Planet Jabber News

April 10, 2022

Maxime Buquet

Updates from the Poezio ecosystem

Releases have happened recently that revolve around Poezio, a TUI (Terminal UI) client for XMPP, including Poezio itself, its backend XMPP library Slixmpp, and also the poezio and slixmpp plugins for OMEMO.

Many bug fixes and improvements

Poezio example screenshot 2 Poezio example screenshot 1 Examples of screenshots. Thanks jonas’ for the blue theme!

Mathieui has already made a proper release note for Slixmpp and I invite you to read it! It includes many bugfixes of course, and internal changes around async handling, that may reflect on some of the APIs you are using.

Poezio has also seen many improvements.

Internally, for one, our default branch has also been moved to “main”, many type hints have been added, implicit casts (safeJID) have been removed, lots of event handlers and calls are now async, APIs from Slixmpp are being used instead of redoing our own, many refactoring, various performance improvements.

Pypy3 support was removed because it was causing many users to use the cffi module specifically implemented for pypy3 instead of the more performant C implementation. For those who are running from sources and not using the update script, don’t forget to run make to build the C module.

A license change has happened, and Poezio is now under GPLv3+! While I am not exactly in favour of intellectual property1, this is a straightforward lever we have against capitalism2. Poezio being a prime resource for Slixmpp examples, GPL code should reasonably ensure that the 4 freedoms reach end-users. In practice, this should allow for poezio-omemo to be merged into Poezio. I am now personally hoping for Slixmpp to change its license as well.

And other changes more visible to users! To name a few, quality of life improvements such as xmpp:...?join URIs handling in /join, impromptu rooms creation is now more reliable and creates rooms with shorter names, and tab names in the activity bar can be colored using Consistent Color Generation by setting autocolor_tab_names to True. Read more in the changelog.

Poezio colored tab numbers The tab name color on top can also be reversed (foreground/background) in the theme to look the same as the activity bar below.

Plugins have seen changes as well. A new untrackme plugin replaces the now deprecated remove_get_trackers. Link Mauve has also developed a sticker plugin (to send them), similar in essence to what Movim has been doing for ages. Rich presence (activity, gaming, mood and user tune) has been removed from Poezio core and moved in the user_extras plugin. And again many fixes.

Poezio sticker plugin in action!

Many of these fixes have been realized by mathieui, who is by far the biggest committer on the release, and in general probably the person with the best understanding of the project. Thanks also to louiz for providing the infrastructure all this time, and to eijebong, Ge0rG, Kaghav Gururajan, kaliko, Thomas Hrnciar, jonas’, and southerntofu for the many patches.

Archiving

Archive handling (MAM) was already in the previous release, but has been reworked and should now be more reliable.

When opening a tab, Poezio will fetch 2 screen pages worth of messages if it has no logs for this tab. Archives are automatically stored locally if configured (default), in which case they won’t be re-downloaded but read from the local copy directly the next time they’re requested.

To read older chat messages in a tab, just scroll up with PageUp and Poezio will fetch more automatically if it needs to.

This is configurable with options that have been introduced such as mam_sync or mam_sync_limit to enable/disable the use of MAM and how many messages to fetch at most. And use_log also configures the fact that archives are stored locally.

Some work around storing message IDs – that our log format doesn’t do – will be needed in the future to allow for easier message deduplication.

End-to-End Encryption

The Poezio E2EEPlugin API has been improved to accommodate changes in poezio-omemo, slixmpp-omemo and changes of the OMEMO backend library. Two plugins which are also seeing changes!

Heartbeats are now supported. Heartbeats are meta-messages which transfer only cryptographic key material (nothing else) and are used to strengthen OMEMO’s forward secrecy. This is particularly relevant on clients like Poezio that can stay running in the back for some time, receiving messages without replying.

Some other changes include colored fingerprints using the Consistent Color Generation document – such as specified in the current (0.8) OMEMO spec – and sending encrypted media (aesgcm URIs).

What hasn’t changed is that this plugin lacks a UI and trust management. Hopefully this should come soon, with a little motivation to do UI work.

What comes next

All in all, there aren’t (m)any revolutionary changes, but with these releases come many fixes for paper cuts that hopefully make users happier. This makes me think that even though Poezio is far from being perfect, there doesn’t seem to be many important things missing.

