Synapse 1.47.1 released

23.11.2021 12:46 — Releases David Robertson

Today we are releasing Synapse 1.47.1, a security update based on last week's release of Synapse 1.47.0. This release patches one high severity issue affecting Synapse installations 1.47.0 and earlier using the media repository. An attacker could cause these Synapses to download a remote file and store it in a directory outside the media repository.

Note that:

To quote from the advisory:

GHSA-3hfw-x7gx-437c / CVE-2021-41281: Path traversal when downloading remote media.

Impact

Synapse instances with the media repository enabled can be tricked into downloading a file from a remote server into an arbitrary directory, potentially outside the media store directory.

The last two directories and file name of the path are chosen randomly by Synapse and cannot be controlled by an attacker, which limits the impact.

Homeservers with the media repository disabled are unaffected. Homeservers configured with a federation whitelist are also unaffected.

The advisory has full details, including workarounds.

This issue was discovered and fixed by our internal security team.

Please update at your earliest convenience.

This Week in Matrix 2021-11-19

19.11.2021 00:00 — This Week in Matrix Thib

Friday already? Did this week already happen? It looked like the spacetime continuum was broken and we didn't know who did it. We needed witnesses to solve the case: did things really happen this week? And the witnesses showed up! A huge thanks to everyone in the Matrix community who reported their progress, and to everyone currently working on making awesome projects around Matrix!

The case is closed: the week has not been stolen from us. Time appears to have wings, and flies faster than we had anticipated.

Matrix Live 🎙

A very very dense and exciting wrap up of what's happening these days in the Matrix space by Matrix Foundation co-founders Matthew & Amandine! Matrix is stepping up a gear with blazing fast Sync v3, Threading Support, VoIP, VR, a new release of the Spec, always more monthly active users, a full security audit and progress on P2P.

Dept of Spec 📜

anoa says

Here's your weekly spec update! The heart of Matrix is the specification - and this is modified by Matrix Spec Change (MSC) proposals. Learn more about how the process works at https://spec.matrix.org/unstable/proposals.

MSC Status

New MSCs:

MSCs with proposed Final Comment Period:

  • No MSCs entered proposed FCP state this week.

MSCs in Final Comment Period:

Merged MSCs:

Spec Updates

This week we finally, finally had one of the aggregation-related MSCs, MSC2674 (event relationships) enter final comment period! This MSC, along with several others, document the stuff that powers message edit, reactions, the upcoming threading and polls MSCs, and much more! So it's really great to see the MSCs start to actually land.

Speaking of threading MSC3440 has had a good amount of review from the Spec Core Team last week. Threading in Matrix has been a long awaited feature for chat applications - as well as helping extend the flexibility of Matrix as a data structure even further. The MSC relies on both MSC2674 and MSC2675 (or a modified version of it), so the latter will be an area of focus for review for next week.

Spec PRs

It seems that the recent Matrix v1.1 has drummed up some more community support for spec PRs. Thank you to everyone who's sent in clarifications, changes and even typo fixes. In particular, @ankur12-1610 for fixes to the OpenAPI fields, and for typo corrections in the spec copy, and @Dominaezzz for helping review them. Thank you both!

Random Spec of the Week

The random spec of the week is... MSC2867: Marking rooms as unread!

This is definitely a feature that I would love to have for chat. Note that this MSC proposes marking a room as unread, rather than a specific point in the room's timeline. This is intentional as noted in the document, as the latter is more complicated, as it intersects with sending out read receipts to other users.

Dept of Servers 🏢

Synapse

Synapse is the reference homeserver for Matrix

dmr announces

Note: we plan to release a security release, Synapse 1.47.1 on the coming Tuesday, 23rd of November; see the predisclosure.

We released Synapse 1.47.0 after squashing a couple of problems related to database migrations remaining in 1.47.0rc2. Briefly, this release includes

  • new features for users of the admin and module APIs;
  • a number of long-standing bug fixes, including a thorny bug which prevented joining certain old rooms; and
  • continuing efforts to prototype new MSCs and improve type coverage.

The blog post has a better summary, and GitHub has the full gory details.

We also released Sydent 2.5.1, a minor release which improves the way we handle and log various error cases.

