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HOW TO add search-guard-ssl to Elasticsearch

March 21st, 2016 1 comment

If you have a need to encrypt communication between your Elasticsearch nodes, but do not (yet) need the complicated ACL provided from either Shield (Elastic commercial product) or Search-Guard (open source), then you can use Search-Guard-SSL (open source).

I am going to show you how to add Search-Guard-SSL (SG-SSL for short) to Elasticsearch. There are a few requirements.

SG-SSL requires Elasticsearch version 2.0.x or newer. Make sure you are using the correct version!

First, download the correct version (zip) file from here.

Second, verify the integrity of your downloaded file.

$ curl -o search-guard-ssl-2.2.1.7.jar https://oss.sonatype.org/content/repositories/releases/com/floragunn/search-guard-ssl/2.2.1.7/search-guard-ssl-2.2.1.7.jar
$ curl -o search-guard-ssl-2.2.1.7.jar.asc https://oss.sonatype.org/content/repositories/releases/com/floragunn/search-guard-ssl/2.2.1.7/search-guard-ssl-2.2.1.7.jar.asc

$ gpg --verify search-guard-ssl-2.2.1.7.jar.asc search-guard-ssl-2.2.1.7.jar

Third, you need to use a cert — either generate your own; or one that you have purchased/generated by your Corp IT — I am not going to go into it here.

Fourth, decide where your trust store and cert are going to reside and configure elasticsearch.yml as appropriate.

Below is just the configuration specific to SG-SSL that need to be added to your elasticsearch.yml. Edit it as appropriate and add it to your Elasticsearch config.


######################################################################################
# HTTP/REST layer SSL
# NOTE: Here, I am only using transport (node to node) encryption.
# I am NOT using HTTP encryption as I want to be able to use the REST API without
# requiring HTTPS. I have HTTP (port 9200) bind to localhost only. You may need to
# turn it on depending on your security policy.
######################################################################################
searchh.guard.ssl.transport.enabled: true
searchguard.ssl.transport.keystore_type: PKCS12
searchguard.ssl.transport.keystore_filepath: /export/apps/my-elk-cluster/var/identity.p12
# Alias name (default: first alias which could be found)
#searchguard.ssl.transport.keystore_alias: my_alias
# passwords here are not really in use. Java has a bug where password-less keystores don't work.
searchguard.ssl.transport.keystore_password: my-keystore-password
searchguard.ssl.transport.truststore_type: JKS
searchguard.ssl.transport.truststore_filepath: /etc/pki/certs/cacerts
# Alias name (default: first alias which could be found)
#searchguard.ssl.transport.truststore_alias: my_alias
searchguard.ssl.transport.truststore_password: changeit
searchguard.ssl.transport.truststore_alias: my-alias
searchguard.ssl.transport.enforce_hostname_verification: true
searchguard.ssl.transport.resolve_hostname: true
searchguard.ssl.transport.enable_openssl_if_available: false

#####################################################################################
# Enable or disable rest layer security - https, (default: false)
searchguard.ssl.http.enabled: false
# JKS or PKCS12 (default: JKS)
#searchguard.ssl.http.keystore_type: PKCS12
# Relative path to the keystore file (this stores the server certificates), must be placed under the config/ d
ir
#searchguard.ssl.http.keystore_filepath: keystore_https_node1.jks
# Alias name (default: first alias which could be found)
#searchguard.ssl.http.keystore_alias: my_alias
# Keystore password (default: changeit)
#searchguard.ssl.http.keystore_password: changeit
# Do the clients (typically the browser or the proxy) have to authenticate themself to the http server, defaul
t is false
#searchguard.ssl.http.enforce_clientauth: false
# JKS or PKCS12 (default: JKS)
#searchguard.ssl.http.truststore_type: PKCS12
# Relative path to the truststore file (this stores the client certificates), must be placed under the config/
dir
#searchguard.ssl.http.truststore_filepath: truststore_https.jks
# Alias name (default: first alias which could be found)
#searchguard.ssl.http.truststore_alias: my_alias
# Truststore password (default: changeit)
#searchguard.ssl.http.truststore_password: changeit
# Use native Open SSL instead of JDK SSL if available (default: true)
searchguard.ssl.http.enable_openssl_if_available: false

That’s it. Now deploy to all your nodes in cluster and the nodes should be communicating over SSL. The above SG-SSL config only turn on SSL for node(transport) but leave REST (HTTP) un-encrypted. This is because I have my ES nodes bind HTTP (9200) to localhost, you have to be able to login to my ES nodes to access the REST port.

NOTE

ES 2.0 and newer has the JDK security policy manager on by default. This will prevent SG-SSL from reading your truststore and certs if it is not located in ES config directory tree.

You will need to provide your own security policy file to give ES read permission to these files.

Here is how to do that:.

First is that you must tell the JDK you want to use your security policy mapping.


export JAVA_OPTS="-Djava.security.policy=/export/apps/my-elk-instance/var/java.policy $JAVA_OPTS"

$ cat /export/apps/my-elk-instance/var/java.policy
/* this lets ES mess with a folder in a strange place. */
grant {
permission java.io.FilePermission "/export/apps/my-elk-instance/-", "read";
permission java.io.FilePermission "/etc/pki/certs/*", "read";
};

More documentation can be found here: modules-scripting-security

Next post will show you have to get Tribe ES node working with SG-SSL.

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