Elasticsearch plugin

Overview: The ReadonlyREST Suite

ReadonlyREST is a light weight Elasticsearch plugin that adds encryption, authentication, authorization and access control capabilities to Elasticsearch embedded REST API. The core of this plugin is an ACL engine that checks each incoming request through a sequence of rules a bit like a firewall. There are a dozen rules that can be grouped in sequences of blocks and form a powerful representation of a logic chain.

The Elasticsearch plugin known as ReadonlyREST Free is released under the GPLv3 license, or alternatively, a commercial license (see ReadonlyREST Embedded) and lays the technological foundations for the companion Kibana plugin which is released in two versions: ReadonlyREST PRO and ReadonlyREST Enterprise.

Unlike the Elasticsearch plugin, the Kibana plugins are commercial only. But rely on the Elasticsearch plugin in order to work.

For a description of the Kibana plugins, skip to the dedicated documentation page instead.

ReadonlyREST Free plugin for Elasticsearch

In this document we are going to describe how to operate the Elasticsearch plugin in all its features. Once installed, this plugin will greatly extend the Elasticsearch HTTP API (port 9200), adding numerous extra capabilities:

  • Encryption: transform the Elasticsearch API from HTTP to HTTPS

  • Authentication: require credentials

  • Authorization: declar groups of users, permissions and partial access to indices.

  • Access control: complex logic can be modeled using an ACL (access control list) written in YAML.

  • Audit logs: a trace of the access requests can be logged to file or index (or both).

Flow of a Search Request

The following diagram models an instance of Elasticsearch with the ReadonlyREST plugin installed, and configured with SSL encryption and an ACL with at least one "allow" type ACL block.

readonlyrest request processing diagram
  1. The User Agent (i.e. cURL, Kibana) sends a search request to Elasticsearch using the port 9200 and the HTTPS URL schema.

  2. The HTTPS filter in ReadonlyREST plugin unwraps the SSL layer and hands over the request to Elasticsearch HTTP stack

  3. The HTTP stack in Elasticsearch parses the HTTP request

  4. The HTTP handler in Elasticsearch extracts the indices, action, request type and creates a SearchRequest (internal Elasticsearch format).

  5. The SearchRequest goes through the ACL (access control list), external systems like LDAP can be asynchronously queried, and an exit result is eventually produced.

  6. The exit result is used by the audit log serializer, to write a record to index and/or Elasticsearch log file

  7. If no ACL block was matched, or if a type: forbid block was matched, ReadonlyREST does not forward the search request to the search engine, and creates an "unauthorized" HTTP response.

  8. In case the ACL matched an type: allow block, the request is forwarded to the search engine

  9. The Elasticsearch code creates a search response containing the results of the query

    10.The search response is converted to an HTTP response by the Elasticsearch code

  10. The HTTP response flows back to ReadonlyREST's HTTPS filter and to the User agent

Installing the plugin

To install ReadonlyREST plugin for Elasticsearch:

1. Obtain the build

From the official download page. Select your Elasticsearch version and send yourself a link to the compatible ReadonlyREST zip file.

2. Install the build

bin/elasticsearch-plugin install file:///tmp/readonlyrest-X.Y.Z_esW.Q.U.zip

Notice how we need to type in the format file:// + absolute path (yes, with three slashes).

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When prompted about additional permissions, answer y.

3.Create settings file

Create and edit the readonlyrest.yml settings file in the same directory where elasticsearch.yml is found:

vim $ES_PATH_CONF/conf/readonlyrest.yml

Now write some basic settings, just to get started. In this example we are going to tell ReadonlyREST to require HTTP Basic Authentication for all the HTTP requests, and return 401 Unauthorized otherwise.

readonlyrest:
access_control_rules:
- name: "Require HTTP Basic Auth"
type: allow
auth_key: user:password

4. Disable X-Pack security module

(applies to ES 6.4.0 or greater)

ReadonlyREST and X-Pack security module can't run together, so the latter needs to be disabled.

Edit elasticsearch.yml and append xpack.security.enabled: false.

vim $ES_PATH_CONF/conf/elasticsearch.yml

5. Start Elasticsearch

bin/elasticsearch

or:

service start elasticsearch

Depending on your environment.

Now you should be able to see the logs and ReadonlyREST related lines like the one below:

[2018-09-18T13:56:25,275][INFO ][o.e.p.PluginsService ] [c3RKGFJ] loaded plugin [readonlyrest]

6. Test everything is working

The following command should succeed, and the response should show a status code 200.

curl -vvv -u user:password "http://localhost:9200/_cat/indices"

The following command should not succeed, and the response should show a status code 401

curl -vvv "http://localhost:9200/_cat/indices"

Upgrading the plugin

To upgrade ReadonlyREST for Elasticsearch:

1. Stop Elasticsearch.

Either kill the process manually, or use:

service stop elasticsearch

depending on your environment.

2. Uninstall ReadonlyREST

bin/elasticsearch-plugin remove readonlyrest

3. Install the new version of ReadonlyREST into Elasticsearch.

bin/elasticsearch-plugin install file://<download_dir>/readonlyrest-<ROR_VERSION>_es<ES_VERSION>.zip

e.g.

bin/elasticsearch-plugin install file:///tmp/readonlyrest-1.16.15_es6.1.1.zip

4. Restart Elasticsearch.

bin/elasticsearch

or:

service start elasticsearch

Depending on your environment.

Now you should be able to see the logs and ReadonlyREST related lines like the one below:

[2018-09-18T13:56:25,275][INFO ][o.e.p.PluginsService ] [c3RKGFJ] loaded plugin [readonlyrest]

Removing the plugin

1. Stop Elasticsearch.

Either kill the process manually, or use:

service stop elasticsearch

depending on your environment.

2. Uninstall ReadonlyREST from Elasticsearch:

bin/elasticsearch-plugin remove readonlyrest

3. Start Elasticsearch.

bin/elasticsearch

or:

service start elasticsearch

Depending on your environment.

Now you should be able to see the logs and ReadonlyREST related lines like the one below:

[2018-09-18T13:56:25,275][INFO ][o.e.p.PluginsService ] [c3RKGFJ] loaded plugin [readonlyrest]

Deploying ReadonlyREST in a stable production cluster

Unless some advanced features are being used (see below),this Elasticsearch plugin operates like a lightweight, stateless filter glued in front of Elasticsearch HTTP API. Therefore it's sufficient to install the plugin only in the nodes that expose the HTTP interface (port 9200).

Installing ReadonlyREST in a dedicated node has numerous advantages:

  • No need to restart all nodes, only the one you have installed the plugin into.

  • No need to restart all nodes for updating the security settings

  • No need to restart all nodes when a security update is out

  • Less complexity on the actual cluster nodes.

For example, if we want to move to HTTPS all the traffic coming from Logstash into a 9 nodes Elasticsearch cluster which has been running stable in production for a while, it's not necessary to install ReadonlyREST plugin in all the nodes.

Creating a dedicated, lightweight ES node where to install ReadonlyREST:

  1. (Optional) disable the HTTP interface from all the existing nodes

  2. Create a new, lightweight, dedicated node without shards, nor master eligibility.

  3. Configure ReadonlyREST with SSL encryption in the new node

  4. Configure Logstash to connect to the new node directly in HTTPS.

An exception

⚠️IMPORTANT By default when fields rule is used, it's required to install ReadonlyREST plugin in all the data nodes.

ACL basics

The core of this plugin is an ACL (access control list). A logic structure very similar to the one found in firewalls. The ACL is part of the plugin configuration, and it's written in YAML.

  • The ACL is composed of an ordered sequence of named blocks

  • Each block contains some rules, and a policy (forbid or allow)

  • HTTP requests run through the blocks, starting from the first,

  • The first block that satisfies all the rules decides if to forbid or allow the request (according to its policy).

  • If none of the block match, the request is rejected

⚠️IMPORTANT: The ACL blocks are evaluated sequentially, therefore the ordering of the ACL blocks is crucial. The order of the rules inside an ACL block instead, is irrelevant.

readonlyrest:
access_control_rules:
- name: "Block 1 - only Logstash indices are accessible"
type: allow # <-- default policy type is "allow", so this line could be omitted
indices: ["logstash-*"] # <-- This is a rule
- name: "Block 2 - Blocking everything from a network"
type: forbid
hosts: ["10.0.0.0/24"] # <-- this is a rule

An Example of Access Control List (ACL) made of 2 blocks.

The YAML snippet above, like all of this plugin's settings should be saved inside the readonlyrest.yml file. Create this file on the same path where elasticsearch.yml is found.

TIP: If you are a subscriber of the PRO or Enterprise Kibana plugin, you can edit and refresh the settings through a GUI. For more on this, see the documentation for ReadonlyREST plugin for Kibana.

Encryption

An SSL encrypted connection is a prerequisite for secure exchange of credentials and data over the network. Letsencrypt certificates work just fine, once they are inside a JKS keystore. ReadonlyREST can be configured to encrypt network traffic on two independent levels:

External REST API

It wraps connection between client and exposed REST API in SSL context, hence making it encrypted and secure. ⚠️IMPORTANT: To enable SSL for REST API, open elasticsearch.yml and append this one line:

http.type: ssl_netty4

Now in readonlyrest.yml add the following settings:

readonlyrest:
ssl:
keystore_file: "keystore.jks"
keystore_pass: readonlyrest
key_pass: readonlyrest

The keystore should be stored in the same directory with elasticsearch.yml and readonlyrest.yml.

Internode communication - transport module

This option encrypts communication between nodes forming Elasticsearch cluster.

