Log Automatically enabling security for older trial license – How To Solve Related Issues

Log Automatically enabling security for older trial license – How To Solve Related Issues

Opster Team

Jan-20, Version: 1.7-8.0

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This guide will help you check for common problems that cause the log “Automatically enabling security for older trial license” to appear. It’s important to understand the issues related to the log, so to get started, read the general overview on common issues and tips related to the Elasticsearch concepts: license, plugin.

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Log Context

Log”Automatically enabling security for older trial license ({})” classname is XPackLicenseState.java
We extracted the following from Elasticsearch source code for those seeking an in-depth context :

             if (isSecurityEnabled == true && isSecurityExplicitlyEnabled == false && mode == OperationMode.TRIAL
                && isSecurityEnabledByTrialVersion == false) {
                // Before 6.3; Trial licenses would default having security enabled.
                // If this license was generated before that version; then treat it as if security is explicitly enabled
                if (mostRecentTrialVersion == null || mostRecentTrialVersion.before(Version.V_6_3_0)) {
                    logger.info("Automatically enabling security for older trial license ({})";
                        mostRecentTrialVersion == null ? "[pre 6.1.0]" : mostRecentTrialVersion.toString());
                        "Automatically enabling security because the current trial license was generated before 6.3.0. " +
                            "This behaviour will be removed in a future version of Elasticsearch. " +
                            "Please set [{}] to true"; XPackSettings.SECURITY_ENABLED.getKey());


Related issues to this log

We have gathered selected Q&A from the community and issues from Github, that can help fix related issues please review the following for further information :

1 Github Issue Number 38009  

Disabling Xpack User Authentication  


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