A couple of years ago, MySQL Connector/Net shipped with a feature that allowed the connector to automatically create a SSH “tunnel” to a remote MySQL host. This could be useful in that it allows a remote MySQL host to only run with a secure port and a local client could connect to a local port to access it. We wrote about that feature in a blog post you can read here.
Today we are announcing that starting with the 8.0.24 release we are removing that feature. We decided to take this action for a few reasons. First, very few people were actually using the feature. Including a security sensitive feature that few people use is something we always want to examine. In addition, we were starting to encounter some friction between the encryption methods and ciphers that library supported and those that we wanted to support …[Read more]