER='slave_user', MASTER_PASSWORD='slave_password', MASTER_LOG_FILE='log_file_name', MASTER_LOG_POS='master_log_position', MASTER_SSL=1, MASTER_SSL_CA = '/path/to/ca-cert.pem', MASTER_SSL_CERT = '/path/to/servera(b)-cert.pem', MASTER_SSL_KEY = '/path/to/servera(b)-key.pem';


start slave; show slave status\G;

You now have the ssl encrypted mysql replication.

Issues & Troubleshooting :

The main issue with SSL based replication / connection is the problems with certificates. You should carefully follow the steps to make sure that SSL replication  works. In case the replication does not work , here are few things to check :

  • Make sure SELINUX is disabled , or configure it to let mysql have ssl enabled.
  • Verify that MySQL has SSL Enabled  You  can verify that by :
    mysql –e “show variables like ‘%ssl%’”
  • Use packet capture utility like ngrep to verify that there is no SSL handshake problem. If you see bad Handshake in the capture, your SSL Certificates are not right.

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Thank you