Kubernetes pods are not ready in a Cluster with xpack.security.enabled: true after the pod restart

I have created an elasticsearch in Kubernetes using helm charts(helm version 3) by enabling xpack.security. It was working fine and did not find any issues. Today I have deleted those pods and after that Pods are not online and they keep on crashing. Please find the way to recrate an issue.

kubectl -n elk create secret generic elastic-secret --from-literal=ELASTIC_PASSWORD=elkadmin --from-literal=ELASTIC_USERNAME=elastic

$ cat values-7.6.0.yaml
clusterName: "elasticsearch"
nodeGroup: "master"

# The service that non master groups will try to connect to when joining the cluster
# This should be set to clusterName + "-" + nodeGroup for your master group
masterService: ""

# Elasticsearch roles that will be applied to this nodeGroup
# These will be set as environment variables. E.g. node.master=true
  master: "true"
  ingest: "true"
  data: "true"

replicas: 3
minimumMasterNodes: 2

esMajorVersion: ""

# Allows you to add any config files in /usr/share/elasticsearch/config/
# such as elasticsearch.yml and log4j2.properties
  elasticsearch.yml: |
          node.name: "elasticsearch01"
          cluster.name: "snss-logging-cluster"

          xpack.license.self_generated.type: basic
          xpack.security.enabled: true

#    key:
#      nestedkey: value
#  log4j2.properties: |
#    key = value

# Extra environment variables to append to this nodeGroup
# This will be appended to the current 'env:' key. You can use any of the kubernetes env
# syntax here
           name: elastic-secret
           key: ELASTIC_PASSWORD

           name: elastic-secret
           key: ELASTIC_USERNAME
#    value: the_value_goes_here

# A list of secrets and their paths to mount inside the pod
# This is useful for mounting certificates for security and for mounting
# the X-Pack license
secretMounts: []
#  - name: elastic-certificates
#    secretName: elastic-certificates
#    path: /usr/share/elasticsearch/config/certs

image: "docker.elastic.co/elasticsearch/elasticsearch"
imageTag: "7.6.0"
imagePullPolicy: "IfNotPresent"

podAnnotations: {}
  # iam.amazonaws.com/role: es-cluster

# additionals labels
labels: {}

esJavaOpts: "-Xmx1g -Xms1g"

    cpu: "1000m"
    memory: "2Gi"
    cpu: "1000m"
    memory: "2Gi"

initResources: {}
  # limits:
  #   cpu: "25m"
  #   # memory: "128Mi"
  # requests:
  #   cpu: "25m"
  #   memory: "128Mi"

sidecarResources: {}
  # limits:
  #   cpu: "25m"
  #   # memory: "128Mi"
  # requests:
  #   cpu: "25m"
  #   memory: "128Mi"

networkHost: ""

  accessModes: [ "ReadWriteOnce" ]
      storage: 3Gi

  create: false
  serviceAccountName: ""

  create: false
  name: ""
    privileged: true
      rule: RunAsAny
      rule: RunAsAny
      rule: RunAsAny
      rule: RunAsAny
      - secret
      - configMap
      - persistentVolumeClaim

  enabled: true
  annotations: {}

extraVolumes: ""
  # - name: extras
  #   emptyDir: {}

extraVolumeMounts: ""
  # - name: extras
  #   mountPath: /usr/share/extras
  #   readOnly: true

extraContainers: ""
  # - name: do-something
  #   image: busybox
  #   command: ['do', 'something']

extraInitContainers: ""
  # - name: do-something
  #   image: busybox
  #   command: ['do', 'something']

# This is the PriorityClass settings as defined in
# https://kubernetes.io/docs/concepts/configuration/pod-priority-preemption/#priorityclass
priorityClassName: ""

# By default this will make sure two pods don't end up on the same node
# Changing this to a region would allow you to spread pods across regions
antiAffinityTopologyKey: "kubernetes.io/hostname"

# Hard means that by default pods will only be scheduled if there are enough nodes for them
# and that they will never end up on the same node. Setting this to soft will do this "best effort"
antiAffinity: "hard"

# This is the node affinity settings as defined in
# https://kubernetes.io/docs/concepts/configuration/assign-pod-node/#node-affinity-beta-feature
nodeAffinity: {}

