Granting Users Access to Filebeat Indices

To enable users to access the indices a Filebeat creates, grant them read and view_index_metadata privileges on the Filebeat indices:

  1. Create a role that has the read and view_index_metadata privileges for the Filebeat indices. You can create roles from the Management > Roles UI in Kibana or through the role API. For example, the following request creates a filebeat_reader role:

    POST _xpack/security/role/filebeat_reader
    {
      "indices": [
        {
          "names": [ "filebeat-*" ], 
          "privileges": ["read","view_index_metadata"]
        }
      ]
    }

    If you use a custom Filebeat index pattern, specify that pattern instead of the default filebeat-* pattern.

  2. Assign your users the reader role so they can access the Filebeat indices:

    1. If you’re using the native realm, you can assign roles with the Management > Users UI in Kibana or through the user API. For example, the following request grants filebeat_user the filebeat_reader role:

      POST /_xpack/security/user/filebeat_user
      {
        "password" : "x-pack-test-password",
        "roles" : [ "filebeat_reader"],
        "full_name" : "Filebeat User"
      }
    2. If you’re using the LDAP, Active Directory, or PKI realms, you assign the roles in the role_mapping.yml configuration file. For example, the following snippet grants Filebeat User the filebeat_reader role:

      filebeat_reader:
        - "cn=Filebeat User,dc=example,dc=com"

      For more information, see Using Role Mapping Files.