⚠️IMPORTANT: To enable SSL for internode communication open elasticsearch.yml and append this one line:

transport.type: ror_ssl_internode

In readonlyrest.yml following settings must be added (it's just example configuration presenting most important properties):

readonlyrest:
ssl_internode:
keystore_file: "keystore.jks"
keystore_pass: readonlyrest
key_pass: readonlyrest

Similar to ssl for HTTP, the keystore should be stored in the same directory with elasticsearch.yml and readonlyrest.yml. This config must be added to all nodes taking part in encrypted communication within cluster.

Certificate verification

By default certificate verification is disabled. It means that certificate is not validated in any way, so all certificates are accepted. It is useful on local/test environment, where security is not the most important concern. On production environment it is adviced to enable this option. It can be done by means of:

certificate_verification: true

under ssl_internode section. This option is applicable only for internode ssl.

Client authentication

By default the client authentication is disabled. When enabled, the server asks the client about its certificate, so ES is able to verify the client's identity. It can be enabled by means of:

client_authentication: true

under ssl section. This option is applicable only for REST API external ssl.

Both certificate_verification and client_authentication can be enabled with single property verification. Using this property is deprecated and allowed because of backward compatibility support. Specialized properties make configuration more readable and explicit.

Restrict SSL protocols and ciphers

Optionally, it's possible to specify a list allowed SSL protocols and SSL ciphers. Connections from clients that don't support the listed protocols or ciphers will be dropped.

readonlyrest:
ssl:
# put the keystore in the same dir with elasticsearch.yml
keystore_file: "keystore.jks"
keystore_pass: readonlyrest
key_pass: readonlyrest
allowed_protocols: [TLSv1.2]
allowed_ciphers: [TLS_ECDHE_ECDSA_WITH_AES_128_GCM_SHA256,TLS_ECDHE_RSA_WITH_AES_128_GCM_SHA256]

ReadonlyREST will log a list of available ciphers and protocols supported by the current JVM at startup.

[2018-01-03T10:09:38,683][INFO ][t.b.r.e.SSLTransportNetty4] ROR SSL: Available ciphers: TLS_ECDHE_ECDSA_WITH_AES_128_GCM_SHA256,TLS_ECDHE_RSA_WITH_AES_128_GCM_SHA256,TLS_ECDHE_RSA_WITH_AES_128_CBC_SHA,TLS_RSA_WITH_AES_128_GCM_SHA256,TLS_RSA_WITH_AES_128_CBC_SHA
[2018-01-03T10:09:38,684][INFO ][t.b.r.e.SSLTransportNetty4] ROR SSL: Restricting to ciphers: TLS_ECDHE_ECDSA_WITH_AES_128_GCM_SHA256,TLS_ECDHE_RSA_WITH_AES_128_GCM_SHA256
[2018-01-03T10:09:38,684][INFO ][t.b.r.e.SSLTransportNetty4] ROR SSL: Available SSL protocols: TLSv1,TLSv1.1,TLSv1.2
[2018-01-03T10:09:38,685][INFO ][t.b.r.e.SSLTransportNetty4] ROR SSL: Restricting to SSL protocols: TLSv1.2
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Custom truststore

ReadonlyREST allows using custom truststore, replacing (provided by JRE) default one. Custom truststore can be set with:

truststore_file: "truststore.jks"
truststore_pass: truststorepass

under ssl or ssl_internode section. This option is applicable for both ssl modes - external ssl and internode ssl. The truststore should be stored in the same directory with elasticsearch.yml and readonlyrest.yml (like keystore). When not specifed, ReadonlyREST uses default truststore.

Blocks of rules

Every block must have at least the name field, and optionally a type field valued either "allow" or "forbid". If you omit the type, your block will be treated as type: allow by default.

Keep in mind that ReadonlyREST ACL is a white list, so by default all request are blocked, unless you specify a block of rules that allowes all or some requests.

  • name will appear in logs, so keep it short and distinctive.

  • type can be either allow or forbid. Can be omitted, default is allow.

- name: "Block 1 - Allowing anything from localhost"
type: allow
# In real life now you should increase the specificity by adding rules here (otherwise this block will allow all requests!)

Example: the simplest example of an allow block.

⚠️IMPORTANT: if no blocks are configured, ReadonlyREST rejects all requests.

Rules

ReadonlyREST access control rules allow to take decisions on three levels:

  • Network level

  • HTTP level

  • Elasticsearch level

Please refrain from using HTTP level rules to protect certain indices or limit what people can do to an index. The level of control at this level is really coarse, especially because Elasticsearch REST API does not always respect RESTful principles. This makes of HTTP a bad abstraction level to write ACLs in Elasticsearch all together.

The only clean and exhaustive way to implement access control is to reason about requests AFTER ElasticSearch has parsed them. Only then, the list of affected indices and the action will be known for sure. See Elasticsearch level rules.

Transport level rules

These are the most basic rules. It is possible to allow/forbid requests originating from a list of IP addresses, host names or IP networks (in slash notation).

hosts

hosts: ["10.0.0.0/24"] Match a request whose origin IP address (also called origin address, or OA in logs) matches one of the specified IP addresses or subnets.

hosts_local

hosts_local: ["127.0.0.1", "127.0.0.2"] Match a request whose destination IP address (called DA in logs) matches one of the specified IP addresses or subnets. This finds application when Elasticsearch HTTP API is bound to multiple IP addresses.

HTTP Level rules

accept_x-forwarded-for_header

accept_x-forwarded-for_header: false

⚠️DEPRECATED (use x_forwarded_for instead) A modifier for hosts rule: if the origin IP won't match, fallback to check the X-Forwarded-For header

x_forwarded_for

x_forwarded_for: ["192.168.1.0/24"]

Behaves exactly like hosts, but gets the source IP address (a.k.a. origin address, OA in logs) inside the X-Forwarded-For header only (useful replacement to hostsrule when requests come through a load balancer like AWS ELB)

Load balancers

This is a nice tip if your Elasticsearch is behind a load balancer. If you want to match all the requests that come through the load balancer, use x_forwarded_for: ["0.0.0.0/0"]. This will match the requests with a valid IP address as a value of the X-Forwarded-For header.

DNS lookup caching

It's worth to note that resolutions of DNS are going to be cached by JVM. By default successfully resolved IPs will be cached forever (until Elasticsearch is restarted) for security reasons. However, this may not always be the desired behaviour, and it can be changed by adding the following JVM options either in the jvm.options file or declaring the ES_JAVA_OPTS environment variable: sun.net.inetaddr.ttl=TTL_VALUE (or/and sun.net.inetaddr.negative.ttl=TTL_VALUE). More details about the problem can be found here.

methods

methods: [GET, DELETE]

Match requests with HTTP methods specified in the list. N.B. Elasticsearch HTTP stack does not make any difference between HEAD and GET, so all the HEAD request will appear as GET.

headers

headers: ["h1:x*y","~h2:*xy"]

Match if all the HTTP headers in the request match the defined patterns in headers rule. This is useful in conjunction with proxy_auth, to carry authorization information (i.e. headers: x-usr-group: admins).

The ~ sign is a pattern negation, so eg. ~h2:*xy means: match if h2 header's value does not match the pattern *xy, or h2 is not present at all.

headers_and

headers_and: ["hdr1:val_*xyz","~hdr2:xyz_*"]

Alias for headers rule

headers_or

headers_or: ["x-myheader:val*","~header2:*xy"]

Match if at least one the specified HTTP headers key:value pairs is matched.

uri_re

uri_re: ["^/secret-index/.*", "^/some-index/.*"]

☠️HACKY (try to use indices/actions rule instead)

Match if at least one specifed regular expression matches requested URI.

maxBodyLength

maxBodyLength: 0

Match requests having a request body length less or equal to an integer. Use 0 to match only requests without body.

NB: Elasticsearch HTTP API breaks the specifications, nad GET requests might have a body length greater than zero.

api_keys

api_keys: [123456, abcdefg]

A list of api keys expected in the header X-Api-Key

Elasticsearch level rules

indices

indices: ["sales", "logstash-*"]

Matches if the request involves a set of indices whose name is "sales", or starts with the string "logstash-", or a combination of both.

If a request involves a wildcard (i.e. "logstash-*", "*"), this is first expanded to the list of available indices, and then treated normally as follows:

  • Requests that do not involve any indices (cluster admin, etc) result in a "match".

  • Requests that involve only allowed indices result in a "match".

  • Requests that involve a mix of allowed and prohibited indices, are rewritten to only involve allowed indices, and result in a "match".

  • Requests that involve only prohibited indices result in a "no match". And the ACL evaluation moves on to the next block.

The rejection message and HTTP status code returned to the requester are chosen carefully with the main intent to make ES behave like the prohibited indices do not exist at all.

The rule has also an extended version:

indices:
patterns: ["sales", "logstash-*"]`
must_involve_indices: false

The definition above has the same meaning as the shortest version shown at the beginning of this section. By default the rule will be matched when a request doesn't involve indices (eg. /_cat/nodes request). But we can change the behaviour by configuring must_involve_indices: true - in this case the request above will be rejected by the rule.

In detail, with examples

In ReadonlyREST we roughly classify requests as:

  • "read": the request will not change the data or the configuration of the cluster

  • "write": when allowed, the request changes the internal state of the cluster or the data.

If a read request asks for a some indices they have permissions for and some indices that they do NOT have permission for, the request is rewritten to involve only the subset of indices they have permission for. This is behaviour is very useful in Kibana: different users can see the same dashboards with data from only their own indices.

When the subset of indices is empty, it means that user are not allowed to access requested indices. In multitenancy environment we should consider two options:

  • requested indices don't exist

  • requested indices exist but logged user is not authorized to access them

For both of these cases ROR is going to return HTTP 404 or HTTP 200 with an empty response. The same behaviour will be observed for ES with ROR disabled (for nonexistent index). If an index does exist, but a user is not authorized to access it, ROR is going to pretend that the index doesn't exist and a response will be the same like the index actually did not exist.

