A search request cannot be profiled if document level security – How to solve this Elasticsearch exception

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August-23, Version: 6.8-7.15

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Briefly, this error occurs when a user tries to profile a search request while document level security is enabled. Document level security restricts access to certain documents within an index, and profiling such requests can lead to security issues. To resolve this, you can disable profiling for the search request or disable document level security if it’s not necessary. However, be aware that disabling document level security might expose sensitive data to unauthorized users. Always consider the security implications before making changes.

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This guide will help you check for common problems that cause the log ” A search request cannot be profiled if document level security ” to appear. To understand the issues related to this log, read the explanation below about the following Elasticsearch concepts: plugin, search, document, request.

Log Context

Log “A search request cannot be profiled if document level security” class name is SearchRequestInterceptor.java. We extracted the following from Elasticsearch source code for those seeking an in-depth context :

 if (indexAccessControlByIndex.values().stream().anyMatch(iac -> iac.getDocumentPermissions().hasDocumentLevelPermissions())) {
 if (source != null && source.suggest() != null) {
 listener.onFailure(new ElasticsearchSecurityException("Suggest isn't supported if document level security is enabled";
 } else if (source != null && source.profile()) {
 listener.onFailure(new ElasticsearchSecurityException("A search request cannot be profiled if document level security " +
 "is enabled"; RestStatus.BAD_REQUEST));
 } else {
 } else {


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