Open Distro for Elasticsearch includes the Security plugin for authentication and access control. This plugin provides features like:

  • Node-to-node encryption
  • Basic authentication
  • Role-based access control
  • Permission sets
  • Index-, document-, and field-level security
  • Audit logging of read and write operations
  • Support for Active Directory, LDAP, Kerberos, and SAML
  • Cross-cluster search
  • Kibana multi-tenancy

The plugin includes demo certificates so that you can get up and running quickly, but you should replace the demo certificates, reconfigure elasticsearch.yml, and change passwords before using Open Distro for Elasticsearch in a production environment.

If you don’t want to use the plugin, see Disable security.