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[7.x] Expand beats_system role privileges (#40876) #41232

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Backports the following commits to 7.x:

  • Expand beats_system role privileges (#40876)
Expand beats_system role privileges (#40876)
Traditionally we have [recommended](https://www.elastic.co/guide/en/beats/filebeat/current/monitoring.html) that Beats send their monitoring data to the **production** Elasticsearch cluster. Beats do this by calling the `POST _monitoring/bulk` API. When Security is enabled this API call requires the `cluster:admin/xpack/monitoring/bulk` privilege. The built-in `beats_system` role has this privilege.

[Going forward](elastic/beats#9260), Beats will be able to send their monitoring data directly to the **monitoring** Elasticsearch cluster. Beats will do this by calling the regular `POST _bulk` API. When Security is enabled this API call requires the `indices:data/write/bulk` privilege. Further, the call has to be able to create any indices that don't exist.

This PR expands the built-in `beats_system` role's privileges. Specifically, it adds index-level `write` and `create_index` privileges for `.monitoring-beats-*` indices. 

This will allow Beats users to continue using the `beats_system` role for the new direct monitoring route when Security is enabled.

@ycombinator ycombinator merged commit 750db02 into elastic:7.x Apr 16, 2019

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