There are however changes that would require a lot of refactoring, such as a multi-account feature, or easier maintenance in general.

We have decided to start migrating Poezio to Rust, in part to be able to refactor the project more easily, and also because it’s a language we’ve come to appreciate over the years with experience in other projects, and more specifically with xmpp-rs, an XMPP library in Rust.

All of this will happen right after the release, and we invite interested people to join the effort!

P.S.: I am looking for poezio screenshots with various setups to display in public places, under a free license. Please send me your screenshots in relatively high quality at blog at bouah.net. And don’t forget to ask pixels appearing on the image for permission!


  1. TODO: write about this. A TL;DR would certainly be “abolish intellectual property, and private property in general”. ↩︎

  2. When they don’t decide to ignore it and give us the finger. ↩︎

by pep. (blog@bouah.net) at April 10, 2022 11:00

September 25, 2020

Jabber.org Notices

Migration Update

This morning's migration of the conference.jabber.org groupchat service was a success. We are now planning the migration of end-user accounts and we will post again when we are ready to complete that task.

September 25, 2020 00:00

September 22, 2020

Jabber.org Notices

Groupchat Migration

This Friday, 2020-09-25, starting around 14:30 UTC, your admin team plans to migrate the conference.jabber.org groupchat service to a new machine and server software. If all goes well the downtime will be limited to ~30 minutes or less. Please note that this will not affect one-to-one chats, only groupchat rooms. Thanks for your patience.

September 22, 2020 00:00

August 11, 2020

Jabber.org Notices

Back in Business

Quick update: we're back online!

August 11, 2020 00:00

Data Center Outage

Because of a major Internet outage caused by severe weather in the midwestern U.S., the data center that hosts the Jabber.org messaging service is currently offline. We'll post further details as soon as possible.

August 11, 2020 00:00

May 27, 2020

Jabber.org Notices

Server Software Migration

After many fine years of running Isode's M-Link server software, the jabber.org admin team is currently working to migrate to the open-source Prosody server. Although we will strive to make this transition as seamless as possible, performance might suffer temporarily as we run migration scripts and the like. We apologize for any inconvenience.

May 27, 2020 00:00

January 31, 2020

yaxim

yaxim 0.9.9 - FOSDEM Edition

We are proud to present to you yaxim version 0.9.9 “FOSDEM 2020 Edition”. Many things have changed under the hood (reliable messaging with MAM and Push, new UI with runtime permissions), and some exciting new features like even easier onboarding, service browsing and Matrix support. Taken together, yaxim now fulfills the Core IM and the Advanced Mobile profiles of the XMPP Compliance Suite 2020.

yaxim 0.9.9 screenshot

Material Design

Starting with this version, yaxim follows Google’s “Material Design” style. To comply with last year’s strictened Google Play publishing requirements, we had to replace the deprecated ActionBarSherlock library with Google’s own appcompat, which provides the Material style.

This also means that yaxim now requires at least an Android 4.0 device. As 4.0 was released in 2011, this only affects a single-digit number of devices. Users with a ten years old phone need to stay with older yaxim versions, which run on Android 2.3+.

Furthermore, on Android 6+ devices, the user will be asked to grant permission at the moment when they are actually needed (i.e. when sharing a file or taking a photo).

runtime permissions screenshot

On Android 8+, the new notification channels are used by yaxim. A new channel will be created for each contact with a custom ringtone. Once you receive a message from such a contact, you need to use the Android notification settings to change the ringtone, though.

Even Easier Easy Onboarding

yaxim 0.9 introduced Easy XMPP, using the purely client-side XEP-0379: Pre-Authenticated Roster Subscription, which required a server with active In-Band Registration.

The new XEP-0401: Easy User Onboarding allows you to invite new users to your server without being abused by spammers.

Here, you can see a poezio user on a prosody server creating an invitation that is used by yaxim to register and auto-add the inviter:

The invitation page in the example is making use of Google Play Install Referrers to let the newly installed yaxim know the inviter’s address, which has a privacy impact, and therefore is not rolled out to the official landing page yet.

Chat Rooms

There is a new view of your (bookmarked) rooms and a browser of public rooms powered by search.jabber.network.

room search screenshot

Your nickname (“display name”) is now synchronized to the server using XEP-0172: User Nickname, and you can change it in the account settings.

