Securing Communication With Elasticsearchedit

To secure the communication between Winlogbeat and Elasticsearch, you can use HTTPS and basic authentication. Here is a sample configuration:

output.elasticsearch:
  username: winlogbeat 
  password: verysecret 
  protocol: https 
  hosts: ["elasticsearch.example.com:9200"] 

The username to use for authenticating to Elasticsearch.

The password to use for authenticating to Elasticsearch.

This setting enables the HTTPS protocol.

The IP and port of the Elasticsearch nodes.

Elasticsearch doesn’t have built-in basic authentication, but you can achieve it either by using a web proxy or by using X-Pack to secure Elasticsearch. For more information, see the X-Pack documentation about securing Elasticsearch, including the topic about Beats and security.

Winlogbeat verifies the validity of the server certificates and only accepts trusted certificates. Creating a correct SSL/TLS infrastructure is outside the scope of this document.

By default Winlogbeat uses the list of trusted certificate authorities from the operating system where Winlogbeat is running. You can configure Winlogbeat to use a specific list of CA certificates instead of the list from the OS. You can also configure it to use client authentication by specifying the certificate and key to use when the server requires the Beat to authenticate. Here is an example configuration:

output.elasticsearch:
  username: winlogbeat
  password: verysecret
  protocol: https
  hosts: ["elasticsearch.example.com:9200"]
  ssl.certificate_authorities: 
    - /etc/pki/my_root_ca.pem
    - /etc/pki/my_other_ca.pem
  ssl.certificate: "/etc/pki/client.pem" 
  ssl.key: "/etc/pki/key.pem" 

The list of CA certificates to trust

The path to the certificate for SSL client authentication

The client certificate key

Note

For any given connection, the SSL/TLS certificates must have a subject that matches the value specified for hosts, or the SSL handshake fails. For example, if you specify hosts: ["foobar:9200"], the certificate MUST include foobar in the subject (CN=foobar) or as a subject alternative name (SAN). Make sure the hostname resolves to the correct IP address. If no DNS is available, then you can associate the IP address with your hostname in /etc/hosts (on Unix) or C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc\hosts (on Windows).