It's also worth mentioning, that when prompt_for_basic_auth is set to true (that is, the default value), ROR is going to return 401 instead of 404 HTTP status code. It is relevant for users who don't use ROR Kibana's plugin and who would like to take advantage of default Kibana's behaviour which shows the native browser basic auth dialog, when it receives HTTP 401 response.

If a write request wants to write to indices they don't have permission for, the write request is rejected.

Examples:

Let's assume that our ES cluster has 2 indices: index_a and index_b. At the same time we have two users: userA and userB. We'd like to give userA access to index index_a, and userB to index_b. userA should not see or be even aware of index_b and vice versa. We'd like to give each of them a feeling that they are alone on the cluster.

ROR readonlyrest.yml configuration may look like this:

readonlyrest:
enable: true
access_control_rules:
- name: "user A indices"
indices: ["index_a"]
auth_key: userA:secret
- name: "user B indices"
indices: ["indexB"]
auth_key: userB:secret

We can test if userA is able to reach index_a:

$ curl -v -u userA:secret "http://127.0.0.1:9200/index_a?pretty"
HTTP/1.1 200 OK
content-type: application/json; charset=UTF-8
content-length: 611
{
"index_a" : {
"aliases" : { },
"mappings" : { ... }
"settings" : { ... }
}
}

It looks like he is. So far, so good. Let's try to access nonexistent index (we know, that index with name nonexistent for sure doesn't exist on our cluster):

$ curl -i -u userA:secret "http://127.0.0.1:9200/nonexistent?pretty" 18:15:28
HTTP/1.1 404 Not Found
content-type: application/json; charset=UTF-8
content-length: 634
{
"error" : {
"root_cause" : [ ... ],
"type" : "index_not_found_exception",
"reason" : "no such index [nonexistent_ROR_ZA1FXDsR7M]",
"resource.type" : "index_or_alias",
"resource.id" : "nonexistent_ROR_ZA1FXDsR7M",
"index_uuid" : "_na_",
"index" : "nonexistent_ROR_ZA1FXDsR7M"
},
"status" : 404
}

The response is pretty straight forward - the index doesn't exist. But, let's see what happens, when the same user, userA, will try to get index_b:

$ curl -v -u userA:secret "http://127.0.0.1:9200/index_b?pretty"
HTTP/1.1 404 Not Found
content-type: application/json; charset=UTF-8
content-length: 610
{
"error" : {
"root_cause" : [ ... ],
"type" : "index_not_found_exception",
"reason" : "no such index [index_b_ROR_QcskliAl8A]",
"resource.type" : "index_or_alias",
"resource.id" : "index_b_ROR_QcskliAl8A",
"index_uuid" : "_na_",
"index" : "index_b_ROR_QcskliAl8A"
},
"status" : 404
}

As we can see userA is not able to get index_b. But the response is HTTP 404 Not Found - it means that the index doesn't exist.

So, the response is the same as we get if the called index really doesn't exist. Thanks to the described behaviour, userA is not aware that on the cluster there are any other indices but the ones he was given access to.

note:

Careful reader may notice that, in example above, userA was getting index_b, but the response says that there is no index_b_ROR_QcskliAl8Aindex_b_ROR_QcskliAl8A index. It's the trick ROR does to fool ES and be sure that asking index, which the user should not be allowed to see, won't be reached by him.

But we should also consider the other case - using an index name with wildcard. So, userA will try to get all indices which names match index* pattern:

$ curl -i -u userA:secret "http://127.0.0.1:9200/index*?pretty" 19:58:29
HTTP/1.1 200 OK
content-type: application/json; charset=UTF-8
content-length: 611
{
"index_a" : {
"aliases" : { },
"mappings" : { ... },
"settings" : { ... }
}
}

Response is exactly like we'd expect - only index_a was returned. But what if nothing matches our index name pattern?

$ curl -i -u userA:secret "http://127.0.0.1:9200/index_userA*?pretty" 20:05:10
HTTP/1.1 200 OK
content-type: application/json; charset=UTF-8
content-length: 4
{ }

Response is empty list. Now, let's see what happens when an index name pattern matches an index which is not authorized for a user who asks about it.

$ curl -i -u userA:secret "http://127.0.0.1:9200/index_b*?pretty" 20:14:34
HTTP/1.1 200 OK
content-type: application/json; charset=UTF-8
content-length: 4
{ }

As we see, response is the same as we have experienced when there was really no index matching the pattern. Also here a user has a feeling that only his indices are present on a cluster.

actions

actions: ["indices:data/read/*"]

Match if the request action starts with "indices:data/read/".

In Elasticsearch, each request carries only one action. We extracted from Elasticsearch source code the full list of valid action strings as of all Elasticsearch versions. Please see the dedicated section to find the actions list of your specific Elasticsearch version.

Example actions (see above for the full list):

"cluster:admin/data_frame/delete"
"cluster:admin/data_frame/preview"
...
"cluster:monitor/data_frame/stats/get"
"cluster:monitor/health"
"cluster:monitor/main"
"cluster:monitor/nodes/hot_threads"
"cluster:monitor/nodes/info"
...
"indices:admin/aliases"
"indices:admin/aliases/get"
"indices:admin/analyze"
...
"indices:data/read/get"
"indices:data/read/mget"
"indices:data/read/msearch"
"indices:data/read/msearch/template"
...
"indices:data/write/bulk"
"indices:data/write/bulk_shard_operations[s]"
"indices:data/write/delete"
"indices:data/write/delete/byquery"
"indices:data/write/index"
"indices:data/write/reindex"
...
many more...

kibana_access

kibana_access: ro

Enables the minimum set of actions necessary for browsers to use Kibana.

This "macro" rule allows the minimum set of actions necessary for a browser to use Kibana. This rule allows a set of actions towards the designated kibana index (see kibana_index rule - defaults to ".kibana"), plus a stricter subset of read-only actions towards other indices, which are considered "data indices".

The idea is that with one single rule we allow the bare minimum set of index+action combinations necessary to support a Kibana browsing session.

Possible access levels:

  • ro_strict: the browser has a read-only view on Kibana dashboards and settings and all other indices.

  • ro: some write requests can go through to the .kibana index so that UI state in discover can be saved and short urls can be created.

  • rw: some more actions will be allowed towards the .kibana index only, so Kibana dashboards and settings can be modified.

  • admin: like above, but has additional permissions to use the ReadonlyREST PRO/Enterprise Kibana app.

NB: The "admin" access level does not mean the user will be allowed to access all indices/actions. It's just like "rw" with settings changes privileges. If you want really unrestricted access for your Kibana user, including ReadonlyREST PRO/Enterprise app, set kibana_access: unrestricted. You can use this rule with the users rule to restrict access to selected admins.

This rule is often used with the indices rule, to limit the data a user is able to see represented on the dashboards. In that case do not forget to allow the custom kibana index in the indices rule!

kibana_index

kibana_index: .kibana-user1

Default value is .kibana

Specify to what index we expect Kibana to attempt to read/write its settings (use this together with kibana.index setting in kibana.yml.)

This value directly affects how kibana_access works because at all the access levels (yes, even admin), kibana_access rule will not maatch any write request in indices that are not the designated kibana index.

If used in conjunction with ReadonlyREST Enterprise, this rule enables multi tenancy, because in ReadonlyREST, a tenancy is identified with a set of Kibana configurations, which are by design collected inside a kibana index (default: .kibana).

snapshots

snapshots: ["snap_@{user}_*"]

Restrict what snapshots names can be saved or restored

repositories

repositories: ["repo_@{user}_*"]

Restrict what repositories can snapshots be saved into

filter

filter: '{"query_string":{"query":"user:@{user}"}}'

This rule enables Document Level Security (DLS). That is: return only the documents that satisfy the boolean query provided as an argument.

This rule lets you filter the results of a read request using a boolean query. You can use dynamic variables i.e. @{user} (see dedicated paragraph) to inject a user name or some header values in the query, or even environmental variables.

Example: per-user index segmentation

In the index "test-dls", each user can only search documents whose field "user" matches their user name. I.e. A user with username "paul" requesting all documents in "test-dls" index, won't see returned a document containing a field "user": "jeff" .

- name: "::PER-USER INDEX SEGMENTATION::"
proxy_auth: "*"
indices: ["test-dls"]
filter: '{"bool": { "must": { "match": { "user": "@{user}" }}}}'

Example 2: Prevent search of "classified" documents.

In this example, we want to avoid that users belonging to group "press" can see any document that has a field "access_level" with the value "CLASSIFIED". And this policy is applied to all indices (no indices rule is specified).

- name: "::Press::"
groups: ["press"]
filter: '{"bool": { "must_not": { "match": { "access_level": "CLASSIFIED" }}}}'

⚠️IMPORTANT The filterand fields rules will only affect "read" requests, therefore "write" requests will not match because otherwise it would implicitly allow clients to "write" without the filtering restriction. For reference, this behaviour is identical to x-pack and search guard.

If you want to allow write requests (i.e. for Kibana sessions), just duplicate the ACL block, have the first one with filter and/or fields rule, and the second one without.

fields

This rule enables Field Level Security (FLS). That is:

  • for responses where fields with values are returned (e.g. Search/Get API) - filter and show only allowed fields

  • make not allowed fields unsearchable - used in QueryDSL requests (e.g. Search/MSearch API) do not have impact on search result.

In other words: FLS protects from usage some not allowed fields for a certain user. From user's perspective it seems like such fields are nonexistent.

Definition

Field rule definition consists of two parts:

  • A non empty list of fields (blacklisted or whitelisted) names. Supports wildcards and user runtime variables.

  • The FLS engine definition (global setting, optional). See: engine details.

