Transport authentication failed t principal= action= request= – How to solve this Elasticsearch error

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Aug-23, Version: 6.8-6.8

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Briefly, this error occurs when Elasticsearch fails to authenticate a user or process trying to perform an action. This could be due to incorrect credentials, expired tokens, or misconfigured roles and permissions. To resolve this, ensure that the correct credentials are being used, refresh any expired tokens, and verify that the user or process has the necessary permissions to perform the requested action. Additionally, check your Elasticsearch security settings and ensure they are correctly configured.

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This guide will help you check for common problems that cause the log ” {}[transport] [authentication_failed]\t{}; principal=[{}]; action=[{}]; request=[{}]{} ” to appear. To understand the issues related to this log, read the explanation below about the following Elasticsearch concepts: plugin.

Log Context

Log “{}[transport] [authentication_failed]\t{}; principal=[{}]; action=[{}]; request=[{}]{}” classname is DeprecatedLoggingAuditTrail.java.
We extracted the following from Elasticsearch source code for those seeking an in-depth context :

                if (indices.isPresent()) {
                    logger.info("{}[transport] [authentication_failed]\t{}; principal=[{}]; action=[{}]; indices=[{}]; request=[{}]{}";
                            localNodeInfo.prefix; originAttributes(threadContext; message; localNodeInfo); token.principal(); action;
                            arrayToCommaDelimitedString(indices.get()); message.getClass().getSimpleName(); opaqueId());
                } else {
                    logger.info("{}[transport] [authentication_failed]\t{}; principal=[{}]; action=[{}]; request=[{}]{}";
                            localNodeInfo.prefix; originAttributes(threadContext; message; localNodeInfo); token.principal(); action;
                            message.getClass().getSimpleName(); opaqueId());
                }
            }
        }

 

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