Thank you as ever to our community contributors, and everyone out there who's using Synapse to communicate!

dmr also reminds us

When we release the fix, the changes will be publicly known and bad actors will have the ability to deduce the vulnerability. Most servers don't run release candidates, so releasing the fix in an RC will mean there's a larger window for an attacker to exploit the problem. Internally, there will be an RC deployed to test homeservers and eventually matrix.org. This means we'll be able to confidently recommend the upgrade to server administrators.

dkasak adds

And that's the very reason we have dedicated security releases, instead of just rolling the security fixes into a feature release. The security release doesn't contain anything new apart from the security fix so it minimizes the chance of things going wrong.

Keep your servers up to date, and your users safe, administrators!

Homeserver Deployment 📥️

Helm Chart

Matrix Kubernetes applications packaged into helm charts

Ananace says

Would you believe it? This week has also seen updates to my Helm Charts, with matrix-synapse having been updated to 1.47.0

Dept of Bridges 🌉

Heisenbridge

Heisenbridge is a bouncer-style Matrix IRC bridge.

hifi says

Release v1.7.0 🥳

  • Implement "best effort" basic IRC moderation in plumbed rooms if bot has ops on IRC
  • Allow configuring topic sync for plumbs (IRC<->Matrix or one way)
  • Allow using forward slash (/) as MXID separator for IRC ghosts
  • Bump max mautrix version to <0.12
  • Small fixes

Plumb moderation! If the bridge bot has ops on IRC it will do its best to map kicks and bans (regarding IRC users) from Matrix. This definitely isn't perfect and is meant as a convenience.

Topic synchronization is now configurable for plumbs as well to make it possible to share the same topic between an IRC channel and a plumbed Matrix room. Default is still off and it requires the bridge bot to have enough PL to work.

The separator for IRC ghosts can now be changed to forward slash (/) from the default underscore (_). This happens by modifying the regex in the registration file. Only do this for new installations and it will cause all IRC users to duplicate in rooms who you can't remove and probably other bad side effects as well. The default may be changed in the future.

There were lots of refactoring issues so I hope I fixed all of them 🙈.

Best effort your fix from GitHub, PyPI or matrix-docker-ansible-deploy!

Thanks!

Yet another week, yet another great update on Heisenbridge. At this rate Heisenbridge will reach perfection and hifi will run out of things to report!

Dept of Clients 📱

Nheko

Desktop client for Matrix using Qt and C++17.

Nico reports

So, Nheko has a small little release this morning! Okay, that's a lie, it was actually pretty big! You can find the full changelog and some of our binaries here: https://github.com/Nheko-Reborn/nheko/releases/tag/v0.9.0

As always, thank you everyone, who contributed. There were over 30 authors this release! If you haven't tried Nheko in a while, give it a whirl. Lots of stuff changed, some things might not even have been mentioned in TWIM! I put the first few lines of the changelog below for your convenience:

Highlights

  • Somewhat stable end to end encryption 🔐
    • Show the room verification status
    • Configure Nheko to only send to verified users
    • Store the encryption keys securely in the OS-provided secrets service.
    • Support online keybackup as well as sharing historical session keys.
  • Crosssigning bootstrapping 🔄
    • Crosssigning is used to simplify the verification process. In this release Nheko can setup crosssigning on a new account without having to use a different client.
    • Nheko now also prompts you, if there are any unverified devices and asks you to verify them.
  • Room directory (Manu) 📂
    • Search for rooms on your server and other servers. (Prezu)
    • If their topic interests you and it has the right amount of members, join the room and the discussion!
  • Custom sticker packs 🐈‍⬛
    • Add a custom sticker picker, that allows you to send stickers from MSC2545.
    • Support creating new sticker (and emote) packs.
    • You can share packs in a room and enable them globally or just for that room.
  • Token authenticated registration (Callum) 🎫
    • Sign up with a token to servers, that have otherwise disabled registration.
    • This was done as part of GSoC and makes it easier to run private servers for your family and friends!