⚠️IMPORTANT With default FLS engine it's required to install ReadonlyREST plugin in all the data nodes. Different configurations allowing to avoid such requirement are described in engine details.

Field names

Fields can be defined using two access modes: blacklist and whitelist.

Blacklist mode (recommended)

Specifies which fields should not be allowed prefixed with ~ (other fields from mapping become allowed implicitly). Example:

fields: ["~excluded_fields_prefix_*", "~excluded_field", "~another_excluded_field.nested_field"]

Return documents but deprived of the fields that:

  • start with excluded_fields_prefix_

  • are equal to excluded_field

  • are equal to another_excluded_field.nested_field

Whitelist mode

Specifies which fields should be allowed explicitly (other fields from mapping become not allowed implicitly). Example:

fields: ["allowed_fields_prefix_*", "_*", "allowed_field.nested_field.text"]

Return documents deprived of all the fields, except the ones that:

  • start with allowed_fields_prefix_

  • start with underscore

  • are equal to allowed_field.nested_field.text

NB: You can only provide a full black list or white list. Grey lists (i.e. ["~a", "b"]) are invalid settings and ROR will refuse to boot up if this condition is detected.

Example: hide prices from catalogue indices

- name: "External users - hide prices"
fields: ["~price"]
indices: ["catalogue_*"]

⚠️IMPORTANT Any metadata fields e.g. _id or _index can not be used in fields rule.

⚠️IMPORTANT The filterand fields rules will only affect "read" requests, therefore "write" requests will not match because otherwise it would implicitly allow clients to "write" without the filtering restriction. For reference, this behaviour is identical to x-pack and search guard.

If you want to allow write requests (i.e. for Kibana sessions), just duplicate the ACL block, have the first one with filter and/or fields rule, and the second one without.

Configuring an ACL with filter/fields rules when using Kibana

A normal Kibana session interacts with Elasticsearch using a mix of actions which we can roughly group in two macro categories of "read" and "write" actions. However the fields and `filter´ rules will only match read requests. This means that a complete Kibana session cannot anymore be entirely matched by a single ACL block like it normally would.

For example, this ACL block would perfectly support a complete Kibana session. That is, 100% of the actions (browser HTTP requests) would be allowed by this ACL block.

- name: "::RW_USER::"
auth_key: rw_user:pwd
kibana_access: rw
indices: ["r*", ".kibana"]

However, when we introduce a filter (or fields) rule, this block will be able to match only some of the actions (only the "read" ones).

- name: "::RW_USER::"
auth_key: rw_user:pwd
kibana_access: rw
indices: ["r*", ".kibana"]
filter: '{"query_string":{"query":"DestCountry:FR"}}' # <-- will reject all write requests! :(

The solution is to duplicate the block. The first one will intercept (and filter!) the read requests. The second one will intercept the remaining actions. Both ACL blocks together will entirely support a whole Kibana session.

- name: "::RW_USER (filter read requests)::"
auth_key: rw_user:pwd
kibana_access: rw
indices: ["r*"] # <-- DO NOT FILTER THE .kibana INDEX!
filter: '{"query_string":{"query":"DestCountry:FR"}}'
- name: "::RW_USER (allow remaining requests)::"
auth_key: rw_user:pwd
kibana_access: rw
indices: ["r*", ".kibana"]

NB: Look at how we make sure that the requests to ".kibana" won't get filtered by specifying an indices rule in the first block.

Here is another example, a bit more complex. Look at how we can duplicate the "PERSONAL_GRP" ACL block so that the read requests to the "r*" indices can be filtered, and all the other requests can be intercepted by the second rule (which is identical to the one we had before the duplication).

Before adding the filter rule:

- name: "::PERSONAL_GRP::"
groups: ["Personal"]
kibana_access: rw
indices: ["r*", ".kibana_@{user}"]
kibana_hide_apps: ["readonlyrest_kbn", "timelion"]
kibana_index: ".kibana_@{user}"

After adding the filter rule (using the block duplication strategy).

- name: "::PERSONAL_GRP (FILTERED SEARCH)::"
groups: ["Personal"]
kibana_access: rw
kibana_hide_apps: ["readonlyrest_kbn", "timelion"]
indices: [ "r*" ]
filter: '{"query_string":{"query":"DestCountry:FR"}}'
kibana_index: ".kibana_@{user}"
- name: "::PERSONAL_GRP::"
groups: ["Personal"]
kibana_access: rw
indices: ["r*", ".kibana_@{user}"]
kibana_hide_apps: ["readonlyrest_kbn", "timelion"]
kibana_index: ".kibana_@{user}"

Authentication

Local ReadonlyREST users are authenticated via HTTP Basic Auth. This authentication method is secure only if SSL is enabled.

auth_key

auth_key: sales:p455wd

Accepts HTTP Basic Auth. Configure this value in clear text. Clients will need to provide the header e.g. Authorization: Basic c2FsZXM6cDQ1NXdk where "c2FsZXM6cDQ1NXdk" is Base64 for "sales:p455wd".

⚠️IMPORTANT: this rule is handy just for tests, replace it with another rule that hashes credentials, like: auth_key_sha512, or auth_key_unix.

auth_key_sha512

auth_key_sha512: 280ac6f...94bf9

Accepts HTTP Basic Auth. The value is a string like username:password hashed in SHA512. Clients will need to provide the usual Authorization header.

There are also available other rules with less secure SHA algorithms auth_key_sha256 and auth_key_sha1.

The rules support also alternative syntax, where only password is hashed, eg:

auth_key_sha512: "admin:280ac6f...94bf9"

In the example below admin is the username and 280ac6f...94bf9 is the hashed secret.

auth_key_pbkdf2

auth_key_pbkdf2: "KhIxF5EEYkH5GPX51zTRIR4cHqhpRVALSmTaWE18mZEL2KqCkRMeMU4GR848mGq4SDtNvsybtJ/sZBuX6oFaSg==" # logstash:logstash

auth_key_pbkdf2: "logstash:JltDNAoXNtc7MIBs2FYlW0o1f815ucj+bel3drdAk2yOufg2PNfQ51qr0EQ6RSkojw/DzrDLFDeXONumzwKjOA==" # logstash:logstash

Accepts HTTP Basic Auth. The value is hashed in the same way as it's done in auth_key_sha512 rule, but it uses PBKDF2 key derivation function. At the moment there is no way to configure it, so during the hash generation, the user has to take into consideration the following PBKDF2 input parameters values:

Input parameter

Value

Comment

Pseudorandom function

HmacSHA512

Salt

use hashed value as a salt

eg. hashed value = logstash:logstash, use logstash:logstash as the salt

Iterations count

10000

Derived key length

512

bits

The hash can be calculated using this calculator (notice that the salt has to base Base64 encoded).

auth_key_unix

auth_key_unix: test:$6$rounds=65535$d07dnv4N$QeErsDT9Mz.ZoEPXW3dwQGL7tzwRz.eOrTBepIwfGEwdUAYSy/NirGoOaNyPx8lqiR6DYRSsDzVvVbhP4Y9wf0 # Hashed for "test:test"

⚠️IMPORTANT this hashing algorithm is very CPU intensive, so we implemented a caching mechanism around it. However, this will not protect Elasticsearch from a DoS attack with a high number of requests with random credentials.

This method is based on /etc/shadow file syntax.

If you configured sha512 encryption with 65535 rounds on your system the hash in /etc/shadow for the account test:test will be test:$6$rounds=65535$d07dnv4N$QeErsDT9Mz.ZoEPXW3dwQGL7tzwRz.eOrTBepIwfGEwdUAYSy/NirGoOaNyPx8lqiR6DYRSsDzVvVbhP4Y9wf0

readonlyrest:
access_control_rules:
- name: Accept requests from users in group team1 on index1
groups: ["team1"]
indices: ["index1"]
users:
- username: test
auth_key_unix: test:$6$rounds=65535$d07dnv4N$QeErsDT9Mz.ZoEPXW3dwQGL7tzwRz.eOrTBepIwfGEwdUAYSy/NirGoOaNyPx8lqiR6DYRSsDzVvVbhP4Y9wf0 #test:test
groups: ["team1"]

You can generate the hash with mkpasswd Linux command, you need whois package apt-get install whois (or equivalent)

mkpasswd -m sha-512 -R 65534

Also you can generate the hash with a python script (works on Linux):

#!/usr/bin/python
import crypt
import random
import sys
import string
def sha512_crypt(password, salt=None, rounds=None):
if salt is None:
rand = random.SystemRandom()
salt = ''.join([rand.choice(string.ascii_letters + string.digits)
for _ in range(8)])
prefix = '$6$'
if rounds is not None:
rounds = max(1000, min(999999999, rounds or 5000))
prefix += 'rounds={0}$'.format(rounds)
return crypt.crypt(password, prefix + salt)
if __name__ == '__main__':
if len(sys.argv) > 1:
print sha512_crypt(sys.argv[1], rounds=65635)
else:
print "Argument is missing, <password>"

Finally you have to put your username at the begining of the hash with ":" separator test:$6$rounds=65535$d07dnv4N$QeErsDT9Mz.ZoEPXW3dwQGL7tzwRz.eOrTBepIwfGEwdUAYSy/NirGoOaNyPx8lqiR6DYRSsDzVvVbhP4Y9wf0

For example, test is the username and $6$rounds=65535$d07dnv4N$QeErsDT9Mz.ZoEPXW3dwQGL7tzwRz.eOrTBepIwfGEwdUAYSy/NirGoOaNyPx8lqiR6DYRSsDzVvVbhP4Y9wf0 is the hash for test (the password is identical to the username in this example).

proxy_auth: "*"

proxy_auth: "*"

Delegated authentication. Trust that a reverse proxy has taken care of authenticating the request and has written the resolved user name into the X-Forwarded-User header. The value "*" in the example, will let this rule match any username value contained in the X-Forwarded-User header.

