RFC 3920 introduced the concept of binding a resource to an XML stream (this concept superseded part of the obsolete jabber:iq:auth protocol described in Non-SASL Authentication (XEP-0078) ). As defined in RFC 3920, resource binding enables a client to bind one resource to a stream but does not enable a client to unbind a resource and leaves underspecified what a server and client should do if a client binds more than one resource to a stream. Because the ability to bind multiple resources to a stream is desirable in certain environments (e.g., for devices that are unable to open more than one TCP connection or when a machine runs a daemon process that is used by multiple applications), this document proposes improvements to resource binding in order to address these shortcomings.
Note: The recommendations from this document were NOT incorporated into RFC 6120  and this document is Obsolete.
In order to properly manage the resources associated with an XML stream, a client must be able to unbind resources. This shall be completed by sending an IQ-set with a child element of <unbind/> qualified by the 'urn:ietf:params:xml:ns:xmpp-bind' namespace, which in turn has a child element of <resource/> whose XML character data specifies the resource to be unbound:
If the server does not understand the <unbind/> element, it MUST return an error of <bad-request/>. Otherwise, if there is no such resource, the server MUST return an error of <item-not-found/>. When the client unbinds the only resource associated with the stream, the server SHOULD close the stream and terminate the TCP connection. The 'from' address included in bind and unbind stanzas SHOULD be the full JID <firstname.lastname@example.org/resource> associated with the resource in question; however, the server MUST NOT accept further stanzas from that full JID after successfully processing the unbind request.
A server SHOULD advertise its support for the 'urn:ietf:params:xml:ns:xmpp-bind' namespace and the unbind functionality by returning an appropriate stream feature as shown below:
When a client binds multiple resources to the same stream, proper management of 'from' addresses is imperative. In particular, a client MUST specify a 'from' address on every stanza it sends over a stream to which it has bound multiple resources, where the 'from' address is the full JID <email@example.com/resource> associated with the relevant resource. If a client does not specify a 'from' address on a stanza it sends over a stream to which it has bound multiple resources (or if it specifies as the 'from' address a full JID other than one of the bound resources), the server MUST return the stanza to the client with an <unknown-sender/> stanza error. 
Naturally, the existing rules from RFC 3920 regarding validation of asserted 'from' addresses still apply.
In instant messaging and presence applications, an XMPP server manages a session on behalf of a connected client. A server MUST create and manage a separate session for each distinct resource, even if there are multiple resources associated with a given XML stream. In particular:
The following examples show a possible flow of resource binding and unbinding (stanzas prefixed by "C:" are sent by the client, stanzas prefixed by "S:" are sent by the server).
First, the client binds an initial resource to the stream.
Now the client sends some stanzas, making sure to set its 'from' address:
Now the client binds a second resource to the stream.
If the server does not allow entities to bind multiple resources to the stream, it MUST return a <not-allowed/> error as described in RFC 3920.
Now the client sends more stanzas.
In handling the last stanza shown above, the server returns an <unknown-sender/> error to the sender because the sender did not include a 'from' address.
Now the client binds a third resource to the stream.
Now the client unbinds its initial resource.
Now the client unbinds another resource.
Now the client unbinds its last remaining resource.
The server now SHOULD close the stream and terminate the underlying TCP connection.
If properly implemented, the modifications described herein do not introduce any new security concerns above and beyond those defined in RFC 3920. However, care must be taken to properly manage 'from' addresses in order to avoid the delivery of stanzas from an unintended resource (which may, for example, leak presence information).
No interaction with the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA)  is required as a result of this document.
No interaction with the XMPP Registrar  is required as a result of this document, since the 'urn:ietf:params:xml:ns:xmpp-bind' namespace is already registered (see <https://xmpp.org/registrar/namespaces.html>).
Note: The following provisional schema is intended to replace the existing schema for the Resource Binding stream feature.
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The Extensible Messaging and Presence Protocol (XMPP) is defined in the XMPP Core (RFC 6120) and XMPP IM (RFC 6121) specifications contributed by the XMPP Standards Foundation to the Internet Standards Process, which is managed by the Internet Engineering Task Force in accordance with RFC 2026. Any protocol defined in this document has been developed outside the Internet Standards Process and is to be understood as an extension to XMPP rather than as an evolution, development, or modification of XMPP itself.
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The following requirements keywords as used in this document are to be interpreted as described in RFC 2119: "MUST", "SHALL", "REQUIRED"; "MUST NOT", "SHALL NOT"; "SHOULD", "RECOMMENDED"; "SHOULD NOT", "NOT RECOMMENDED"; "MAY", "OPTIONAL".
3. Currently there is no <unknown-sender/> stanza defined in RFC 3920. The author will work to add such an error condition (with a type of "modify") to the document that revises RFC 3920.
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Per a vote of the XMPP Council, changed status from Deprecated to Obsolete.
Per a vote of the XMPP Council, changed specification to Deprecated because the recommendations described in this document were not incorporated into RFC 6120.
Per a vote of the XMPP Council, advanced specification to Draft.
Per Council feedback, modified error handling when client does not include a from address; also, clarified rules regarding which full JID to include on bind and unbind requests.
Required client to include from address on every stanza it sends over a stream to which it has bound multiple resources; specified server handling of sessions.
Added stream feature for unbind.