Service Discovery and Matrix Support

The room browser can also be used to discover services by entering a valid XMPP address into the search field:

prosody.im search screenshot

prosody.im browser screenshot

prosody.im rooms screenshot

This is not limited to servers and rooms, you can also search for users, chat with them and add them to your contact list:

ge0rg search screenshot

While initially introduced as an April Fools’ Day joke, Matrix support (using the Bifröst bridge is now actually integrated into yaxim, using the official bridge on matrix.org, which has also been made ready for FOSDEM 2020.

Reliable Messaging

For users who are using yaxim in parallel to another client, the new support for XEP-0313: Message Archive Management (MAM) is good news. When connecting to the server, yaxim will now activate MAM and request all messages since the last synchronization. This will ensure that yaxim receives all messages which already were delivered to the other client.

Furthermore, when installed on devices with Google Play Services, yaxim will register for XEP-0357: Push Notifications via the push.yax.im server. This will ensure that the app is woken up from deep sleep or launched when somebody sends you a new message.

These important changes are also reflected in the app privacy policy.

Under the Hood Changes

The internal chat message database has been optimized by adding database indexes for all frequent operations, making yaxim much faster at loading chat windows with long histories.

Furthermore, yaxim was upgraded from the ancient Smack 3 to the Smack 4.3.x XMPP library.

Road to 1.0

This release brings significant changes, and we had hoped to be able to finalize even more to make a glamorous and exciting 1.0 release for the 10 years anniversary. However, the current code base brings some major improvements for reliability and usability and we did not want to hold them back even further.

More work is needed on the contacts view, to allow sorting by conversation age and to quickly search your contacts. Furthermore, the creation of rooms and inviting your friends into them need to be integrated.

MAM was long overdue, and for now only your private messages are queried for. Room history is still obtained using the legacy mechanism, meaning that sometimes, you might miss out on parts of room history.

The embedded image view does not have proper caching, and it will attempt to load any attachment, regardless its size and whether it can be displayed in yaxim. This needs to be restructured in a way that limits downloads to actual image files of a certain maximum size.

January 31, 2020 16:04

October 03, 2019

Maxime Buquet

Sprint in the cold north

Another episode of the XMPP sprints series happened this weekend close to Stockholm in the Nacka prefecture, in a house we rented. Significant improvements to the sprint infra this time are sauna and crêpes!

We worked together on improving a new groupchat bookmarks specification, file transfer interoperability issues, and a future landing page for new XMPP users! As usual, every developer meetup comes up with its share of bug fixes, new ideas, and improvements.

Stockholm scenery

Groupchat Bookmarks (Bookmarks 2)

Last year, Dave Cridland and JC Brand submitted a new specification titled “Bookmarks 2 (This time it’s Serious)”. This XEP didn’t get much attention in the community until this weekend.

As mentioned in a previous article, there are multiple specifications for bookmarks in XMPP, one using the Private XML storage, and another one using PEP as storage. Not so long after the Cambridge sprint last year, Daniel submitted a conversion XEP to facilitate client behaviour and thus user experience.

This new specification also uses PEP as storage but it brings a few improvements to the table. It splits updates to the bookmark storage into per entry operations instead of updating the whole storage at once. This allows for finer grained handling in clients and prevents some race conditions.

The XEP came up with its share of challenges that some of us attempted to fix in a pull request that has been submitted and is now awaiting feedback from the authors.

Bookmarks 2 is now implemented in at least 5 clients, (Conversations, Dino, Gajim, Movim, Renga, and some initial work in poezio), but will not be used as long as the feature is not advertised by the server. A new prosody module is also available for adventurous services operators.

Bookmarks synchronisation

New landing page

Roel and I worked on an idea that came up at the UX sprint in Brussels in January to have a landing page for new users. This page would recommend a specific server depending on different factors that would be gathered automatically for the most part (if not all). This is more or less similar to other portals like joinmastodon, or nextcloud sign-up process.

Building up the website isn’t the hardest part. What is hard is finding ways to convey to the user what “federation” or “public network” mean. Roel teaches in Interaction Design and was a great help over the weekend. We came up with a narrative for the project and a sketch for a sign-in flow.

The project is far from being over, this is only the tip of the iceberg. Lots of work needs to be done with the “stakeholders”, that is mainly users and server operators.