If you are using this technique for authentication using our Kibana plugins, don't forget to add this snippet to conf/kibana.yml:

readonlyrest_kbn.proxy_auth_passthrough: true

So that Kibana will forward the necessary headers to Elasticsearch.

users

users: ["root", "*@mydomain.com"]

Limit access to of specific users whose username is contained or matches the patterns in the array. This rule is independent from the authentication mathod chosen, so it will work well in conjunction LDAP, JWT, proxy_auth, and all others.

For example:

readonlyrest:
access_control_rules:
- name: "JWT auth for viewer role, limited to certain usernames"
kibana_access: ro
users: ["root", "*@mydomain.com"]
jwt_auth:
name: "jwt_provider_1"
roles: ["viewer"]

groups

groups: ["group1", "group2"]

Limit access to members of specific user groups. See User management.

session_max_idle

session_max_idle: 1h

⚠️DEPRECATED Browser session timeout (via cookie). Example values 1w (one week), 10s (10 seconds), 7d (7 days), etc. NB: not available for Elasticsearch 2.x.

ldap_auth

See below, the dedicated LDAP section

jwt_auth

See below, the dedicated JSON Web Tokens section

external-basic-auth

Used to delegate authentication to another server that supports HTTP Basic Auth. See below, the dedicated External BASIC Auth section

groups_provider_authorization

Used to delegate groups resolution for a user to a JSON microservice. See below, the dedicated Groups Provider Authorization section

ror_kbn_auth

For Enterprise customers only, required for SAML authentication.

readonlyrest:
access_control_rules:
- name: "ReadonlyREST Enterprise instance #1"
ror_kbn_auth:
name: "kbn1"
roles: ["SAML_GRP_1"]
- name: "ReadonlyREST Enterprise instance #2"
ror_kbn_auth:
name: "kbn2"
ror_kbn:
- name: kbn1
signature_key: "shared_secret_kibana1" # <- use environmental variables for better security!
- name: kbn2
signature_key: "shared_secret_kibana2" # <- use environmental variables for better security!

This authentication and authorization connector represents the secure channel (based on JWT tokens) of signed messages necessary for our Enterprise Kibana plugin to securely pass back to ES the username and groups information coming from browser-driven authentication protocols like SAML

Continue reading about this in the kibana plugin documentation, in the dedicated SAML section

Ancillary rules

verbosity

verbosity: error

Don't spam elasticsearch log file printing log lines for requests that match this block. Defaults to info.

Audit & Troubleshooting

The main issues seen in support cases:

  • Bad ordering or ACL blocks. Remember that the ACL is evaluated sequentially, block by block. And the first block whose rules all match is accepted.

  • Users don't know how to read the HIS field in the logs, which instead is crucial because it contains a trace of the evaluation of rules and blocks.

  • LDAP configuration: LDAP is tricky to configure in any system. Configure ES root logger to DEBUG editing $ES_PATH_CONF/config/log4j2.properties to see a trace of the LDAP messages.

Interpreting logs

ReadonlyREST prints a log line for each incoming request (this can be selectively avoided on ACL block level using the verbosity rule).

Allowed requests

This is an example of a request that matched an ACL block (allowed) and has been let through to Elasticsearch.

ALLOWED by { name: '::PERSONAL_GRP::', policy: ALLOW} req={ ID:1667655475--1038482600#1312339, TYP:SearchRequest, CGR:N/A, USR:simone, BRS:true, ACT:indices:data/read/search, OA:127.0.0.1, IDX:, MET:GET, PTH:/_search, CNT:<N/A>, HDR:Accept,Authorization,content-length,Content-Type,Host,User-Agent,X-Forwarded-For, HIS:[::PERSONAL_GRP::->[kibana_access->true, kibana_hide_apps->true, auth_key->true, kibana_index->true]], [::Kafka::->[auth_key->false]], [::KIBANA-SRV::->[auth_key->false]], [guest lol->[auth_key->false]], [::LOGSTASH::->[auth_key->false]] }

Explanation

The log line immediately states that this request has been allowed by an ACL block called "::PERSONAL_GRP::". Immediately follows a summary of the requests' anatomy. The format is semi-structured, and it's intended for humans to read quickly, it's not JSON, or anything else.

Similar information gets logged in JSON format into Elasticsearch documents enabling the audit logs feature described later.

Here is a glossary:

  • ID: ReadonlyREST-level request id

  • TYP: String, the name of the Java class that internally represent the request type (very useful for debug)

  • CGR: String, the request carries a "current group" header (used for multi-tenancy).

  • USR: String, the user name ReadonlyREST was able to extract from Basic Auth, JWT, LDAP, or other methods as specified in the ACL.

  • BRS: Boolean, an heuristic attempt to tell if the request comes from a browser.

  • ACT: String, the elasticsearch level action associated with the request. For a list of actions, see our actions rule docs.

  • OA: IP Address, originating address (source address) of the TCP connection underlying the http session.

  • IDX: Strings array: the list of indices affected by this request.

  • MET: String, HTTP Method

  • CNT: String, HTTP body content. Comes as a summary of its lenght, full body of the request is available in debug mode.

  • HDR: String array, list of HTTP headers, headers' content is available in debug mode.

  • HIS: Chronologically ordered history of the ACL blocks and their rules being evaluated, This is super useful for knowing what ACL block/rule is forbidding/allowing this request.

In the example, the block ::PERSONAL_GRP:: is allowing the request because all the rules in this block evaluate to true.

Forbidden requests

This is an example of a request that gets forbidden by ReadonlyREST ACL.

FORBIDDEN by default req={ ID:747832602--1038482600#1312150, TYP:SearchRequest, CGR:N/A, USR:[no basic auth header], BRS:true, ACT:indices:data/read/search, OA:127.0.0.1, IDX:, MET:GET, PTH:/_search, CNT:<N/A>, HDR:Accept,content-length,Content-Type,Host,User-Agent,X-Forwarded-For, HIS:[::Infosec::->[groups->false]], [::KIBANA-SRV::->[auth_key->false]], [guest lol->[auth_key->false]], [::LOGSTASH::->[auth_key->false]], [::Infosec::->[groups->false]], [::ADMIN_GRP::->[groups->false]], [::Kafka::->[auth_key->false]], [::PERSONAL_GRP::->[groups->false]] }

The above rule gets forbidden "by default". This means that no ACL block has matched the request, so ReadonlyREST's default policy of rejection takes effect.

Requests finished with INDEX NOT FOUND

This is an example of such request:

INDEX NOT FOUND req={ ID:501806845-1996085406#74, TYP:GetIndexRequest, CGR:N/A, USR:dev1 (attempted), BRS:true, KDX:null, ACT:indices:admin/get, OA:172.20.0.1/32, XFF:null, DA:172.20.0.2/32, IDX:nonexistent*, MET:GET, PTH:/nonexistent*/_alias/, CNT:<N/A>, HDR:Accept-Encoding=gzip,deflate, Authorization=<OMITTED>, Connection=Keep-Alive, Host=localhost:32773, User-Agent=Apache-HttpClient/4.5.2 (Java/1.8.0_162), content-length=0, HIS:[CONTAINER ADMIN-> RULES:[auth_key->false]], [dev1 indexes-> RULES:[auth_key->true, indices->false], RESOLVED:[user=dev1]], [dev2 aliases-> RULES:[auth_key->false]], [dev3 - no indices rule-> RULES:[auth_key->false]] }

The state above is only possible for read-only ES requests (ES requests which don't change ES cluster state) for a block containing an indices rule. If all other rules within the block are matched, but only the indices rule is mismatched, the final state of the block is forbidden due to an index not found.

Audit logs

ReadonlyREST can write events very similarly to Logstash into to a series of indices named by default readonlyrest_audit-YYYY-MM-DD. Every event contains information about a request and how the system has handled it. Here is an example of the data points contained in each audit event. We can leverage all this information to build interesting Kibana dashboards, or any other visualization.

{
"error_message": null,
"headers": [
"Accept",
"Authorization",
"content-length",
"Host",
"User-Agent"
],
"acl_history": "[[::LOGSTASH::->[auth_key->false]], [::RW::->[kibana_access->true, indices->true, kibana_hide_apps->true, auth_key->true]], [kibana->[auth_key->false]], [::RO::->[auth_key->false]]]",
"origin": "127.0.0.1",
"final_state": "ALLOWED",
"task_id": 1158,
"type": "SearchRequest",
"req_method": "GET",
"path": "/readonlyrest_audit-2017-06-29/_search?pretty",
"indices": [
"readonlyrest_audit-2017-06-29"
],
"@timestamp": "2017-06-30T09:41:58Z",
"content_len_kb": 0,
"error_type": null,
"processingMillis": 0,
"action": "indices:data/read/search",
"matched_block": "::RW::",
"id": "933409190-292622897#1158",
"content_len": 0,
"user": "simone"
}

Here is a configuration example, you can see the audit_collector: true setting, which nomally defaults to false. Note how the successful requests matched by the first rule (Kibana) will not be written to the audit log, because the verbosity is set to error. Audit log in facts, obey the verbosity setting the same way regular text logs do.

readonlyrest:
audit_collector: true
access_control_rules:
- name: Kibana
type: allow
auth_key: kibana:kibana
verbosity: error
- name: "::RO::"
auth_key: simone:ro
kibana_access: ro

Extended audit

If you want to log the request content then an additional serializer is provided. This will log the entire user request within the content field of the audit event. To enable, configure the audit_serializer parameter as below.

readonlyrest:
audit_collector: true
audit_serializer: tech.beshu.ror.requestcontext.QueryAuditLogSerializer
...

Custom audit indices name and time granularity

It is possible to change the name of the produced audit log indices by specifying a template value as audit_index_template.

