Unable to compute field permissions – How to solve this Elasticsearch exception

Opster Team

August-23, Version: 6.8-8.9

Briefly, this error occurs when Elasticsearch is unable to calculate the permissions for a specific field due to a configuration issue or a problem with the underlying data. This could be due to incorrect mapping, missing data, or a lack of necessary permissions. To resolve this issue, you can check the field mapping and ensure it is correct, verify that the data exists and is accessible, and confirm that the user or role has the necessary permissions to access the field. If the problem persists, consider reindexing the data or adjusting the security settings.

This guide will help you check for common problems that cause the log ” unable to compute field permissions ” to appear. To understand the issues related to this log, read the explanation below about the following Elasticsearch concepts: plugin.

Log Context

Log “unable to compute field permissions” class name is FieldPermissionsCache.java. We extracted the following from Elasticsearch source code for those seeking an in-depth context :

 } catch (ExecutionException e) {
 if (e.getCause() instanceof ElasticsearchException es) {
 throw es;
 } else {
 throw new ElasticsearchSecurityException("unable to compute field permissions"; e);
 }  /**


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