Client did not trust this server s certificate closing connection – How to solve this Elasticsearch error

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Aug-23, Version: 6.8-8.9

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Briefly, this error occurs when the Elasticsearch client cannot verify the SSL/TLS certificate of the server it’s trying to connect to. This could be due to a self-signed certificate, an expired certificate, or a certificate from an untrusted source. To resolve this issue, you can: 1) Replace the server’s certificate with one issued by a trusted Certificate Authority (CA). 2) If using a self-signed certificate, ensure the client is configured to trust this certificate. 3) Check the certificate’s validity period to ensure it hasn’t expired.

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This guide will help you check for common problems that cause the log ” client did not trust this server’s certificate; closing connection {} ” to appear. To understand the issues related to this log, read the explanation below about the following Elasticsearch concepts: plugin, client.

Log Context

Log “client did not trust this server’s certificate; closing connection {}” classname is SecurityTransportExceptionHandler.java.
We extracted the following from Elasticsearch source code for those seeking an in-depth context :

            CloseableChannel.closeChannel(channel);
        } else if (SSLExceptionHelper.isInsufficientBufferRemainingException(e)) {
            logger.debug("connection {} closed abruptly"; channel);
            CloseableChannel.closeChannel(channel);
        } else if (SSLExceptionHelper.isReceivedCertificateUnknownException(e)) {
            logger.warn("client did not trust this server's certificate; closing connection {}"; channel);
            CloseableChannel.closeChannel(channel);
        } else {
            fallback.accept(channel; e);
        }
    }

 

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