Example: tell ROR to write on monthly index.

readonlyrest:
audit_collector: true
audit_index_template: "'custom-prefix'-yyyy-MM" # <--monthly pattern
...

⚠️IMPORTANT: notice the single quotes inside the double quoted expression. This is the same syntax used for Java's SimpleDateFormat.

Custom audit log serializer

You can write your own custom audit log serializer class, add it to the ROR plugin class path and configure it through the YAML settings.

We provided 2 project examples with custom serializers (in Scala and Java). You can use them as an example to write yours in one of those languages.

Create custom audit log serializer in Scala

  1. Checkout https://github.com/sscarduzio/elasticsearch-readonlyrest-plugin

    git clone git@github.com:sscarduzio/elasticsearch-readonlyrest-plugin.git

  2. Install SBT

    https://www.scala-sbt.org/download.html

  3. Find and go to: elasticsearch-readonlyrest-plugin/custom-audit-examples/ror-custom-scala-serializer/

  4. Create own serializer:

    • from scratch (example can be found in class ScalaCustomAuditLogSerializer)

    • extending default one (example can be found in class ScalaCustomAuditLogSerializer)

  5. Build serializer JAR:

    sbt assembly

  6. Jar can be find in:

    elasticsearch-readonlyrest-plugin/custom-audit-examples/ror-custom-scala-serializer/target/scala-2.13/ror-custom-scala-serializer-1.0.0.jar

Create custom audit log serializer in Java

  1. Checkout https://github.com/sscarduzio/elasticsearch-readonlyrest-plugin

    git clone git@github.com:sscarduzio/elasticsearch-readonlyrest-plugin.git

  2. Install Maven

    https://maven.apache.org/install.html

  3. Find and go to: elasticsearch-readonlyrest-plugin/custom-audit-examples/ror-custom-java-serializer/

  4. Create own serializer:

    • from scratch (example can be found in class JavaCustomAuditLogSerializer)

    • extending default one (example can be found in class JavaCustomAuditLogSerializer)

  5. Build serializer JAR:

    mvn package

  6. Jar can be find in:

    elasticsearch-readonlyrest-plugin/custom-audit-examples/ror-custom-java-serializer/target/ror-custom-java-serializer-1.0.0.jar

Configuration

  1. mv ror-custom-java-serializer-1.0.0.jar plugins/readonlyrest/

  2. Your config/readonlyrest.yml should start like this

    readonlyrest:
    audit_collector: true
    audit_serializer: "JavaCustomAuditLogSerializer" # when your serializer class is not in default package, you should use full class name here (eg. "tech.beshu.ror.audit.instances.QueryAuditLogSerializer")
  3. Start elasticsearch (with ROR installed) and grep for:

    [2017-11-09T09:42:51,260][INFO ][t.b.r.r.SerializationTool] Using custom serializer: JavaCustomAuditLogSerializer

Troubleshooting

Follow these approaches until you find the solution to your problem

Scenario: you can't understand why your requests are being forbidden by ReadonlyREST (or viceversa)

Step 1: see what block/rule is matching Take the Elasticsearch log file, and grep the logs for ACT:. This will show you the whole request context (including the action and indices fields) of the blocked requests. You can now tweak your ACL blocks to include that action.

Step 2: enable debug logs

Logs are good for auditing the activity on the REST API. You can configure them by editing $ES_PATH_CONF/config/logging.yml (Elasticsearch 2.x) or $ES_PATH_CONF/config/log4j2.properties file (Elasticsearch 5.x)

For example, you can enable the debug log globally by setting the rootLoggerto debug.

rootLogger.level = debug

This is really useful especially to debug the activity of LDAP and other external connectors.

Trick: log requests to different files

Here is a log4j2.properties snippet for ES 5.x that logs all the received requests as a new line in a separate file:

#Plugin readonly rest separate access logging file definition
appender.access_log_rolling.type = RollingFile
appender.access_log_rolling.name = access_log_rolling
appender.access_log_rolling.fileName = ${sys:es.logs}_access.log
appender.access_log_rolling.layout.pattern = [%d{ISO8601}][%-5p][%-25c] %marker%.-10000m%n
appender.access_log_rolling.layout.type = PatternLayout
appender.access_log_rolling.filePattern = ${sys:es.logs}_access-%d{yyyy-MM-dd}.log
appender.access_log_rolling.policies.type = Policies
appender.access_log_rolling.policies.time.type = TimeBasedTriggeringPolicy
appender.access_log_rolling.policies.time.interval = 1
appender.access_log_rolling.policies.time.modulate = true
logger.access_log_rolling.name = tech.beshu.ror
logger.access_log_rolling.level = info
logger.access_log_rolling.appenderRef.access_log_rolling.ref = access_log_rolling
logger.access_log_rolling.additivity = false
# exclude kibana, beat and logstash users as they generate too much noise
logger.access_log_rolling.filter.regex.type = RegexFilter
logger.access_log_rolling.filter.regex.regex = .*USR:(kibana|beat|logstash),.*
logger.access_log_rolling.filter.regex.onMatch = DENY
logger.access_log_rolling.filter.regex.onMismatch = ACCEPT

Users and Groups

Sometimes we want to make allow/forbid decisions according to the username associated to a HTTP request. The extraction of the user identity (username) can be done via HTTP Basic Auth (Authorization header) or delegated to a reverse proxy (see proxy_auth rule).

The validation of the said credentials can be carried on locally with hard coded credential hashes (see auth_key_sha256 rule), via one or more LDAP server, or we can forward the Authorization header to an external web server and examine the HTTP status code (see external_authentication).

Optionally we can introduce the notion of groups (see them as bags of users). The aim of having groups is to write a very specific block once, and being able to allow multiple usernames that satisfy the block.

Groups can be declared and associated to users statically in the readonlyrest.yml file. Alternatively, groups for a given username can be retrieved from an LDAP server or from a LDAP server, or a custom JSON/XML service.

You can mix and match the techniques to satisfy your requirements. For example, you can configure ReadonlyREST to:

  • Extract the username from X-Forwarded-User

  • Resolve groups associated to said user through a JSON microservice

Another example:

  • Extract the username from Authorization header (HTTP Basic Auth)

  • Validate said username's password via LDAP server

  • resolve groups associated to the user from groups defined in readonlyrest.yml

More examples are shown below together with a sample configuration.

Local users and groups

The groups rule accepts a list of group names. This rule will match if the resolved username (i.e. via auth_key) is associated to the given groups. In this example, the usernames are statically associated to group names.

access_control_rules:
- name: Accept requests from users in group team1 on index1
type: allow # Optional, defaults to "allow" will omit now on.
groups: ["team1"]
indices: ["index1"]
- name: Accept requests from users in group team2 on index2
groups: ["team2"]
indices: ["index2"]
- name: Accept requests from users in groups team1 or team2 on index3
groups: ["team1", "team2"]
indices: ["index3"]
users:
- username: alice
auth_key: alice:p455phrase
groups: ["team1"]
- username: bob
auth_key: bob:s3cr37
groups: ["team2", "team4"]
- username: claire
auth_key_sha256: e0bba5fda92dbb0570fd2e729a3c8ed6b1d52b380581f32427a38e396ba28ec6 #claire:p455key
groups: ["team1", "team5"]

Example: rules are associated to groups (instead of users) and users-group association is declared separately later under users:

Environmental variables

Anywhere in readonlyrest.yml you can use the espression ${MY_ENV_VAR} to replace in place the environmental variables. This is very useful for injecting credentials like LDAP bind passwords, especially in Docker.

For example, here we declare an environment variable, and we write ${LDAP_PASSWORD} in our settings:

$ export LDAP_PASSWORD=S3cr3tP4ss
$ cat readonlyrest.yml
....
ldaps:
- name: ldap1
host: "ldap1.example.com"
port: 389
ssl_enabled: false
ssl_trust_all_certs: true
bind_dn: "cn=admin,dc=example,dc=com"
bind_password: "${LDAP_PASSWORD}"
search_user_base_DN: "ou=People,dc=example,dc=com"
....

And ReadonlyREST ES will load "S3cr3tP4ss" as bind_password.

Dynamic variables

One of the neatest feature in ReadonlyREST is that you can use dynamic variables inside most rules values. The variables you can currently replace into rules values are these:

  • @{acl:user} gets replaced with the username of the successfully authenticated user. Using this variable is allowed only in blocks where one of the rules is authentication rule (of course it must be rule different from the one containing given variable).

  • @{user} old style user variable definition. Preferred approach is to use @{acl:user}.

  • @{acl:current_group} gets replaced with user's current group. Usually resolved by authorization rule defined in block, but value can be also retrieved by means of kibana plugin. This variable doesn't specify usage requirements.

  • @{xyz} gets replaced with any xyz HTTP header included in the incoming request (useful when reverse proxies handle authentication)

Indices from user name

You can let users authenticate externally, i.e. via LDAP, and use their user name string inside the indices rule.

readonlyrest:
access_control_rules:
- name: "Users can see only their logstash indices i.e. alice can see alice_logstash-20170922"
ldap_authentication:
name: "myLDAP"
indices: ["@{acl:user}_logstash-*"]
# LDAP connector settings omitted, see LDAP section below..

Uri regex matching user's current group

You can let users authorize externally, i.e. via LDAP, and use their group inside the uri_re rule.

readonlyrest:
access_control_rules:
- name: "Users can access uri with value containing user's current group, i.e. user with group 'g1' can access: '/path/g1/some_thing'"
ldap_authorization:
name: "ldap1"
groups: ["g1", "g2", "g3"]
uri_re: ["^/path/@{acl:current_group}/.*"]
# LDAP connector settings omitted, see LDAP section below..

