There are times when a client might want or need to discover what its external Internet Protocol (IP) address and port are, e.g. when gathering transport candidates for protocols such as SOCKS5 Bytestreams (XEP-0065)  or Jingle ICE-UDP Transport Method (XEP-0176) . One way to do so is for the client to ask the XMPP server to which it has connected. This specification defines such a method. The information provided by the server cannot necessarily be relied upon because there might be intermediate entities between the client and the server, but if the IP address and port returned by the server is different from the client's notion of its IP address and port then at the very least the client has received a hint that it might be behind a network address translator (NAT) and therefore cannot usefully provide its private IP address as a candidate for use in multimedia negotiations.
First the client sends an IQ-get request to its server.
The server then returns an IQ-result containing an <address/> element containing an <ip/> element specifying the client's external IP address and, optionally, a <port/> element specifying the client's external port.
Note that the IP address could be IPv4 or IPv6.
If an entity supports this protocol, it MUST report that by including a service discovery feature of "urn:xmpp:sic:1" in response to disco#info requests (see Protocol Namespaces regarding issuance of one or more permanent namespaces).
XMPP Core  specifies that client IP addresses shall not be made public. If a client requests its own IP address, that policy is not violated. However, a server MUST NOT return the IP address of another client (e.g., if a connected client sends a SIC request to the bare JID of another user); instead, it MUST return a <forbidden/> error.
This document requires no interaction with the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) .
This specification defines the following XML namespace:
Upon advancement of this specification from a status of Experimental to a status of Draft, the XMPP Registrar  shall add the foregoing namespace to the registry located at <https://xmpp.org/registrar/namespaces.html>, as described in Section 4 of XMPP Registrar Function (XEP-0053) .
If the protocol defined in this specification undergoes a revision that is not fully backwards-compatible with an older version, the XMPP Registrar shall increment the protocol version number found at the end of the XML namespaces defined herein, as described in Section 4 of XEP-0053.
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Modified XML format so server can return port as well as IP address; incremented protocol version from 0 to 1.
Initial published version.
Removed client inclusion of its IP address; added IPv6 example.