To know what server to recommend to users we first need to get a list of servers we are confident about and willing to recommend. This would mandate discussing the issue with server operators to get feedback on a required “feature set” and policies. All this would then be fed into usability testing sessions for users to validate all of it. After that, we would need lots of promotion around it and that’s also going to take a significant amount of effort.

While I am excited about all this I don’t think diving in head first is a good strategy and I would rather take it slow.

And more

Pulkomando has been working on implementing IBR support in Renga, and reported with Link Mauve issues about server implementations that weren’t respecting the specification. The issue in prosody has been fixed and one has been opened for ejabberd.

Larma tackled issues with bot bridging where users of bridged networks are displayed as talking through the bot. This happens for example with matterbridge. This could be improved UI-wise but requires some groundwork and spawned discussions about the groupchat protocol in some specific cases.

Fiaxh spent some time improving the empty placeholder for no opened conversations in Dino. Here is a preview:

Dino no-conversations placeholder screen

Other people worked on Jingle File Transfer interoperability. They narrowed down the cause of a somewhat old issue in gajim, discovered an issue with the epoll backend in prosody, and another in dino.

You can contribute too!

I would like to take this opportunity to remind you that you can also contribute to sprints! If you are a developer, a translator, working on documentation, or in any other way contributing to an XMPP implementation, we encourage you to find 2-3 other people close to you and organize a sprint!

TODO: come up with a platform to show interest close to you.

The XMPP Standards Foundation (specifically the SCAM team) will be happy to help you get it all sorted, and also provide some budget for your event if necessary. Please do contact us!

by pep. (blog@bouah.net) at October 03, 2019 08:01

April 01, 2019

yaxim

yaxim Enters the Matrix

yaxim enters the Matrix

Starting today, yaxim is switching its protocol foundation from the deprecated exchange of clumsy and inefficient XML streams to the modern and elegant combination of HTTP and JSON/REST, the Matrix protocol.

Protocol History and Comparison

The XMPP protocol celebrated its 20th birthday early this year. The Matrix followed two months later and is currently in the middle of its own celebration. Some fifteen years later, a small company decided to use the strong brand value of the Matrix name to reinvent XMPP with a modern facade.

Evil voices claim that MATRIX stands for Monolithic, Awefully Trendy Re-Implementation of XMPP, and there is some truth to this, if we compare the words of the respective founding fathers:

Jabber is a new project I recently started to create a complete open-source platform for Instant Messaging with transparent communication to other IM systems(ICQ, AIM, etc).

I think they missed the bit where Matrix is called Matrix because it bridges (matrixes) the existing networks (Slack, IRC, Telegram, Discord, XMPP, etc) in, rather than needing to convince everyone to join.

However, the Matrix protocol has outgrown Vector Ltd, there is a version 1.0 0.4 specification, and even a Matrix.org Foundation.

This is much superior to XMPP, which is based on some arcane specifications maintained by a bunch of grey beards, plus a separate organisation for protocol extensions. In addition, Matrix supports working over 100 bits per second connections, while XMPP only gives you 75 bps.

The monolithic protocol is another huge advantage compared to many hundreds of optional extensions, and the rumors of Matrix fragmentation are a blatant lie.

Enter the Matrix

Therefore, the yaxim developers have decided to take the blue pill, to move forward, and to use the better and more modern and mobile friendly polling based HTTP scheme. Starting with the current beta release, you can enter Matrix chat rooms and talk to users on the Matrix.

The legacy XMPP protocol is remaining in the release for now, but will be removed in the near future to reduce the bloat of yaxim. You will be able to migrate your contacts to your new Matrix account by using the Bifröst bridge.

In parallel, we are working on switching yax.im from prosody to Synapse. The data transition is already completed, and we are only waiting for the data center provider to add 512GB of RAM to the machine before we can switch over.

April 01, 2019 11:21

December 17, 2014

ejabberd

ejabberd 14.12

We're pleased to announce the last release of ejabberd for 2014! Thanks to contributors, this release includes great improvements and opens road to 2015.

ejabberd Community 14.12 includes many bugfixes, and a few new features:

  • New module mod_client_state implements XEP-0352: Client State Indication
  • New module mod_fail2ban to ban IPs that show malicious signs
  • New option store_empty_body in mod_offline

read more

by mfoss at December 17, 2014 14:36

May 13, 2014

ejabberd

ejabberd 14.05

Full announcement: ejabberd Community 14.05: the culmination of a year of change

ejabberd Community 14.05 has great new features, several improvements and many bugfixes over the previous 13.12 release:

ejabberd now includes support for:
- XEP-0198: Stream Management (EJAB-532)

read more

by mfoss at May 13, 2014 14:36

April 08, 2014

Jabber.org Notices

OpenSSL Upgrade

In response to the Heartbleed bug, upgraded the version of OpenSSL used at jabber.org to help prevent information leakage.