Kibana index from headers

Imagine that we delegate authentication to a reverse proxy, so we know that only authenticated users will ever reach Elasticsearch. We can tell the reverse proxy (i.e. Nginx) to inject a header called x-nginx-user containing the username.

readonlyrest:
access_control_rules:
- name: "Identify a personal kibana index where each user is supposed to save their dashboards"
kibana_access: rw
kibana_index: ".kibana_@{x-nginx-user}"

Dynamic variables from JWT claims

The JWT token is an authentication string passed generally as a header or a query parameter to the web browser. If you squint, you can see it's a concatenation of three base64 encoded strings. If you base64 decode the middle string, you can see the "claims object". That is, the object containing the current user's metadata.

Here is an example of JWT claims object.

{
"user": "jdoe",
"display_name": "John Doe",
"department": "infosec",
"allowedIndices": ["x", "y"]
}

Here follow some examples of how to use JWT claims as dynamic variables in ReadonlyREST ACL blocks, notice the "jwt:" prefix:

# Using JWT claims as dynamic variables
indices: [ ".kibana_@{jwt:department}", "otherIdx" ]
# claims = { "user": "u1", "department": "infosec"}
# -> indices: [".kibana_infosec", "otherIdx"]
# Using nested values in JWT using JSONPATH as dynamic variables
indices: [ ".kibana_@{jwt:jsonpath.to.department}", "otherIdx"]
# claims = { "jsonpath": {"to": { "department": "infosec" }}}
# -> indices: [".kibana_infosec", "otherIdx"]
# Referencing array-typed values from JWT claims will expand in a list of strings
indices: [ ".kibana_@explode{jwt:allowedIndices}", "otherIdx"]
# claims = {"username": "u1", "allowedIndices": ["x", "y"] }
# -> indices: [".kibana_x", ".kibana_y", "otherIdx"]
# Explode operator will generate an array of strings from a comma-separated string
indices: ["logstash_@explode{x-indices_csv_string}*", "otherIdx"]
# HTTP Headers: [{ "x-indices_csv_string": "a,b"}]
# -> indices: ["logstash_a*", "logstash_b*", "otherIdx"]

LDAP connector

In this example, users credentials are validate via LDAP. The groups associated to each validated users are resolved using the same LDAP server.

Simpler: authentication and authorization in one rule

readonlyrest:
access_control_rules:
- name: Accept requests from users in group team1 on index1
type: allow # Optional, defaults to "allow", will omit from now on.
ldap_auth:
name: "ldap1" # ldap name from below 'ldaps' section
groups: ["g1", "g2"] # group within 'ou=Groups,dc=example,dc=com'
indices: ["index1"]
- name: Accept requests from users in group team2 on index2
ldap_auth:
name: "ldap2"
groups: ["g3"]
cache_ttl_in_sec: 60
indices: ["index2"]
ldaps:
- name: ldap1
host: "ldap1.example.com"
port: 389 # optional, default 389
ssl_enabled: false # optional, default true
ssl_trust_all_certs: true # optional, default false
bind_dn: "cn=admin,dc=example,dc=com" # optional, skip for anonymous bind
bind_password: "password" # optional, skip for anonymous bind
search_user_base_DN: "ou=People,dc=example,dc=com"
user_id_attribute: "uid" # optional, default "uid"
search_groups_base_DN: "ou=Groups,dc=example,dc=com"
unique_member_attribute: "uniqueMember" # optional, default "uniqueMember"
connection_pool_size: 10 # optional, default 30
connection_timeout_in_sec: 10 # optional, default 1
request_timeout_in_sec: 10 # optional, default 1
cache_ttl_in_sec: 60 # optional, default 0 - cache disabled
group_search_filter: "(objectClass=group)(cn=application*)" # optional, default (cn=*)
group_name_attribute: "cn" # optional, default "cn"
# High availability LDAP settings (using "hosts", rather than "host")
- name: ldap2
hosts: # HA style, alternative to "host"
- "ldaps://ssl-ldap2.foo.com:636" # can use ldap:// or ldaps:// (for ssl)
- "ldaps://ssl-ldap3.foo.com:636" # the port is declared in line
ha: "ROUND_ROBIN" # optional, default "FAILOVER"
search_user_base_DN: "ou=People,dc=example2,dc=com"
search_groups_base_DN: "ou=Groups,dc=example2,dc=com"

Advanced: authentication and authorization in separate rules

readonlyrest:
enable: true
response_if_req_forbidden: Forbidden by ReadonlyREST ES plugin
access_control_rules:
- name: Accept requests to index1 from users with valid LDAP credentials, belonging to LDAP group 'team1'
ldap_authentication: "ldap1"
ldap_authorization:
name: "ldap1" # ldap name from 'ldaps' section
groups: ["g1", "g2"] # group within 'ou=Groups,dc=example,dc=com'
indices: ["index1"]
- name: Accept requests to index2 from users with valid LDAP credentials, belonging to LDAP group 'team2'
ldap_authentication:
name: "ldap2"
cache_ttl_in_sec: 60
ldap_authorization:
name: "ldap2"
groups: ["g3"]
cache_ttl_in_sec: 60
indices: ["index2"]
ldaps:
- name: ldap1
host: "ldap1.example.com"
port: 389 # default 389
ssl_enabled: false # default true
ssl_trust_all_certs: true # default false
bind_dn: "cn=admin,dc=example,dc=com" # skip for anonymous bind
bind_password: "password" # skip for anonymous bind
search_user_base_DN: "ou=People,dc=example,dc=com"
user_id_attribute: "uid" # default "uid"
search_groups_base_DN: "ou=Groups,dc=example,dc=com"
unique_member_attribute: "uniqueMember" # default "uniqueMember"
connection_pool_size: 10 # default 30
connection_timeout_in_sec: 10 # default 1
request_timeout_in_sec: 10 # default 1
cache_ttl_in_sec: 60 # default 0 - cache disabled
# High availability LDAP settings (using "hosts", rather than "host")
- name: ldap2
hosts: # HA style, alternative to "host"
- "ldaps://ssl-ldap2.foo.com:636" # can use ldap:// or ldaps:// (for ssl)
- "ldaps://ssl-ldap3.foo.com:636" # the port is declared in line
ha: "ROUND_ROBIN" # optional, default "FAILOVER"
search_user_base_DN: "ou=People,dc=example2,dc=com"
search_groups_base_DN: "ou=Groups,dc=example2,dc=com"

LDAP configuration notes

  • search_user_base_DN should refer to the base Distinguished Name of the users to be authenticated.

  • search_groups_base_DN should refer to the base Distinguished Name of the groups to which these users may belong.

  • By default, users in search_user_base_DN should contain a uid LDAP attribute referring to a unique ID for the user within the base DN. An alternative attribute name can be specified via the optional user_id_attribute configuration item.

  • By default, groups in search_groups_base_DN should contain a uniqueMember LDAP attribute referring to the full DNs of the users that belong to the group. (There may be any number of occurrences of this attribute within a particular group, as any number of users may belong to the group.) An alternative attribute name can be specified via the optional unique_member_attribute configuration item.

  • group_name_attribute is the LDAP group object attribute that contains the names of the ROR groups

  • group_search_filter is the LDAP search filter (or filters) to limit the user groups returned by LDAP. By default, this filter will be joined (with &) with unique_member_attribute=user_dn filter resulting in this LDAP search filter: (&YOUR_GROUP_SEARCH_FILTER(unique_member_attribute=user_dn)). The unique_member_attribute can be set to use the value of user_id_attribute by setting group_attribute_is_dn: false.

Examples:

group_search_filter: "(objectClass=group)"
group_search_filter: "(objectClass=group)(cn=application*)"
group_search_filter: "(cn=*)" # basically no group filtering

(An example OpenLDAP configuration file can be found in our tests: /src/test/resources/test_example.ldif)

Caching can be configured per LDAP client (see ldap1) or per rule (see Accept requests from users in group team2 on index2 rule)

External Basic Auth

ReadonlyREST will forward the received Authorization header to a website of choice and evaluate the returned HTTP status code to verify the provided credentials. This is useful if you already have a web server with all the credentials configured and the credentials are passed over the Authorization header.

readonlyrest:
access_control_rules:
- name: "::Tweets::"
methods: GET
indices: ["twitter"]
external_authentication: "ext1"
- name: "::Facebook posts::"
methods: GET
indices: ["facebook"]
external_authentication:
service: "ext2"
cache_ttl_in_sec: 60
external_authentication_service_configs:
- name: "ext1"
authentication_endpoint: "http://external-website1:8080/auth1"
success_status_code: 200
cache_ttl_in_sec: 60
validate: false # SSL certificate validation (default to true)
http_connection_settings:
connection_timeout_in_sec: 5 # default 2
socket_timeout_in_sec: 3 # default 5
connection_request_timeout_in_sec: 3 # default 5
connection_pool_size: 10 # default 30
- name: "ext2"
authentication_endpoint: "http://external-website2:8080/auth2"
success_status_code: 204
cache_ttl_in_sec: 60

To define an external authentication service the user should specify:

  • name for service (then this name is used as id in service attribute of external_authentication rule)

  • authentication_endpoint (GET request)

  • success_status_code - authentication response success status code

Cache can be defined at the service level or/and at the rule level. In the example, both are shown, but you might opt for setting up either.

