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How to setup MariaDB SSL and secure connections from clients

MariaDB is a database server that offers drop-in replacement functionality for MySQL server. MariaDB is built by some of the original authors of MySQL, with assistance from the broader community of Free and open source software developers. In addition to the core functionality of MySQL, MariaDB offers a rich set of feature enhancements including alternate storage engines, server optimizations, and patches. In this tutorial, I am going to give the instructions on how to setup MariaDB server with SSL, and how to establish secure connections from the console and PHP scripts.