Operator privileges are enabled – How to solve this Elasticsearch error

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Aug-23, Version: 7.15-8.9

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Briefly, this error occurs when Elasticsearch operator privileges are enabled, which restricts certain operations that can be performed by the Elasticsearch operator. This can cause issues if the operator tries to perform a restricted operation. To resolve this issue, you can either disable operator privileges if they are not needed, or ensure that the operator is only attempting to perform operations that are allowed under the current privilege settings. Alternatively, you can adjust the operator privileges to allow the necessary operations.

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This guide will help you check for common problems that cause the log ” operator privileges are enabled ” to appear. To understand the issues related to this log, read the explanation below about the following Elasticsearch concepts: plugin.

Log Context

Log “operator privileges are enabled” classname is Security.java.
We extracted the following from Elasticsearch source code for those seeking an in-depth context :

        // operator privileges are enabled either explicitly via the setting or if running serverless
        final boolean operatorPrivilegesEnabled = OPERATOR_PRIVILEGES_ENABLED.get(settings) || DiscoveryNode.isServerless();

        if (operatorPrivilegesEnabled) {
            logger.info("operator privileges are enabled");
            if (operatorOnlyRegistry.get() == null) {
                operatorOnlyRegistry.set(new DefaultOperatorOnlyRegistry(clusterService.getClusterSettings()));
                new OperatorPrivileges.DefaultOperatorPrivilegesService(


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