April 08, 2014 00:00

March 19, 2014

Jabber.org Notices

Cipher Suite Upgrades for Improved Security

In order to improve the security of your connections to the jabber.org IM service, we have upgraded the list of cipher suites that we support for Transport Layer Security (TLS). Specifically, we have removed a number of weak cipher suites that provide low levels of protection. As a result of these changes, it is possible that some client software will not able to connect (e.g., very old clients, and software exported to certain countries). Please post to the juser@jabber.org discussion list if you experience difficulties.

March 19, 2014 00:00

February 06, 2014

Jabber.org Notices

Distributed Denial of Service Attacks

The jabber.org IM service has been under attack over the last several days. As a result, your connectivity might be intermittent and message delivery might be slow. In addition, we have temporarily blocked communication with a number of other XMPP servers on the Internet to protect the jabber.org server. Please see our post at http://mail.jabber.org/pipermail/juser/2014-February/007048.html for further details.

February 06, 2014 00:00

January 03, 2014

Jabber.org Notices

First Encryption Test Day

On January 4, we will perform a test of requiring encrypted connections to other XMPP services on the Internet. During this test, it is possible that you will not be able to chat with friends at other domains, including Google Talk. Please visit http://www.jabber.org/security.html for details.

January 03, 2014 00:00

December 18, 2013

Jabber.org Notices

Security Plan

We are planning a series of security improvements, including mandated encryption of client connections. Please visit http://www.jabber.org/security.html for details.

December 18, 2013 00:00

December 16, 2013

ejabberd

ejabberd 13.12

We are pleased to announce a new stable release of ejabberd, ejabberd Community 13.12.

It has several bugfixes over the previous 13.10 release, and a few new features:

  • New OpenSSL ciphers option in c2s, s2s and s2s_out
  • mod_roster: new access rule to restrict roster modificartion
  • mod_pubsub: support for data migration from mnesia to odbc
  • ejabberd_xmlrpc included

As usual, the release is tagged in the Git source code repository on github

read more

by mfoss at December 16, 2013 16:32

October 09, 2013

ejabberd

ejabberd 13.10

We are pleased to announce a new stable release of ejabberd, ejabberd Community 13.10.

It has some changes, several improvements and many bugfixes over the previous (not officially announced) 13.06. It is also the first official stable release of ejabberd Community after ejabberd 2.1.13. You are now pleased to use ejabberd community as reference for stable releases of ejabberd, from the master branch. ejabberd 2.1.x support is discontinued.

The most noticeable changes since 13.03-beta and 13.06 are:

read more

by mfoss at October 09, 2013 20:44

September 24, 2013

Jabber.org Notices

Where We Stand

We seem to be over the worst of the upgrade issues now. Reliability appears better than before, we are supporting nearly twice as many concurrent users, and many new features have been added. Please let us know if you notice any odd behaviors, and thanks for bearing with us.

September 24, 2013 00:00

August 20, 2013

Jabber.org Notices

Migration Complete

The server migration was completed earlier today. Expect some residual instability as we iron out various wrinkles. Many thanks to the Isode team for all their hard work on the upgrade! And thanks to the users of jabber.org for your patience. :-)

August 20, 2013 00:00

August 18, 2013

Jabber.org Notices

Server Migration

On Tuesday, August 20, the jabber.org IM service will be migrated to a new server machine, generously donated by Isode. If all goes well, we will have a few hours of downtime. If not all goes well, we will most likely revert to the current machine and attempt the migration on another day. Please follow us on Identi.ca or Twitter for real-time updates.

