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Configuring the Internal Users Database
Hint: You can also use the Kibana Confguration GUI for configuring the Internal Users Database.
Search Guard ships with an internal user database. You can use this user database if you do not have any external authentication system like LDAP or Active Directory in place. Users, their hashed passwords and roles are stored in the internal Search Guard configuration index on your cluster.
Internal users are configured in
sg_internal_users.yml. You can find a template in
<ES installation directory>/plugins/search-guard-7/sgconfig/sg_internal_users.yml
_sg_meta: type: "internalusers" config_version: 2 <username>: hash: <hashed password> search_guard_roles: - <rolename> - <rolename> backend_roles: - <backend rolename> - <backend rolename> attributes: key: value key: value description: <String>
|username||The name of the user. Can be used to map the user to Search Guard roles.|
|password||The BCrypt hash of the user’s password.|
|search_guard_roles||The Search Guard roles. this user is assigned to.|
|backend_roles||The backend roles of the user. Backend roles can be used to group users and them map the groups to Search Guard roles. This provides morre flexibility than using Search Guard roles directly, but introduces a level on indirection.|
|attributes||Any additional attributes of the user. Can be used for variable substitution in index names and DLS queries|
|description||A description of the user. Optional.|
_sg_meta: type: "internalusers" config_version: 2 hr_employee: hash: $2a$12$7QIoVBGdO41qSCNoecU3L.yyXb9vGrCvEtVlpnC4oWLt/q0AsAN52 search_guard_role: - SGS_LOGSTASH backend_roles: - kibanauser - humanresources_department attributes: manager: "layne.burton" description: "A user from the HR department" finance_employee: - hash: ... ...
Generating hashed passwords
The password is a BCrypt hash of the cleartext password. You can use the
hash.sh script that is shipped with Search Guard to generate them:
plugins/search-guard-7/tools/hash.sh -p mycleartextpassword
You can also use any offline or online tool that is able to produce BCrypt hashes, like the
Activating the internal user database
In order to use the internal user database for authentication, set the
internal. For example, if you want to use HTTP Basic Authentication and the internal user database, the configuration looks like:
basic_internal_auth_domain: http_enabled: true order: 1 http_authenticator: type: basic challenge: true authentication_backend: type: internal
You can also use the internal user database for authorization only. This is useful when your primary way of authentication does not provide any role information.
For example, you can use LDAP or JWT for authentication, and the internal user database for authorization/assigning roles.
Search Guard will use the name of the authenticated user to look up the corresponding entry in the internal user database. If found, the configures roles will be assigned as backend roles to this user.
If you use the internal user database for authorization only, there is no need to set a password hash. The entries are solely used for assigning backend roles.
authz: internal_authorization: http_enabled: true authorization_backend: type: internal