Custom groups providers

This external authorization connector makes it possible to resolve to what groups a users belong, using an external JSON or XML service.

readonlyrest:
access_control_rules:
- name: "::Tweets::"
methods: GET
indices: ["twitter"]
proxy_auth:
proxy_auth_config: "proxy1"
users: ["*"]
groups_provider_authorization:
user_groups_provider: "GroupsService"
groups: ["group3"]
- name: "::Facebook posts::"
methods: GET
indices: ["facebook"]
proxy_auth:
proxy_auth_config: "proxy1"
users: ["*"]
groups_provider_authorization:
user_groups_provider: "GroupsService"
groups: ["group1"]
cache_ttl_in_sec: 60
proxy_auth_configs:
- name: "proxy1"
user_id_header: "X-Auth-Token" # default X-Forwarded-User
user_groups_providers:
- name: GroupsService
groups_endpoint: "http://localhost:8080/groups"
auth_token_name: "token"
auth_token_passed_as: QUERY_PARAM # HEADER OR QUERY_PARAM
response_groups_json_path: "$..groups[?(@.name)].name" # see: https://github.com/json-path/JsonPath
cache_ttl_in_sec: 60
http_connection_settings:
connection_timeout_in_sec: 5 # default 2
socket_timeout_in_sec: 3 # default 5
connection_request_timeout_in_sec: 3 # default 5
connection_pool_size: 10 # default 30

In example above, a user is authenticated by reverse proxy and then external service is asked for groups for that user. If groups returned by the service contain any group declared in groups list, user is authorized and rule matches.

To define user groups provider you should specify:

  • name for service (then this name is used as id in user_groups_provider attribute of groups_provider_authorization rule)

  • groups_endpoint - service with groups endpoint (GET request)

  • auth_token_name - user identifier will be passed with this name

  • auth_token_passed_as - user identifier can be send using HEADER or QUERY_PARAM

  • response_groups_json_path - response can be unrestricted, but you have to specify JSON Path for groups name list (see example in tests)

As usual, the cache behaviour can be defined at service level or/and at rule level.

JSON Web Token (JWT) Auth

The information about the user name can be extracted from the "claims" inside a JSON Web Token. Here is an example.

readonlyrest:
access_control_rules:
- name: Valid JWT token with a viewer role
kibana_access: ro
jwt_auth:
name: "jwt_provider_1"
roles: ["viewer"]
- name: Valid JWT token with a writer role
kibana_access: rw
jwt_auth:
name: "jwt_provider_1"
roles: ["writer"]
jwt:
- name: jwt_provider_1
signature_algo: HMAC # can be NONE, RSA, HMAC (default), and EC
signature_key: "your_signature_min_256_chars"
user_claim: email
roles_claim: resource_access.client-app.roles # JSON-path style
header_name: Authorization

The user_claim indicates which field in the JSON will be interpreted as the user name.

The signature_key is used shared secret between the issuer of the JWT and ReadonlyREST. It is used to verify the cryptographical "paternity" of the message.

The header_name is used if we expect the JWT Token in a custom header (i.e. Google Cloud IAP signed headers)

The signature_algo indicates the family of cryptographic algorithms used to validate the JWT.

Accepted signature_algo values

The value of this configuration represents the cryptographic family of the JWT protocol. Use the below table to tell what value you should configure, given a JWT token sample. You can decode sample JWT token using an online tool.

Algorithm declared in JWT token

signature_algo value

NONE

None

HS256

HMAC

HS384

HMAC

HS512

HMAC

RS256

RSA

RS384

RSA

RS512

RSA

PS256

RSA

PS384

RSA

PS512

RSA

ES256

EC

ES384

EC

ES512

EC

GPLv3 License

ReadonlyREST Free (Elasticsearch plugin) is released under the GPLv3 license. For what this kind of software concerns, this is identical to GPLv2, that is, you can treat ReadonlyREST as you would treat Linux code. The big difference from Linux is that here you can ask for a commercial license and stop thinking about legal implications.

Here is a practical summary of what dealing with GPLv3 means:

You CAN

  • Distribute for free or commercially a version (partial or total) of this software (along with its license and attributions) as part of a product or solution that is also released under GPL-compatible license. Please notify us if you do so.

  • Use a modified version internally to your company without making your changes available under the GPLv3 license.

  • Distribute for free or commercially a modified version (partial or total) of this software, provided that the source is contributed back as pull request to

    the original project or publicly made available under the GPLv3 or compatible license.

You CANNOT

  • Sell or give away a modified version of the plugin (or parts of it, or any derived work) without publishing the modified source under GPLv3 compatible licenses.

  • Modify the code for a paying client without immediately contributing your changes back to this project's GitHub as a pull request, or alternatively publicly release said fork under GPLv3 or compatible license.

GPLv3 license FAQ

1. Q: I sell a proprietary software solution that already includes many other OSS components (i.e. Elasticsearch). Can I bundle also ReadonlyREST into it?

A: No, GPLv3 does not allow it. But hey, no problem, just go for the Enterprise subscription.

2. Q: I have a SaaS and we want to use a version of ReadonlyREST for Elasticsearch (as is, or modified), do I need a commercial license?

A: No, you don't. Go for it! However if you are using Kibana, consider the Enterprise offer which includes multi-tenancy.

3. Q: I'm a consultant and I will charge my customer for modifying this software and they will not sell it as a product or part of their product.

A: This is fine with GPLv3.

Dual-license

Please don't hesitate to contact us for a re-licensed copy of this source. Your success is what makes this project worthwhile, don't let legal issues slow you down.

See commercial license FAQ page for more information.

Installation

  1. Download the binary release of the latest version of ReadonlyREST from the download page

  2. cd to the Elasticsearch home

  3. Install the plugin

Elasticsearch 5.x

bin/elasticsearch-plugin install file:///download-folder/readonlyrest-1.13.2_es5.1.2.zip

Elasticsearch 2.x

bin/plugin install file:///download-folder/readonlyrest-1.13.2_es5.1.2.zip
  1. Edit config/readonlyrest.yml and add your configuration as seen in examples.

Build from Source

You need to have installed: git, maven, Java 8 JDK, zip. So use apt-get or brew to get them.

  1. Clone the repo

git clone https://github.com/sscarduzio/elasticsearch-readonlyrest-plugin
  1. cd elasticsearch-readonlyrest-plugin

  2. Launch the build script bin/build.sh

You should find the plugin's zip files under /target (Elasticsearch 2.x) or build/releases/ (Elasticsearch 5.x).

Examples

A small library of typical use cases.

Secure Logstash

We have a Logstash agent installed somewhere and we want to ship the logs to our Elasticsearch cluster securely.

Elasticsearch side

Step 1: Bring Elasticsearch HTTP interface (port 9200) to HTTPS When you get SSL certificates (i.e. from your IT department, or from LetsEncrypt), you should obtain a private key and a certificate chain. In order to use them with ReadonlyREST, we need to wrap them into a JKS (Java key store) file. For the sake of this example, or for your testing, we won't use real SSL certificates, we are going to create a self signed certificate.

Remember, we'll do with a self-signed certificate for example convenience, but if you deploy this to a server, use a real one!

keytool -genkey -keyalg RSA -alias selfsigned -keystore keystore.jks -storepass readonlyrest -validity 360 -keysize 2048

Now copy the keystore.jks inside the plugin directory inside the Elasticsearch home.

cp keystore.jks /elasticsearch/config/

IMPORTANT: to enable ReadonlyREST's SSL stack, open elasticsearch.yml and append this one line:

http.type: ssl_netty4

Step 3 Now We need to create some credentials for logstash to login, let's say

  • user = logstash

  • password = logstash

Step 4 Hash the credentials string logstash:logstash using SHA256. The simplest way is to paste the string in an online tool You should have obtained "4338fa3ea95532196849ae27615e14dda95c77b1".

Step 5 Let's add some configuration to our Elasticsearch: edit conf/readonlyrest.yml and append the following lines:

readonlyrest:
ssl:
enable: true
# keystore in the same dir with readonlyrest.yml
keystore_file: "keystore.jks"
keystore_pass: readonlyrest
key_pass: readonlyrest
response_if_req_forbidden: Forbidden by ReadonlyREST ES plugin
access_control_rules:
- name: "::LOGSTASH::"
auth_key_sha256: "280ac6f756a64a80143447c980289e7e4c6918b92588c8095c7c3f049a13fbf9" #logstash:logstash
actions: ["cluster:monitor/main","indices:admin/types/exists","indices:data/read/*","indices:data/write/*","indices:admin/template/*","indices:admin/create"]
indices: ["logstash-*"]

Logstash side

Edit the logstash configuration file and fix the output block as follows:

output {
elasticsearch {
ssl => true
ssl_certificate_verification => false
hosts => ["YOUR_ELASTICSEARCH_HOST:9200"]
user => logstash
password => logstash
}
}

The ssl_certificate_verification bit is necessary for accepting self-signed SSL certificates. You might also need to add cacert parameter to provide the path to your .cer or .pem file.

Secure Metricbeats

Very similarly to Logstaash, here's a snippet of configuration for Metricbeats logging agent configuration of metricbeat - elasticsearch section

On the Metricbeats side

output.elasticsearch:
output.elasticsearch:
username: metricbeat
password: hereyourpasswordformetricbeat
protocol: https
hosts: ["xx.xx.xx.xx:9200"]
worker: 1
index: "log_metricbeat-%{+yyyy.MM}"
template.enabled: false
template.versions.2x.enabled: false
ssl.enabled: true
ssl.certificate_authorities: ["./certs/your-rootca_cert.pem"]
ssl.certificate: "./certs/your_srv_cert.pem"
ssl.key: "./certs/your_srv_key.pem"

Of course, if you do not use ssl, disable it.

On the Elasticsearch side

readonlyrest:
ssl:
enable: true
# keystore in the same dir with elasticsearch.yml
keystore_file: "keystore.jks"
keystore_pass: readonlyrest
key_pass: readonlyrest
access_control_rules:
- name: "metricbeat can write and create its own indices"
auth_key_sha1: fd2e44724a234234454324253094080986e8fda
actions: ["indices:data/read/*","indices:data/write/*","indices:admin/template/*","indices:admin/create"]
indices: ["metricbeat-*", "log_metricbeat*"]