Context is not authenticated – How to solve this Elasticsearch exception

Opster Team

August-23, Version: 8.8-8.9

Briefly, this error occurs when Elasticsearch receives a request from an unauthenticated source. This could be due to incorrect or missing credentials, or a misconfigured security setting. To resolve this issue, ensure that the correct credentials are being used in the request. If using a security plugin, check its configuration to ensure it’s correctly set up. Also, verify that the user associated with the credentials has the necessary permissions to perform the requested operation.

This guide will help you check for common problems that cause the log ” Context is not authenticated ” to appear. To understand the issues related to this log, read the explanation below about the following Elasticsearch concepts: plugin.

Log Context

Log “Context is not authenticated” class name is We extracted the following from Elasticsearch source code for those seeking an in-depth context :

 tamperedRequest(requestId; request.getHttpRequest());
 throw new ElasticsearchSecurityException("rest request attempted to inject a user"; e);
 if (authentication == null) {
 // should never happen
 throw new ElasticsearchSecurityException("Context is not authenticated");
 if (events.contains(AUTHENTICATION_SUCCESS)
 && eventFilterPolicyRegistry.ignorePredicate()
 new AuditEventMetaInfo(


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