Welcome to the XMPP Newsletter, great to have you here again! This issue covers the month of October 2023. Many thanks to all our readers and all contributors!
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Recently, an XMPP service was targeted by a so-called machine-in-the-middle attack (MitM). To reduce the risk of such attacks in the future, an early stage service called CertWatch has been published by our community. This service is created and kindly provided by Stephen P. Weber (singpolyma). Find more details below.
The XSF is planning the XMPP Summit 26, which is to take place on February 1st & 2nd 2024 in Brussels (Belgium, Europe). Following the Summit, the XSF is also planning to be present at FOSDEM 2024, which takes place on February 3rd & 4th 2024. Find all the details in our Wiki. Please sign-up now if you are planning to attend, since this helps organizing. The event is of course open for everyone interested to participate. Spread the word within your circles!
Join the upcoming XMPP Vision & Strategic Workshop to discuss and understand our community better! We also asking ask for your input on different topics with focus on the future of our federated network and technology. The workshop will take place on Tuesday, 14th November 2023, 6:00 - 9:00 pm UTC. This event will take place online and will be held in English (details to follow). Everyone is welcome - please spread the word! If you have questions please write us in the XSF chat.
- The first blog post, detailing the plan to implement basic group chat functionality.
- The second blog post, describing the plans to bring a basic implementation of XEP-0045 into Moxxy’s XMPP library moxxmpp.
- The third blog post, sketching the frontend implementation plan.
- The fourth blog post, concluding with Moxxy’s completed MUC support.
- Berlin XMPP Meetup (remote): monthly meeting of XMPP enthusiasts in Berlin, every 2nd Wednesday of the month
- XMPP Italian happy hour: monthly Italian XMPP web meeting, starting May 16th and then every third Tuesday of the month at 7:00 PM (online event, with web meeting mode and live streaming).
- JabberFR and Libre en Communs will be present at the Capitole du Libre conference in Toulouse, France, on November 18-19th.
- Ok, but what is XMPP? - an easy to follow introduction to XMPP.
- XMPP—the Universal Technology for Instant Messaging
- Attack on an XMPP Server and and a new tool called CertWatch: Recently, the XMPP service at jabber.ru was targeted by a so-called machine-in-the-middle attack (MitM). To reduce the risk of such attacks in the future, an early stage service called CertWatch has been published by our community. This service is created and kindly provided by Stephen P. Weber (singpolyma).
- Many articles have been published around this incident. Three blog posts on the topic are presented here:
- Other media representation:
In other news:
- Two months after the last release, Gajim 1.8.2 comes with better support for gateways, improved group chats, an easy way to change the font size, and many small fixes.
- After several months of hard work Monal 6.0 was finally released. This version comes with new artwork by Ann-Sophie Zwahlen, support for Audio-Calls funded by EU’s NGI Assure via the NLnet Foundation and many, many other improvements and bugfixes. The full list of changes can be found in this blog post.
- monocles chat 1.7.5 to 1.7.7 have been released. monocles chat 1.7.5 is now available on F-Droid, while 1.7.7 is only available on Codeberg yet. These releases come with many design improvements to meet modern messaging clients. There are also many new settings, like custom backgrounds, the often requested option to switch between round and square avatars (in 1.7.7), and the introduction of Material Design 3. Stay tuned for a final release 1.8 in November!
- Conversations 2.12.12 has been released, which brings support for Private DNS (DNS over TLS), a themed launcher icon, and a fix for a rare permission issue when sharing files on Android 11+.
- Cheogram 2.12.8-3 has been released, coming with bugfixes and calling stability improvements.
- ejabberd 23.10 has been published and brings support for XEP-0402: PEP Native Bookmarks, XEP-0421: Anonymous unique occupant identifiers for MUCs, and includes many bugfixes.
- isode announced their M-Link 19.4 Limited Release
- As mentioned above, the CertWatch service has been published.
- nbxmpp 4.4.0 and 4.5.0 have been released, which bring support for XEP-0440: SASL Channel-Binding Type Capability and include some bugfixes.
Developers and other standards experts from around the world collaborate on these extensions, developing new specifications for emerging practices, and refining existing ways of doing things. Proposed by anybody, the particularly successful ones end up as Final or Active - depending on their type - while others are carefully archived as Deferred. This life cycle is described in XEP-0001, which contains the formal and canonical definitions for the types, states, and processes. Read more about the standards process. Communication around Standards and Extensions happens in the Standards Mailing List (online archive).
The XEP development process starts by writing up an idea and submitting it to the XMPP Editor. Within two weeks, the Council decides whether to accept this proposal as an Experimental XEP.
- Communicate & Ask to AI
- This document defines a protocol for asking questions to an artificial intelligence or requesting it to make predictions.
- HTTP Online Meetings
- This specification defines a protocol extension to request URLs from an external HTTP entity usable to initiate and invite participants to an online meeting.
- No new XEPs this month.
If an experimental XEP is not updated for more than twelve months, it will be moved off Experimental to Deferred. If there is another update, it will put the XEP back onto Experimental.
- No XEPs deferred this month.
- Version 0.3.1 of XEP-0377 (Spam Reporting)
- Add XML Schema. (egp)
- Version 0.4.0 of XEP-0424 (Message Retraction)
- Remove the dependency on XEP-0422 Message Fastening.
- Use ‘id’ attribute on ‘retracted’ element instead of a child element.
- Clarify business rules regarding which ‘id’ to use to refer to the retracted message. (jcb)
- Version 0.3 of XEP-0458 (Community Code of Conduct)
- Address substantive feedback from JC Brand; add Peter Saint-Andre as co-author to help address future feedback. (psa)
Last calls are issued once everyone seems satisfied with the current XEP status. After the Council decides whether the XEP seems ready, the XMPP Editor issues a Last Call for comments. The feedback gathered during the Last Call can help improve the XEP before returning it to the Council for advancement to Stable.
- Community Code of Conduct
- This document describes the XMPP Standard Foundation’s Code of Conduct. This Last Call begins today and shall end at the close of business on 2023-11-30.
- No XEP moved to stable this month.
- No XEP deprecated this month.
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