August 18, 2013 00:00

July 03, 2013

ejabberd

ejabberd 2.1.13 and 13.06

We are pleased to announce the bugfix release ejabberd 2.1.13.
It includes a few bugfixes over 2.1.12:

  • Compilation: Detect correctly newer Darwin versions (EJAB-1594)
  • Guide: ejabberd_service expects a shaper_rule, not a shaper
  • MUC: Handle multiple < and > in mod_muc_log plaintext mode (EJAB-1640)
  • MUC: Handle ~ control sequence in text of mod_muc_log (EJAB-1639)
  • MUC: list_to_integer/2 only works in OTP R14 and newer
  • Pubsub: access_createnode acl also applies to auto created nodes
  • Web: Normalize HTTP path

read more

by mfoss at July 03, 2013 08:49

June 25, 2013

Jabber.org Notices

IPv6 Restored

IPv6 support was restored today around 07:00 local time (U.S. Central Time).

June 25, 2013 00:00

Account Registration Disabled Temporarily

We have temporarily disabled account registration at the jabber.org IM service while we migrate the account database to a new machine. We will enable the web registration form again as soon as possible! In the meantime, you can create an account at any other public XMPP service.

June 25, 2013 00:00

June 24, 2013

Jabber.org Notices

IPv6 Outage

Our hosting provider is experiencing an outage with IPv6 support. No ETA for a fix. We'll post again when we know more.

June 24, 2013 00:00

March 05, 2013

Jabber.org Notices

Corrected Security Certificate

The security certificate that we installed in December used a SHA-256 fingerprint, which theoretically is more secure but which some existing software can't handle yet. Therefore we have installed a corrected certificate using a SHA-1 fingerprint. If you've been receiving a certificate warning for the last few months, you shouldn't receive those anymore.

March 05, 2013 00:00

February 26, 2013

Jack Moffitt

Digital Audio and Sampling Explained

Xiph.org has just posted the second in its series of videos on digital media concepts and techniques. It’s packed with information and demonstrations, and you’re sure to learn a huge amount. As an added bonus, it’s hosted by Monty, the creator of Ogg Vorbis (and many other amazing things). You couldn’t ask for a more qualified teacher.

Watch below, or on Xiph.org.

There is also a detailed write up.

by Jack Moffitt (jack@metajack.im) at February 26, 2013 00:00

January 15, 2013

Jabber.org Notices

Non-ASCII Characters Disallowed in New Accounts

In response to several recent instances of abuse, we have disallowed non-ASCII characters in new accounts registered at the jabber.org IM service. This policy does not apply to existing accounts.

January 15, 2013 00:00

October 09, 2012

Jabber.org Notices

Registration Re-Opened

We have re-opened account registration at https://register.jabber.org/

October 09, 2012 00:00

September 25, 2012

Jabber.org Notices

Updated Service Policy

Version 1.1 of the jabber.org service policy is now in effect.

September 25, 2012 00:00

August 22, 2012

Jabber.org Notices

Disabled Accounts

Recently the jabber.org IM service has been the victim of massive and repeated denial of service attacks. The admin team strongly suspects that these attacks are related to the widespread and abusive use of jabber.org accounts by "customers" of KBot, a program for cheating at the DarkOrbit game. Even if the DoS attacks prove to be unrelated to KBot, the admin team has decided that use of jabber.org to communicate with KBot violates the jabber.org service policy. Although we are in the process of updating the service policy to more clearly define how this kind of usage is abusive, the dire nature of the current threat has forced us to take more immediate action. Therefore, we are disabling the accounts of every jabber.org user who communicates with KBot, and we have disabled new account registration to prevent further communication between jabber.org users and KBot. We do not take this step lightly, but given the current circumstances we have no other choice.

August 22, 2012 00:00

Account Registration Disabled

As part of our defensive measures against repeated DoS attacks, we have disabled new account registration until further notice.

August 22, 2012 00:00

August 21, 2012

Jabber.org Notices

Another Denial of Service

The previous DDoS attack has started again. As before, fallback measures are in place, but if your IM client doesn't handle DNS SRV records correctly then you might not be able to connect.

August 21, 2012 00:00

August 20, 2012

Jabber.org Notices

Proposed Changes to the Service Policy

We have posted proposed changes to the policy that governs use of the jabber.org IM service. Details, links, and instructions for providing feedback can be found in our post to the juser@jabber.org email list, see http://mail.jabber.org/pipermail/juser/2012-August/006869.html.