Features

  • Support email in registration (required on matrix.org for example)
  • Warn, if an @room would mention the whole room, because some people don't like that.
  • Support device removal as well as renaming. (Thulinma)
  • Show your devices without encryption support, when showing your profile. (Thulinma)
  • Move to the next room with unread messages by pressing Alt-A. (Symphorien)
  • Support jdenticons as a placeholder for rooms or users without avatars. (LorenDB)
    • You will need to install https://github.com/Nheko-Reborn/qt-jdenticon
  • Properly sign macOS builds.
  • Support animated images like GIF and WebP.
    • Optionally just play them on hover.
  • Support accepting knocks in the timeline.
  • Close a room when clicking it again. (LorenDB)
  • Close image overlay with escape.
  • Support .well-known discovery during registration.
  • Limited spaces support.
    • No nice display of nested spaces.
    • No previews of unjoined rooms.
    • No way to edit a space.
  • Render room avatar changes in the timeline. (BShipman)
  • Support pulling out the sidebar to make it wider.
  • Allow editing pending messages instead of blocking until they are sent. (balsoft)
  • Support mnemonics in the context menus. (AppAraat)
  • Support TOFU for encryption. (Trust on first use)
  • Right click -> copy address location.
  • Forward messages. (Jedi18)
  • Alt-F to forward messages.
  • A new video and audio player, that should look a bit nicer.

As always, come check us out and chat about Nheko in #nheko:nheko.im

That's one massive update for Nheko! Thanks Nheko contributors!

Element

Everything related to Element but not strictly bound to a client

Nad says

Threads

  • We’ve been polishing UI, and updating notifications on Web
  • On Mobile, we’ve updates iOS & Android to be threads aware, live in the next release
  • We also tested Threads more widely in a community testing session (thanks to all who attended!)

Polls

  • We’re making good progress on polls on all platforms
  • Aiming to get poll creation, voting and the ability to see results working in all platforms in our current sprint, to then move to wider testing

Community Testing

  • Two successful testing sessions on VoIP and Threads (first community testing session on iOS!)
  • Squashed 26 Android VoIP bugs
  • No sessions this coming week, but we’ll be back the week after

Element Web

Secure and independent communication, connected via Matrix. Come talk with us in #element-web:matrix.org!

Nad reports

Element iOS

Secure and independent communication for iOS, connected via Matrix. Come talk with us in #element-ios:matrix.org!

Nad says

  • We fixed regressions reported on our previous release candidates. Sorry for the delay but the current release candidate 1.6.8 should be available on the App Store on Monday
  • The work to replace Matomo by PostHog has been resumed
  • We are still working on making the MatrixKit obsolete
  • Space creation / invites: will start design and code review starting next week
  • Start space management integration in rooms

Element Android

Secure and independent communication for Android, connected via Matrix. Come talk with us in #element-android:matrix.org!

Nad updates us with

  • Element Android 1.3.8 with support for Android 12 has been released on the PlayStore (beta channel) Wednesday. Full changelog: https://github.com/vector-im/element-android/releases/tag/v1.3.8 . The SDK 1.3.8 has also been released. If everything is fine, the app will be promoted to production and to F-Droid on Monday. The README of the project has been updated to clarify the release process: https://github.com/vector-im/element-android#releases-to-app-stores
  • Voice message draft is currently under active development. We want the feature to work well before we release it, and it was an opportunity to rework the whole feature, to improve its architecture.
  • Still working on the timeline rework.

Dept of Non Clients 🎛️

time-to-matrix

The time command, but it sends the output to a Matrix room

Aine reports

after the Miounne update posted a minute ago here is another one, and it's about time: Time To Matrix (ttm) got v1.4.0 release!

Time To Matrix is a time-like command that will send end of an arbitrary command output and some other info (like exit status) to matrix room.

With new release, following things were added:

  • arch linux AUR package
  • automatic room alias resolving, so you can use #ttm:etke.cc instead of !XODRhTLplrymaFicdK:etke.cc
  • help message and human-readable errors
  • option to change message type (m.text or m.notice)
  • option to omit plaintext and send only html-formatted message (to get some more space for log)
  • option to override message type to m.notice if the command exits with non-zero exit code (by default m.text is sent, so you will get m.notice on failure)

Go check out the source code and say hello in #ttm:etke.cc

Dept of SDKs and Frameworks 🧰

simplematrixbotlib

simplematrixbotlib is an easy to use bot library for the Matrix ecosystem written in Python and based on matrix-nio.

krazykirby99999 reports

Version 2.3.0 Released!

simplematrixbotlib is an easy to use bot library for the Matrix ecosystem written in Python and based on matrix-nio. Version 2.3.0 adds support for additional configuration via config files and other methods. Currently, there is only one setting that can be changed, however many existing and future features will be able to be enabled or disabled via this config.

Example usage is shown below:

"""
random_user
     !echo something
echo_bot
     something
"""

import simplematrixbotlib as botlib

creds = botlib.Creds("https://home.server", "user", "pass")

config = botlib.Config()
config.load_toml("config.toml")

bot = botlib.Bot(creds, config)
PREFIX = '!'

