Enable TLS for MySQL Clients
It is recommended to use the encrypted connection to ensure data security because non-encrypted connection might lead to an information leak.
The TiDB server supports the encrypted connection based on the TLS (Transport Layer Security). The protocol is consistent with MySQL encrypted connections and is directly supported by existing MySQL clients such as MySQL operation tools and MySQL drivers. TLS is sometimes referred to as SSL (Secure Sockets Layer). Because the SSL protocol has known security vulnerabilities, TiDB does not support it. TiDB supports the following versions: TLS 1.0, TLS 1.1, and TLS 1.2, TLS 1.3.
After using an encrypted connection, the connection has the following security properties:
- Confidentiality: the traffic plaintext cannot be eavesdropped
- Integrity: the traffic plaintext cannot be tampered
- Authentication: (optional) the client and the server can verify the identity of both parties to avoid man-in-the-middle attacks
The encrypted connections in TiDB are disabled by default. To use encrypted connections in the client, you must first configure the TiDB server and enable encrypted connections. In short, to use encrypted connections, both of the following conditions must be met:
- Enable encrypted connections in the TiDB server.
- The client specifies to use an encrypted connection.
Similar to MySQL, the encrypted connections in TiDB consist of single connections. The encrypted connection is optional by default. For a TiDB server with encrypted connections enabled, you can choose to securely connect to the TiDB server through an encrypted connection, or to use a generally unencrypted connection. If the encrypted connections are enforced as required, both of the following two ways are available:
Configure the launch parameter
--require-secure-transportto enable encrypted connections to the TiDB server for all users.
require sslwhen you create a user (
create user), grant permissions (
grant) or modify an existing user (
alter user), which is to specify that specified users must use the encrypted connection to access TiDB. The following is an example of creating a user:
create user 'u1'@'%' require ssl;
Configure TiDB to use encrypted connections
See the following desrciptions about the related parameters to enable encrypted connections:
ssl-cert: specifies the file path of the SSL certificate
ssl-key: specifies the private key that matches the certificate
ssl-ca: (optional) specifies the file path of the trusted CA certificate
To enable encrypted connections in the TiDB server, you must specify both of the
ssl-key parameters in the configuration file when you start the TiDB server. You can also specify the
ssl-ca parameter for client authentication (see Enable authentication).
All the files specified by the parameters are in PEM (Privacy Enhanced Mail) format. Currently, TiDB does not support the import of a password-protected private key, so it is required to provide a private key file without a password. If the certificate or private key is invalid, the TiDB server starts as usual, but the client cannot connect to the TiDB server through an encrypted connection.
The certificate or key is signed and generated using OpenSSL, or quickly generated using the
mysql_ssl_rsa_setup tool in MySQL:
This command generates the following files in the
certs ├── ca-key.pem ├── ca.pem ├── client-cert.pem ├── client-key.pem ├── private_key.pem ├── public_key.pem ├── server-cert.pem └── server-key.pem
The corresponding TiDB configuration file parameters are:
[security] ssl-cert = "certs/server-cert.pem" ssl-key = "certs/server-key.pem"
If the certificate parameters are correct, TiDB outputs
secure connection is enabled when started; otherwise, it outputs
secure connection is NOT ENABLED.
Reload certificate, key, and CA
To replace the certificate, the key or CA, first replace the corresponding files, then execute the
ALTER INSTANCE RELOAD TLS statement on the running TiDB instance to reload the certificate (
ssl-cert), the key (
ssl-key), and the CA (
ssl-ca) from the original configuration path. In this way, you do not need to restart the TiDB instance.
The newly loaded certificate, key, and CA take effect on the connection that is established after the statement is successfully executed. The connection established before the statement execution is not affected.
Configure the MySQL client to use encrypted connections
The client of MySQL 5.7 or later versions attempts to establish an encrypted connection by default. If the server does not support encrypted connections, it automatically returns to unencrypted connections. The client of MySQL earlier than version 5.7 uses the unencrypted connection by default.
You can change the connection behavior of the client using the following
--ssl-mode=REQUIRED: The client requires an encrypted connection. The connection cannot be established if the server side does not support encrypted connections.
- In the absence of the
--ssl-modeparameter: The client attempts to use an encrypted connection, but the encrypted connection cannot be established if the server side does not support encrypted connections. Then the client uses an unencrypted connection.
--ssl-mode=DISABLED: The client uses an unencrypted connection.
For more information, see Client-Side Configuration for Encrypted Connections in MySQL.
ssl-ca parameter is not specified in the TiDB server or MySQL client, the client or the server does not perform authentication by default and cannot prevent man-in-the-middle attack. For example, the client might "securely" connect to a disguised client. You can configure the
ssl-ca parameter for authentication in the server and client. Generally, you only need to authenticate the server, but you can also authenticate the client to further enhance the security.
To authenticate the TiDB server from the MySQL client:
- Specify the
ssl-keyparameters in the TiDB server.
- Specify the
--ssl-caparameter in the MySQL client.
- Specify the
VERIFY_CAat least in the MySQL client.
- Make sure that the certificate (
ssl-cert) configured in the TiDB server is signed by the CA specified by the client
--ssl-caparameter; otherwise, the authentication fails.
- Specify the
To authenticate the MySQL client from the TiDB server:
- Specify the
ssl-caparameters in the TiDB server.
- Specify the
--ssl-keyparameters in the client.
- Make sure the server-configured certificate and the client-configured certificate are both signed by the
ssl-caspecified by the server.
- Specify the
- To perform mutual authentication, meet both of the above requirements.
By default, the server-to-client authentication is optional. Even if the client does not present its certificate of identification during the TLS handshake, the TLS connection can be still established. You can also require the client to be authenticated by specifying
require 509 when creating a user (
create user), granting permissions (
grant), or modifying an existing user (
alter user). The following is an example of creating a user:
create user 'u1'@'%' require x509;
Check whether the current connection uses encryption
SHOW STATUS LIKE "%Ssl%"; statement to get the details of the current connection, including whether encryption is used, the encryption protocol used by encrypted connections, the TLS version number and so on.
See the following example of the result in an encrypted connection. The results change according to different TLS versions or encryption protocols supported by the client.
mysql> SHOW STATUS LIKE "%Ssl%"; ...... | Ssl_verify_mode | 5 | | Ssl_version | TLSv1.2 | | Ssl_cipher | ECDHE-RSA-AES128-GCM-SHA256 | ......
For the official MySQL client, you can also use the
\s statement to view the connection status:
mysql> \s ... SSL: Cipher in use is ECDHE-RSA-AES128-GCM-SHA256 ...
Supported TLS versions, key exchange protocols, and encryption algorithms
The TLS versions, key exchange protocols and encryption algorithms supported by TiDB are determined by the official Golang libraries.
Supported TLS versions
- TLS 1.0
- TLS 1.1
- TLS 1.2
- TLS 1.3
Supported key exchange protocols and encryption algorithms