Upgrading Elastic Stack from 2.x to 5.x

Although Wazuh 2.x is compatible with both Elastic Stack 2.x and 5.x, it is recommended that version 5.x will be installed since the Wazuh Kibana plugin is not compatible with Elastic Stack 2.x.

Choose one from the following scenarios:

Continue using Elastic Stack 2.x

In this scenario, the user has to configure Logstash to receive data from Filebeat or directly read alerts generated by the Wazuh manager if a single-host architecture is used feeding Elasticsearch using the Wazuh alerts template:

Configuring Logstash

  1. Download the new Logstash configuration:

    # curl -so /etc/logstash/conf.d/01-wazuh.conf https://raw.githubusercontent.com/wazuh/wazuh/2.1/extensions/logstash/01-wazuh.conf
    # curl -so /etc/logstash/wazuh-elastic2-template.json https://raw.githubusercontent.com/wazuh/wazuh/2.1/extensions/elasticsearch/wazuh-elastic2-template.json
  2. In the output section of the /etc/logstash/conf.d/01-wazuh.conf file, comment the line containing elastic5-template and uncomment the line containing elastic2-template:

    output {
      elasticsearch {
      hosts => ["localhost:9200"]
      index => "wazuh-alerts-%{+YYYY.MM.dd}"
      document_type => "wazuh"
            #      template => "/etc/logstash/wazuh-elastic5-template.json"
                template => "/etc/logstash/wazuh-elastic2-template.json"
                template_name => "wazuh"
                template_overwrite => true
  3. If a single-host architecture is used, where the Wazuh server is installed along with Elastic Stack on the same host, edit the /etc/logstash/conf.d/01-wazuh.conf file commenting the entire input section titled Remote Wazuh server - Filebeat input and uncommenting the entire input section titled Local Wazuh server - JSON file input:

    # Wazuh - Logstash configuration file
    ## Remote Wazuh server - Filebeat input
    #input {
    #beats {
    #      port => 5000
    #      codec => "json_lines"
    #      ssl => true
    #      ssl_certificate => "/etc/logstash/logstash.crt"
    #      ssl_key => "/etc/logstash/logstash.key"
    #  }
    # Local Wazuh server - JSON file input
    input {
        file {
            type => "wazuh-alerts"
            path => "/var/ossec/logs/alerts/alerts.json"
            codec => "json"

The configuration above will setup Logstash to read the Wazuh alerts.json file directly from the local filesystem rather than receive forwarded data from Filebeat.

Configuring Kibana

In order to display the Wazuh alerts data, configure the Kibana index pattern:

  1. Go to the Settings tab and configure a new wildcard:

  2. Set the wazuh-* as an index pattern and choose the timestamp as a time field. Then, click on the create button:

  3. Set this wildcard as default by clicking on the star icon:

  4. Go to the Discover tab in order to visualize the alerts data.

Upgrading from Elastic Stack 2.x to 5.x

Follow these steps to upgrade Elastic Stack to version 5.x:

  1. Stop the Logstash, Elasticsearch and Kibana services:

    # systemctl stop logstash
    # systemctl stop elasticsearch
    # systemctl stop kibana
  2. Remove the old Logstash configuration and template files:

    This step has to be done if the Wazuh server and Elastic Stack are installed on the same system:

    # rm /etc/logstash/conf.d/01-ossec-singlehost.conf
    # rm /etc/logstash/elastic-ossec-template.json
  3. Remove deprecated settings from the Elasticsearch configuration files:

    Removing deprecated settings on Elasticsearch will avoid errors and conflicts after the upgrade. To do this, comment the following lines in the /etc/elasticsearch/elasticsearch.yml configuration file:

    index.number_of_shards: 1
    index.number_of_replicas: 0

    The ES_HEAP_SIZE option is now deprecated and should be removed or commented in the /etc/sysconfig/elasticsearch file:

    # ES_HEAP_SIZE - Set it to half your system RAM memory

    The next step consists on configuring Elasticsearch following the Elastic jvm.options guide.

  4. Install the newest version of Elastic Stack 5.x. Follow the appropriate link below for installation instructions for the desired operating system:

  5. Check the software version of the Elasticsearch components to verify that the update was successful:

  1. For Logstash:

# /usr/share/logstash/bin/logstash -V
logstash 5.2.2
  1. For Elasticsearch:

# /usr/share/elasticsearch/bin/elasticsearch -V
Version: 5.2.2, Build: f9d9b74/2017-02-24T17:26:45.835Z, JVM: 1.8.0_60
  1. For Kibana:

# /usr/share/kibana/bin/kibana -V


Wazuh 2.x uses different indices and templates than Wazuh 1.x. After the upgrade, the previous alerts will not be seen in Kibana. In order to access these alerts, the previous indices have to be reindexed.