# The default is to deploy all pods serially. By setting this to parallel all pods are started at
# the same time when bootstrapping the cluster
podManagementPolicy: "Parallel"

protocol: http
httpPort: 9200
transportPort: 9300

  labels: {}
  labelsHeadless: {}
  type: ClusterIP
  nodePort: ""
  annotations: {}
  httpPortName: http
  transportPortName: transport
  loadBalancerSourceRanges: []

updateStrategy: RollingUpdate

# This is the max unavailable setting for the pod disruption budget
# The default value of 1 will make sure that kubernetes won't allow more than 1
# of your pods to be unavailable during maintenance
maxUnavailable: 1

  fsGroup: 1000
  runAsUser: 1000

# The following value is deprecated,
# please use the above podSecurityContext.fsGroup instead
fsGroup: ""

    - ALL
  # readOnlyRootFilesystem: true
  runAsNonRoot: true
  runAsUser: 1000

# How long to wait for elasticsearch to stop gracefully
terminationGracePeriod: 120

sysctlVmMaxMapCount: 262144

  failureThreshold: 3
  initialDelaySeconds: 10
  periodSeconds: 10
  successThreshold: 3
  timeoutSeconds: 200

# https://www.elastic.co/guide/en/elasticsearch/reference/current/cluster-health.html#request-params wait_for_status
clusterHealthCheckParams: "wait_for_status=green&timeout=1s"

## Use an alternate scheduler.
## ref: https://kubernetes.io/docs/tasks/administer-cluster/configure-multiple-schedulers/
schedulerName: ""

imagePullSecrets: []
nodeSelector: {}
tolerations: []

# Enabling this will publically expose your Elasticsearch instance.
# Only enable this if you have security enabled on your cluster
  enabled: false
  annotations: {}
    # kubernetes.io/ingress.class: nginx
    # kubernetes.io/tls-acme: "true"
  path: /
    - chart-example.local
  tls: []
  #  - secretName: chart-example-tls
  #    hosts:
  #      - chart-example.local

nameOverride: ""
fullnameOverride: ""

# https://github.com/elastic/helm-charts/issues/63
masterTerminationFix: false

lifecycle: {}
  # preStop:
  #   exec:
  #     command: ["/bin/sh", "-c", "echo Hello from the postStart handler > /usr/share/message"]
  # postStart:
  #   exec:
  #     command:
  #       - bash
  #       - -c
  #       - |
  #         #!/bin/bash
  #         # Add a template to adjust number of shards/replicas
  #         TEMPLATE_NAME=my_template
  #         INDEX_PATTERN="logstash-*"
  #         SHARD_COUNT=8
  #         REPLICA_COUNT=1
  #         ES_URL=http://localhost:9200
  #         while [[ "$(curl -s -o /dev/null -w '%{http_code}\n' $ES_URL)" != "200" ]]; do sleep 1; done
  #         curl -XPUT "$ES_URL/_template/$TEMPLATE_NAME" -H 'Content-Type: application/json' -d'{"index_patterns":['\""$INDEX_PATTERN"\"'],"settings":{"number_of_shards":'$SHARD_COUNT',"number_of_replicas":'$REPLICA_COUNT'}}'

  enabled: true

keystore: []

The command I'm using to create a StatefulSet is
helm -n elk install s2s-logging elastic/elasticsearch --version 7.6.0 -f values-7.6.0.yaml

The Pods are working fine until they restart. Once we restart those Pods then they will never come to online.

Error I'm getting - ERROR: [1] bootstrap checks failed [1]: Transport SSL must be enabled if security is enabled on a [basic] license. Please set [xpack.security.transport.ssl.enabled] to [true] or disable security by setting [xpack.security.enabled] to [false] ERROR: Elasticsearch did not exit normally - check the logs at /usr/share/elasticsearch/logs/s2s-logging-cluster.log

Please help me.

I have made only changes in the sections "esConfig" and "extraEnvs" on the file values.yaml.

Hi @ratnakar,
When running a cluster with security enabled, Elasticsearch required that transport TLS should also be enabled.

In this case it seems that the bug is when Elasticsearch is starting the first time, not when it doesn't start the second time. https://github.com/elastic/elasticsearch/issues/48912 is tracking this issue on Elasticsearch side.

As for your cluster, you can enable transport mode by adding the following configuration:

You can find instructions here to create certificates and add them to a k8s secret:

Then you can mount this secret using a secretMount:


Thank You so much for your reply. I'm not using HTTPS to access it, so I have added only the below lines in the file elasticsearch.yml and did not include xpack.security.http.ssl.enabled

    xpack.security.transport.ssl.enabled: true
    xpack.license.self_generated.type: basic
    xpack.security.enabled: true
    xpack.security.transport.ssl.verification_mode: certificate
    xpack.security.transport.ssl.keystore.path: /usr/share/elasticsearch/config/certs/staging-elastic-certificates.p12
    xpack.security.transport.ssl.truststore.path: /usr/share/elasticsearch/config/certs/staging-elastic-certificates.p12
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