@bot.listener.on_message_event
async def echo(room, message):
     match = botlib.MessageMatch(room, message, bot, PREFIX)

     if match.is_not_from_this_bot() and match.prefix() and match.command("echo"):
          await bot.api.send_text_message(room.room_id,
                                " ".join(arg for arg in match.args()))

bot.run()

An example of a toml config file is shown below.

[simplematrixbotlib.config]
join_on_invite = false

Request additional features here.

View source on Github View package on PyPi View docs on readthedocs.io #simplematrixbotlib:matrix.org

Dept of Ops 🛠

Mother Miounne

The backoffice of etke.cc service

Aine reports

ding-dong Mother Miounne v2.2.0 is here!

Miounne is a backoffice of the etke.cc service.

New release brings notifications for integrated services:

  • buymeacoffee notifications on new purchase, supporter, subscription and unsubscription (can be configured independently)
  • matrix-registration notifications for new and used invite tokens (can be configured independently)

Go check out the source code and say hello in #miounne:etke.cc

Dept of Bots 🤖

Mjölnir

The moderation bot for Matrix

Yoric announces

Mjölnir v1.2.1 released

  • New feature: if a user on your homeserver reports abuse, Mjölnir may now show the abuse report in your moderation room and offer you two-click moderation options. This feature is considered a preview for the time being.
  • Performance improvements for protections that need to lock back in the history of a room, decreasing the number of cases in which we could end up timing out.
  • Many improvements to testing.

Note: Any rumor of a v1.2.0 Docker image borked by yours truly is sadly true. There should be no risk in 1.2.0 but, to be on the safe side, if you have updated to 1.2.0, please update to 1.2.1.

That's one feature I've wanted for a while, and it's going to make moderation a lot easier! Thanks Mjolnir teams for keeping us safe!

Dept of Interesting Projects 🛰️

MinesTRIX

Henri Carnot says

Hi all !!

Today I want to showcase you MinesTRIX. MinesTRIX is a decentralized social media based on matrix. The goal is to create a privacy respectful social media using the power of matrix while trying to be as simple as possible.

Two Objectives

  • Showing that matrix could be used to build such a system.
  • Helping find your friends using matrix

Currently supported

  • Posting
  • Adding and accepting friends
  • Basic post management
  • Creating groups, posting and adding users to it
  • E2EE device verification (thanks FluffyChat !!)
  • Cross platform thanks to Flutter (Android, iOS, Linux, Windows, MacOS, WEB)

Now what ?

  • Stability fixes
  • Finding a logo ;)
  • Bring sharing functionality for public groups.
  • Adding support for the Circle application.
  • Enhance the friends' suggestion algorithm (Currently it's a really naïve one :D)
  • Add reactions for chats and posts

🚀 About Demo 🏗️ Gitlab Chat

That's a fascinating client, it looks absolutely fantastic! It reminds me a little of Cerrulean. Good job Henri!

Matrix Login

Paul says

There was the "Sign in with Matrix" project recently

I tried to do something similar with https://matrix-login.lyc.fi / https://gitlab.com/ptman/matrix-login

An important note on the interesting projects using Matrix for the login: those are community projects, and there are MSCs in the works to "do it right" at the Spec level!

As Matthew Hodgson reported in a comment on Hacker News :

The direction we're headed in the Matrix spec core team is instead towards replacing Matrix's current auth mechanisms with normal Open ID Connect (rather than wrapping our own OIDC-like thing, as we do today) - as per https://github.com/sandhose/matrix-doc/blob/msc/sandhose/oauth2-profile/proposals/2964-oauth2-profile.md The common login flow would then be for users to be authed by their server using a trusted OIDC identity provider, rather than ever trusting arbitrary clients with their credentials.

Dept of Guides 🧭

Austin Huang announces

I have compiled a list of public homeservers available for registration, since previous such efforts to make these homeservers more discoverable fell through. This list serves as a sanitized version of the asra.gr list, with only homeservers intended for public consumption included. It is a static list and does not include pings, but rather than focusing on the technical aspect, my list has an emphasis on the written rules of a homeserver, which I believe to play a larger role in the Matrix experience. Hope this can spark other efforts in maintaining a better list!

That's one very useful list of hand curated servers! The transparency about the inclusion criteria is very much appreciated. Good job!

