To secure your Kibana installation in production, consider these high-priority topics to ensure that only authorized users can access Kibana. For more information on Kibana’s security controls, see Configure security.
You should use SSL/TLS encryption to ensure that traffic between browsers and the Kibana server cannot be viewed or tampered with by third parties. See encrypt HTTP client communications for Kibana.
Use Elastic Stack security featuresedit
You can use Elastic Stack security features to control what Elasticsearch data users can access through Kibana.
When security features are enabled, Kibana users have to log in. They must have a role granting Kibana privileges and access to the indices that they will be working with in Kibana.
If a user loads a Kibana dashboard that accesses data in an index that they are not authorized to view, they get an error that indicates the index does not exist.
For more information on granting access to Kibana, see Granting access to Kibana.
Use secure HTTP headersedit
The Kibana server can instruct browsers to enable additional security controls using HTTP headers.
Enable HTTP Strict-Transport-Security.
strictTransportSecurityto ensure that browsers will only attempt to access Kibana with SSL/TLS encryption. This is designed to prevent manipulator-in-the-middle attacks. To configure this with a lifetime of one year in your
This header will block unencrypted connections for the entire domain. If you host more than one web application on the same domain using different ports or paths, all of them will be affected.
disableEmbeddingto ensure that Kibana cannot be embedded in other websites. To configure this in your
Require a Content Security Policyedit
Kibana uses a Content Security Policy (CSP) to prevent the browser from allowing
unsafe scripting, but older browsers will silently ignore this policy. If your
organization does not need to support very old
versions of our supported browsers, we recommend that you enable Kibana’s
strict mode for the CSP. This will block access to Kibana
for any browser that does not enforce even a rudimentary set of CSP
To do this, set
true in your
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