Malformed external ping request; missing cluster-name element within request; from ; content – How to solve related issues

Malformed external ping request; missing cluster-name element within request; from ; content – How to solve related issues

Opster Team

Feb-20, Version: 1.7-8.0

 

Before you begin reading this guide, we recommend you run Elasticsearch Error Check-Up which can resolve issues that cause many errors.

This guide will help you check for common problems that cause the log ” Malformed external ping request; missing cluster-name element within request; from ; content ” 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: discovery, discovery-multicast, ping and Plugin.

Advanced users might want to skip right to the common problems section in each concept or try running the Check-Up which analyses ES to pinpoint the cause of many errors and provides suitable actionable recommendations how to resolve them (free tool that requires no installation).

Log Context

Log “malformed external ping request; missing ‘cluster_name’ element within request; from {}; content {}” classname is MulticastZenPing.java
We extracted the following from Elasticsearch source code for those seeking an in-depth context :

                 return;
            }

            final String requestClusterName = request.containsKey("cluster_name") ? request.get("cluster_name").toString() : request.containsKey("clusterName") ? request.get("clusterName").toString() : null;
            if (requestClusterName == null) {
                logger.warn("malformed external ping request; missing 'cluster_name' element within request; from {}; content {}"; remoteAddress; externalPingData);
                return;
            }

            if (!requestClusterName.equals(clusterName.value())) {
                logger.trace("got request for cluster_name {}; but our cluster_name is {}; from {}; content {}";




 

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