Room of the Week 📆

Timo ⚡️ announces

Hi everyone! Did you ever feel lost in the Matrix world? The room directory is big, but it's still hard to find something you like. Or are you a room moderator, but there is not much activity in your room because it doesn't have enough users?

This is why I want to share rooms (or spaces) I find interesting.


This week's room is: #travel:hacklab.fi

"Discussion about destinations, culture, hotels, flights etc.. English only, be nice to each other."


If you want to suggest a room for this section, tell me in #roomoftheweek:fachschaften.org

Dept of Ping 🏓

Here we reveal, rank, and applaud the homeservers with the lowest ping, as measured by pingbot, a maubot that you can host on your own server.

#ping:maunium.net

Join #ping:maunium.net to experience the fun live, and to find out how to add YOUR server to the game.

RankHostnameMedian MS
1matrix.sp-codes.de517.5
2envs.net591
3converser.eu863
4matrix.markshorten.co.uk959
5aria-net.org1120
6matrix.liamgooch.com1219
7dieholzkatze.de1396.5
8somnet.io1791
9matrix.nicfab.it2048
10trygve.me2147

#ping-no-synapse:maunium.net

Join #ping-no-synapse:maunium.net to experience the fun live, and to find out how to add YOUR server to the game.

RankHostnameMedian MS
1dendrite.nordgedanken.dev485
2sspaeth.de648.5
3devnullsystem.org874.5
4dendrite.neilalexander.dev943
5matrix.awesomesheep48.me1016.5
60x1a8510f2.space5969

That's all I know 🏁

See you next week, and be sure to stop by #twim:matrix.org with your updates!

Pre-disclosure: upcoming security release of Synapse 1.47.1

18.11.2021 00:00 — Security Matrix Security Team

On Tuesday, 23rd November we plan to release Synapse 1.47.1 at 12:00 UTC to address a single high severity issue. This vulnerability was discovered internally by our security team. Synapse is a Matrix homeserver implementation developed by the matrix.org team and the wider Matrix community.

If you're a server administrator running Synapse, please be prepared to upgrade as soon as the patched version is released.

We will be reaching out to downstream packagers to ensure they can prepare patched versions of affected packages at the time of the release. The details of the vulnerability will be disclosed in a blog post on the day of the release. There is so far no evidence of the vulnerability being exploited in the wild.

Thank you for your patience while we work to resolve this issue.

Edit, 2021-11-19: The opening paragraph was amended to note that the vulnerability was discovered internally.

Edit, 2021-11-22: The opening paragraph was amended to include a release time of 12:00 UTC.

Synapse 1.47.0 released

17.11.2021 00:00 — Releases David Robertson

Synapse 1.47.0 is out now!

NOTE: We anticipate publishing a security release, Synapse 1.47.1, on the coming Tuesday, the 23rd of November.

Synapse 1.47.1 will contain a fix for a high severity issue.

Synapse 1.47.0 features additions to the admin and module APIs, a plethora of fixes for long-standing bugs, and a raft of internal improvements. Server administrators should note that this release removes a deprecated API for deleting a room and deprecates a module callback. Consult the upgrade notes for more details.

New admin and module APIs

Administrators can now search for rooms by their ID or alias. We hope this will be particularly useful for projects like synapse-admin! We've also exposed an API to allow admins to control Synapse's background updates. And while it's not strictly an API change, there's a small patch which makes it easier for homeservers to redirect matrix traffic to port 443.

Authors of pluggable modules have some new toys to play with. There's a way to listen for new events; a means to retrieve room state and the ability to edit a user's membership of a room.

Bug Fixes and Refactors

We fixed a variety of different bugs in this release, many of which were long-standing. It's good to see them dealt with! Worth mentioning in particular:

Additionally, work continues on improving type-checking coverage, both in Synapse and in Sygnal.

Sydent 2.5.1

This week also saw the release of Sydent 2.5.1, the reference implementation of a Matrix Identity Server. This is a minor release which mainly tidies up error handling to reduce the amount of noise in logs. It should also make it easier for us to diagnose some outstanding bugs which remain to be squashed.

Everything Else

In the background, we're still working away at implementing MSC3440 to facilitate threading. Early tests are promising. We're also exploring MSC2775 as a means to speed up room joins. Both will be long term projects that should hopefully reap major rewards for the Matrix ecosystem. Lastly, there's support for MSC3228 to allow identity servers to provide bespoke invites to spaces. We mentioned this last time in Sydent release notes; now we've got support for it on the Synapse side.

