When connecting to MySQL, I get an SSL error.

ERROR 2026 (HY000): SSL connection error: unknown error number

An SSL error occurs when your client does not support TLS/SSL.

This error is most common on MySQl/MariaDB version 5.7.x, which is the default version in the Ubuntu repository. In this case, ensure you’re using the correct client version (8.x) to connect to your MySQL node.

For more information on installing the correct client version for your MySQL database, see How To Install the Latest MySQL on Ubuntu 18.04.

Ensure your queries are not timing out and check your network connection.
Verify your login credentials and user permissions.
Verify that the hostname is correct and that you’ve created the database.