I need to secure MySQL database replication between two CentOS 5.7 servers. Server 1 has the live database, and replication is already working fine to Server 2 which is located elsewhere on the internet.
Obviously this isn't good as the replication traffic could easily be read, so it needs to be secured.
I created an SSH tunnel by entering this into the Server 2:
ssh -f root@server1ip -L 3305:server1ip:3306 -N
I confirmed I was able to successfully log into MySQL on Server 1 from Server 2 using:
mysql -h188.8.131.52 -uuser -ppassword -P 3305
Now, does this mean that the mysql replication is now all going over SSH automatically? Is there anyway I can confirm this? Or is Server 2 forced to connect to Server 1 over SSH because of this port forwarding rule I have established?
I noticed if I reboot Server 2, the SSH tunnel is gone when it restarts, but the replication continues (I assumed back in plain text). Is there something I can do make sure the replication stops when the tunnel drops? I want to make sure it won't automatically continue replicating in clear text without SSH.