August 20, 2012 00:00

August 15, 2012

Jabber.org Notices

Service Restored

We were able to completely restore service today. However, it is quite possible that the denial of service attack could be launched again at any time. If you were unable to connect during the outage, we recommend that you consider using a different IM client or reporting a bug to the developers of the IM client you use, since standard DNS fallback and XMPP reconnection methods should have been sufficient to keep you online after the first few hours of the attack.

August 15, 2012 00:00

August 12, 2012

Jabber.org Notices

Denial of Service

Today we have experienced a distributed denial of service attack against the jabber.org IM service. Although the web server and email server are running fine, we have been forced to take the IM service offline until your (volunteer!) admin team has time to determine appropriate countermeasures. UPDATE 2012-08-12: We've made some DNS fixes and some clients are now able to connect.

August 12, 2012 00:00

December 27, 2011

ejabberd

ejabberd 2.1.10, 3.0.0-alpha-5 and exmpp 0.9.9

ejabberd 2.1.10, 3.0.0-alpha-5 and exmpp 0.9.9 have been released, after several months of development. They contain a few bugfixes.

ejabberd 2.1.10

These are the major bugfixes:

  • Erlang/OTP compatibility
    • Support Erlang/OTP R15B regexp and drivers (EJAB-1521)
    • Fix modules update in R14B04 and higher
    • Fix modules update of stripped beams (EJAB-1520)
  • XMPP Core

read more

by mfoss at December 27, 2011 19:38

October 03, 2011

ejabberd

ejabberd 2.1.9, 3.0.0-alpha-4 and exmpp 0.9.8

ejabberd 2.1.9, ejabberd 3.0.0-alpha-4, and exmpp 0.9.8 have been released, after several months of development. They contain a lot of bugfixes, improvements and some new features.

ejabberd 2.1.9

This release includes a lot of bugfixes and improvements. This is just a short list of them:

  • New SASL SCRAM-SHA-1 authentication mechanism (EJAB-1196)
  • New option: resource_conflict (EJAB-650)

read more

by mfoss at October 03, 2011 16:04

December 14, 2010

ejabberd

ejabberd 2.1.6 - CAPTCHA support, Shared Rosters LDAP

ejabberd 2.1.6 has been released, after four months of development. It contains a lot of bugfixes, improvements and some new features.

This is a small list of changes:

  • BOSH: Fix rare loop, support vhosts, allow module restart
  • Config: Default configuration allows registrations only from localhost
  • Config: Support to change loglevel per module at runtime
  • Erlang/OTP: Fix compatibility from R10B-9 to R14B01
  • ODBC: Compatibility with PostgreSQL 9.0
  • Privacy lists: Fix to allow block by group and subscription again

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by mfoss at December 14, 2010 11:56

November 16, 2010

ejabberd

Happy 8th birthday, ejabberd!

ejabberd gets 8 years old. But no party yet, Yozhik is bugfixing 2.1.6 and testing 3.0.0-alpha-2.

The source and more photographs of hedgehogs pets.

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by mfoss at November 16, 2010 16:34

February 09, 2010

ejabberd

ejabberd and exmpp source code are moved from SVN to Git

After many months of planning, ejabberd and exmpp have been fully migrated to Git.

During the last 7 years, ejabberd source code was hosted at:

  • CVS at Jabber.Ru
  • CVS at JabberStudio.org
  • SVN at ProcessOne
  • Git preliminarly built with git-svn, at Github

Starting now, ejabberd source code is natively in Git, and hosted at:

The minimal instructions to start using it are mentioned in:
http://www.process-one.net/en/ejabberd/downloads

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by mfoss at February 09, 2010 16:15

November 16, 2009

ejabberd

Happy 7th birthday, ejabberd!

Yes, ejabberd is already 7 years old.

Let's celebrate with a timeline of ejabberd, Erlang/OTP, XMPP/Jabber protocol, and Tkabber:

If you find any mistake, please comment. I built the graph using EasyTimeLine.pl, if you want the datafile, please comment.

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by mfoss at November 16, 2009 20:32

November 16, 2008

ejabberd

Video: 6 years of ejabberd code in 3 minutes

To celebrate that ejabberd turns 6 years old, I've prepared a video that shows the history or ejabberd trunk SVN during those years: authors, acknowledgments, type of files, dates and releases. The video was built with code_swarm.

Download ejabberd-6-years-code.avi (12.5 MB) from: Notes:

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by mfoss at November 16, 2008 12:10