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Atheme / InspIRCd m_invisible brouhaha

Those who closely follow either projects development will have noticed a few “odd” looking commits to their sourcecode in the past few days.

The commits all concerned InspIRCds m_invisible module which provides similar functionality as the old mode +I in UnrealIRCd 3.1.x.

Quoting the InspIRCd wiki page about m_invisible the module

adds support for quiet (invisible) opers. A quiet oper is invisible to normal users on channels. This can be used for surveillence of botnet channels, statistics bots, etc. Note that other opers CAN see invisible opers; +Q only hides the oper from non-opers.

The brawl emerged when Atheme developer nenolod commited a few changes to the services packages that would make such a join visible to channel members by announcing that “Channel security has been compromised” because an invisible user has joined.

This commit was followed up by danieldg of the InspIRCd developer team who moved the module out of the main – and therefore by default included – modules into the seperate “inspircd-extras” repository, but only in the 2.0 beta and 2.1 pre-alpha branches.

The initial commits to Atheme have since been reverted but there now are checks for m_invisible being loaded and the services package now refuses to link if it spots the module being present.

The module, referred to as “morally unacceptable” and “not … ethical” by nenolod, has legitimate uses such as “private networks inside offices, with special uses, those do need logging and accountability, most of them even disable private messages entirely” said developer Brain when asked about his views of this whole situation. They wrote it because “users asked for the module” and his opinion is that it “should be kept, and we’re keeping it, in third party”.

Brain says to him “it’s all about choice, the choice to run the modules or not to, we aren’t going to tell people whats right and wrong” and that “people are sensible enough and educated enough to decide for themselves”.

What’s your opinion about this? Do you use m_invisible on your network? And if so, do you tell your users that such a module is loaded? Guns don’t kill, people do?

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wsIRC Webchat is now at version 1.0

wsIRC, a new webchat client, is now at version 1.0 – their first release version.

wsIRC Channelview

wsIRC Channelview

As you can see from the screenshot, the most important functions are already there: right-click menus for miscellaneous functions such as /WHOIS or /PRIVMSG’ing users, a Channel-Central to handle the most basic modes and bans. Registering your nick or channel through a simple popup is implemented and the usual buttons for smileys, font-color and style are available too.

Even without registering, your settings are remembered (if you wish to do so) and available when you go online the next time. If you register with wsIRC you can even create simple client-side scripts which you then can use anytime you log on IRC with their client.

Another nice toy that has been implemented is what happens when someone posts a link to a YouTube video: you’ll then see a small preview picture of it in the channel or PM window – neat!

Embedding the client into your own website is allowed and encouraged – there’s a simple tool that lets you create an IFrame or direct link with the options you chose which you then may embed into your site – great for providing your visitors a simple option to engage in your community.

wsIRC Embedding Code Generator w/ Preview

wsIRC Embedding Code Generator w/ Preview

To keep abusers at bay, the service puts your real IP into the GECOS/realname field and also checks the DroneBL DNSBL.

The webchat also offers a mobile version which works on iPhones and Windows Mobile devices as well as others when “a good JavaScript support is offered”.

All in all i really have to say it’s a nice client, even more so when you consider it is just at version 1.0 – i’m curious what more they can come up with :)

ratbox-services release version 1.2.3

ratbox-services, a services package for use with IRCd-ratbox is now available as version 1.2.3 in their stable tree.

ratbox services logo

ratbox services logo

They are “highly configurable, with nearly all options being set in a config that can be rehashed rather than set at compile time. It also uses the SQLite database backend, which works as a database interface to a normal file, meaning no seperate database software must be running”.

The new release has some feature additions for their channel listing service, ALIS, which now lets you search for channels with the +S mode (SSL-only channels). This release also fixes a +S/ALIS related “minor buffer overflow” at the same time.

Besides a small number of other bugfixes there also was a problem fixed with permanent bans set via chanserv that weren’t applying to users joining said channel.

The announcement on their mailinglist says that “everyone running ratbox-services-1.2.2 should upgrade to this version” so grab the download from here and perform the upgrade ;)

ratbox-services version 1.2.2 released

ratbox-services, a services package for use with IRCd-ratbox is now available as version 1.2.2 in their stable tree.

ratbox services logo

ratbox services logo

They are “highly configurable, with nearly all options being set in a config that can be rehashed rather than set at compile time. It also uses the SQLite database backend, which works as a database interface to a normal file, meaning no seperate database software must be running”.

The new version, aside from various bugfixes, also contains a fix for a potential user-triggerable crashbug.

According to the changelog, this crash could be triggered by “a user changing their email address with userserv” so this is a recommended upgrade if you are running these services.

The download for version 1.2.2 can be found here.

Anope stable 1.8.3 is out

The Anope project just announced the availability of another release in their stable tree, version 1.8.3

New in this release is the official support for InspIRCd version 1.2 which the services have been lacking before.

Other than that, lots of bugs as well as a few memory leaks have been fixed and 3 language files have been updated (French, Turkish and German).

Developer chaz writes in the announcement that they have “taken the decision to move to Visual Studio 2008 for our precompiled Windows versions” and that “this means that if you do not already have 2008 Runtimes you will need those but as several module authors have already moved to this version you may already have them”.

He cautions to “take a known good back up and perform testing in a testnet environment with your current databases and modules before considering upgrading your live network. We would however recommend anyone using any versions of 1.6, 1.7 or 1.8 to update as soon as possible”.

Closing his announcement he writes: “We would like to extend our thanks to the networks which helped us test this new version and would welcome anyone else to get in touch to help us form a ‘Release Testing Team’ in order to provide a more structured and efficient testing and release pattern”.

The downloads can be found here and the full changelog can be viewed here.