Monitoring Amazon Elasticsearch Service configuration API activity - Amazon Elasticsearch Service

Monitoring Amazon Elasticsearch Service configuration API activity

Amazon Elasticsearch Service (Amazon ES) integrates with AWS CloudTrail, a service that provides a record of actions taken by a user, role, or an AWS service in Amazon ES. CloudTrail captures all configuration API calls for Amazon ES as events.


CloudTrail only captures calls to the configuration API, such as CreateElasticsearchDomain and GetUpgradeStatus. CloudTrail doesn't capture calls to the Elasticsearch APIs, such as _search and _bulk. For these calls, see Managing audit logs in Amazon Elasticsearch Service.

The captured calls include calls from the Amazon ES console, AWS CLI, or an AWS SDK. If you create a trail, you can enable continuous delivery of CloudTrail events to an Amazon S3 bucket, including events for Amazon ES. If you don't configure a trail, you can still view the most recent events on the CloudTrail console in Event history. Using the information collected by CloudTrail, you can determine the request that was made to Amazon ES, the IP address from which the request was made, who made the request, when it was made, and additional details.

To learn more about CloudTrail, see the AWS CloudTrail User Guide.

Amazon Elasticsearch Service information in CloudTrail

CloudTrail is enabled on your AWS account when you create the account. When activity occurs in Amazon ES, that activity is recorded in a CloudTrail event along with other AWS service events in Event history. You can view, search, and download recent events in your AWS account. For more information, see Viewing Events with CloudTrail Event History.

For an ongoing record of events in your AWS account, including events for Amazon ES, create a trail. A trail enables CloudTrail to deliver log files to an Amazon S3 bucket. By default, when you create a trail in the console, the trail applies to all AWS Regions. The trail logs events from all Regions in the AWS partition and delivers the log files to the Amazon S3 bucket that you specify. Additionally, you can configure other AWS services to further analyze and act upon the event data collected in CloudTrail logs. For more information, see the following:

All Amazon ES configuration API actions are logged by CloudTrail and are documented in the Configuration API reference for Amazon Elasticsearch Service.

Every event or log entry contains information about who generated the request. The identity information helps you determine the following:

  • Whether the request was made with root or AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) user credentials

  • Whether the request was made with temporary security credentials for a role or federated user

  • Whether the request was made by another AWS service

For more information, see the CloudTrail userIdentity Element.

Understanding Amazon Elasticsearch Service log file entries

A trail is a configuration that enables delivery of events as log files to an Amazon S3 bucket that you specify. CloudTrail log files contain one or more log entries. An event represents a single request from any source and includes information about the requested action, the date and time of the action, request parameters, and so on. CloudTrail log files aren't an ordered stack trace of the public API calls, so they don't appear in any specific order.

The following example shows a CloudTrail log entry that demonstrates the CreateElasticsearchDomain operation:

{ "eventVersion": "1.05", "userIdentity": { "type": "IAMUser", "principalId": "AIDACKCEVSQ6C2EXAMPLE", "arn": "arn:aws:iam::123456789012:user/test-user", "accountId": "123456789012", "accessKeyId": "access-key", "userName": "test-user", "sessionContext": { "attributes": { "mfaAuthenticated": "false", "creationDate": "2018-08-21T21:59:11Z" } }, "invokedBy": "" }, "eventTime": "2018-08-21T22:00:05Z", "eventSource": "", "eventName": "CreateElasticsearchDomain", "awsRegion": "us-west-1", "sourceIPAddress": "", "userAgent": "", "requestParameters": { "elasticsearchVersion": "6.3", "elasticsearchClusterConfig": { "instanceType": "m4.large.elasticsearch", "instanceCount": 1 }, "snapshotOptions": { "automatedSnapshotStartHour": 0 }, "domainName": "test-domain", "encryptionAtRestOptions": {}, "eBSOptions": { "eBSEnabled": true, "volumeSize": 10, "volumeType": "gp2" }, "accessPolicies": "{\"Version\":\"2012-10-17\",\"Statement\":[{\"Effect\":\"Allow\",\"Principal\":{\"AWS\":[\"123456789012\"]},\"Action\":[\"es:*\"],\"Resource\":\"arn:aws:es:us-west-1:123456789012:domain/test-domain/*\"}]}", "advancedOptions": { "rest.action.multi.allow_explicit_index": "true" } }, "responseElements": { "domainStatus": { "created": true, "elasticsearchClusterConfig": { "zoneAwarenessEnabled": false, "instanceType": "m4.large.elasticsearch", "dedicatedMasterEnabled": false, "instanceCount": 1 }, "cognitoOptions": { "enabled": false }, "encryptionAtRestOptions": { "enabled": false }, "advancedOptions": { "rest.action.multi.allow_explicit_index": "true" }, "upgradeProcessing": false, "snapshotOptions": { "automatedSnapshotStartHour": 0 }, "eBSOptions": { "eBSEnabled": true, "volumeSize": 10, "volumeType": "gp2" }, "elasticsearchVersion": "6.3", "processing": true, "aRN": "arn:aws:es:us-west-1:123456789012:domain/test-domain", "domainId": "123456789012/test-domain", "deleted": false, "domainName": "test-domain", "accessPolicies": "{\"Version\":\"2012-10-17\",\"Statement\":[{\"Effect\":\"Allow\",\"Principal\":{\"AWS\":\"arn:aws:iam::123456789012:root\"},\"Action\":\"es:*\",\"Resource\":\"arn:aws:es:us-west-1:123456789012:domain/test-domain/*\"}]}" } }, "requestID": "12345678-1234-1234-1234-987654321098", "eventID": "87654321-4321-4321-4321-987654321098", "eventType": "AwsApiCall", "recipientAccountId": "123456789012" }