Cannot descend into the DEK blob container – How to solve this Elasticsearch exception

Opster Team

August-23, Version: 7.12-8.6

Briefly, this error occurs when Elasticsearch is unable to access or navigate into the Data Encryption Key (DEK) blob container. This could be due to incorrect permissions, network issues, or a misconfigured blob container. To resolve this issue, you can check and correct the permissions for the DEK blob container, ensure the network connectivity is stable, and verify the configuration settings of the blob container. Additionally, ensure that the blob container exists and is accessible.

This guide will help you check for common problems that cause the log ” Cannot descend into the DEK blob container ” to appear. To understand the issues related to this log, read the explanation below about the following Elasticsearch concepts: repositories, plugin, container.

Log Context

Log “Cannot descend into the DEK blob container” class name is We extracted the following from Elasticsearch source code for those seeking an in-depth context :

 ) {
 this.repositoryName = repositoryName;
 final String rootPathElement = ? null :;
 if (DEK_ROOT_CONTAINER.equals(rootPathElement)) {
 throw new RepositoryException(repositoryName; "Cannot descend into the DEK blob container " + path);
 this.delegatedBlobContainer = delegatedBlobContainer;
 this.singleUseDEKSupplier = singleUseDEKSupplier;
 this.getDEKById = getDEKById;


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