Unable to apply field level security – How to solve related issues

Unable to apply field level security – How to solve related issues

Opster Team

Jan-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 ” Unable to apply field level security ” 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: index, plugin and rest-high-level.

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 “Unable to apply field level security” classname is SecurityIndexSearcherWrapper.java.
We extracted the following from Elasticsearch source code for those seeking an in-depth context :


            return permissions.getFieldPermissions().filter(wrappedReader);
        } catch (IOException e) {
            logger.error("Unable to apply field level security");
            throw ExceptionsHelper.convertToElastic(e);



Run the Check-Up to get a customized report like this:

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