Error validating LDAP user in Hue

Hive can use LDAP and Kerberos both, if they are enabled on your CDP cluster. By default, Hive uses LDAP to authenticate the Hue service instead of Kerberos. As a result, you may see the following error after logging in to Hue web interface or while trying to access the Hive editor: Bad status: 3 (PLAIN auth failed: Error validating LDAP user).

Additionally, you may not be able to view databases or Hive tables. To resolve this issue, you can enforce the client connections (between Hive and Hue) to use Kerberos instead of LDAP by configuring the value of the hive.server2.authentication property to KERBEROS in the Hue hive-site.xml file.
  1. Log into Cloudera Manager as an Administrator.
  2. Go to Clusters > Hue service > Configuration > Hue Server Advanced Configuration Snippet (Safety Valve) for hive-site.xml.
  3. Click View as XML and add the following lines in the text box:
    Alternatively, you can click + to enable the Editor mode and specify hive.server2.authentication in the Name field and KERBEROS in the Value field.
  4. Click Save Changes.
  5. Restart the Hue service.
The hive.server2.authentication property is appended to the hive/conf/hive-site.xml file. From now on, Hive will use Kerberos to authenticate access requests from the Hive editor within Hue and LDAP when you access Hive using Beeline.