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Analytics ‘You do not have permissions to access objects of user=’ and inability to toggle certain flags

splunkceh
Engager

Two symptoms have been happening for some time and none of us know why or how this happened.  The 2 symptoms are the following:

  1. At some point recently our Splunk LDAP admin credentials stopped being able to toggle the certain flags. This happens when I attempt to toggle things like:

 

Disable | Enable Receiving Port 9997 (although we can all toggle receiving port 9998

 

  1. When navigating to Search & Reporting and clicking on Analytics tab we all receive the error “You do not have permissions to access objects of user=(the Splunk account actually logged in(our LDAP accounts))”

 

These are disturbing symptoms and I have been weeks on a support ticket to try to figure this out.  It makes everything suspect because If we do something in the console and permissions are not propagating or we install an app and it doesn’t install properly, then there are bigger problems that propagate because of this.

 

We have already verified that we are in the Splunk AD groups for admin that we set up and also that that group has local admin rights on the server.

 

Fixing these 2 issues and understanding what caused it will go a long way trusting that things are right in our instance again.

 

There is nothing that is very telling in the logs (they are all on Warn level).  

Have any of you heard of these symptoms happening or have experience with this.

What could be happening and what is a good course for hunting down the root cause?

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apietersen
Path Finder

Hi Ashley,

Reply form Splunk Support:

According to the engineering department, the fix will be released in Splunk 8.1.3. Let me know if it worked for you.

Regards

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apietersen
Path Finder

hi  splunkcech,

I have created recently several support tickets that  (in my opinion) could be related to user/use-rules that gave me this impression. But might be also related to our recent migration from 2012 R2 to Windows 2019 server.  No final conclusion to be made. But I never had this kind of issues before while upgrading to a newer version. Although user/user-roles are always a mystery for me. 

So, i can not produce a direct reference to a post earlier. I have the feeling, ie based on the "what is new"  info,  that some (major security changes under the hood) - unknow or unnoticed by me-  and legacy configs of earlier version etc, might be the cause of this.

ie @ v.806 that using the "sendemail" function needs to have explicit the  "admin_all-Object" activated.  What the impact is I really have a no clue, neither for me as admin or our other regular users with standard user-role.

logging in as admin, selecting "Analytics" and receiving the message: "You do not have permissions to access objects of user=admin’ makes me a kind of nervous not sure my instance is working correctly
And leaves me a bit confused and uncertain related to overall user security. Nb. I f you want further info about this or my recent tickets please send me a private note, because I might be wrong altogether. And thanks for your response 🙂

kind regards Ashley Pietersen

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apietersen
Path Finder

Hi,
Same here, I am struggling since version 8.0.5x  / and a migration to w2019 server. I have problems that seems to be related (i Tink) with user & roles and permission. I am now on version 8.0.6 which was mentioned this problem as been addressed/solved, but is still happening ??

kind regards AP

splunkceh
Engager

Thank you for responding to this.  Can you please post a link that references that this is a known issue?  I have not found that.   Also support reps did not seem aware of this when on calls related to this issue.  

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ialvarez_splunk
Splunk Employee
Splunk Employee

I've seen this before, the issue was that there was some configuration in system/local/restmap.conf, Something like this:

admin:server-info]
requireAuthentication = false

[admin:server-info-alias]
requireAuthentication = false

We removed the configuration and it worked.

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apietersen
Path Finder

Thanks ialvarez_splunk,

I will  certainly try an let you know.

As earlier said in my earlier support tickets, yes we migrated to a Windows 2019, last year, as was a Splunk mandatory (before w2012)R2 , I build a fresh test Splunk instance with same Win2019 server, but still have the same issues as our production instance.

let you know

Ashley Pietersen

 

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apietersen
Path Finder

just checked it on our test instance: no restmap.conf file found ?!

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apietersen
Path Finder

update from splunk support:

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I hope you are doing well. I was reviewing the know issues list and I found the issue number SPL-138647, See the link below for more information.

https://docs.splunk.com/Documentation/Splunk/8.1.2/ReleaseNotes/KnownIssues

Let me know if it worked for you.

-=-=-=-=

unfortunately no success yet

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