Please see the Synapse Release Notes for a complete list of changes in this release.

Synapse is a Free and Open Source Software project, and we'd like to extend our thanks to everyone who contributed to this release, including Dirk Klimpel, JohannesKleine, l00ptr, Nick Barrett, rogersheu, Samuel Philipp, Skyler Mäntysaari and Sumner Evans.

This Week in Matrix 2021-11-12

12.11.2021 18:50 — This Week in Matrix Thib

Matrix Live 🎙

This week my guest is Greg who's been organising the Ansible Contributor Summit on Matrix, and who is happy about it!

Dept of Spec 📜

anoa announces

Here's your weekly spec update! The heart of Matrix is the specification - and this is modified by Matrix Spec Change (MSC) proposals. Learn more about how the process works at https://spec.matrix.org/unstable/proposals.

MSC Status

New MSCs:

MSCs with proposed Final Comment Period:

  • No MSCs entered proposed FCP state this week.

MSCs in Final Comment Period:

Merged MSCs:

  • No MSCs were merged this week.

Spec Updates

Matrix v1.1 was released! Read the blog post here if you missed it; it summarises everything that's new in v1.1, as well as plans for the future. Now that the new spec build pipeline and release infrastructure is in place, we're aiming for roughly quarterly releases going forward. Thank you all for being so patient in the meantime!

Random Spec of the Week

The random spec of the week is... MSC1767: Extensible event types & fallback in Matrix (v2) (yes it really chose that).

Extensible events is something that has been a long time coming in Matrix. It unlocks so much potential, and is even currently being built on (see MSC3381 (polls)). Definitely one of the next big ticket items to tackle in the medium term.

Dept of Servers 🏢

Synapse

Synapse is the reference homeserver for Matrix

dmr says

Dan (aka callahad) is away this week, so let me report on his behalf.

We cut a release candidate for Synapse (1.47.0rc2, but see the changelog for rc1). It exposes new functionality for pluggable modules and new endpoints to the Admin API. We've fixed a bunch of long-standing bugs and continued to drive forward efforts to improve documentation and code quality. Thank you to all of our contributors!

With future releases in mind, we've been continuing work to support threading and E2EE application services. We've also been prototyping a new Admin API to remove users from all rooms belonging to a certain space.

Elsewhere, we've been doubling down on our effort to improve reliability and maintainability of our services as a whole. Sydent and Sygnal have a number of PRs in flight for both, aimed at improving type coverage and driving down error noise in the logs. We've drafted a blog post to summarise the process of type annotating mypy (keep your eyes out for that one). We also worked to make the matrix.org database more resilient, and made changes to improve the experience of rolling out upgrades to Synapse en masse.

Homeserver Deployment 📥️

Helm Chart

Matrix Kubernetes applications packaged into helm charts

Ananace says

Another week, another update on my Helm Charts - seeing element-web bumped to 1.9.4

Dept of Bridges 🌉

Vermicularis

mijutu announces

Vermicularis is a script for forwarding messages from Päikky to Matrix. Päikky is a parent-teacher communication website and mobile app for daycare and pre-school. git clone https://k2c42.dy.fi/git/vermicularis.git and join #paikky:ellipsis.fi to give feedback

mijutu also tells us

Päikky was created by a group of parents who wanted to make communication with daycare staff easier. They started a company and later sold it to Abilita. Päikky is currently used in 40+ municipalities in Finland and also in some private daycare companies too.

Päikky is also used for reserving daycare times for kids.

Heisenbridge

Heisenbridge is a bouncer-style Matrix IRC bridge.

hifi says

Release v1.6.0 🥳

  • Make reconnect loop more robust
  • Sensitive flag for MSG and NICKSERV to hide it from network room (for AUTOCMD)
  • Improved STATUS for admin room and simple STATUS for network rooms
  • Small fixes

Not much going on this week. Hopefully the reconnect refactor doesn't cause any breakage as it fixed multiple issues that have been around since the inception of Heisenbridge.

Vacuum your fix from GitHub, PyPI or matrix-docker-ansible-deploy!

Thanks!

Dept of Clients 📱

Nheko

Desktop client for Matrix using Qt and C++17.

Nico says

Do you love bugs as much as I do? ♥🐛♥

I guess not. For that reason bug fixing in Nheko for the next release continues. We fixed a super annoying issue, where loading keys from the online backup could make Nheko stuck in a flickering mode with no way to interact with it anymore. You can now also click anywhere on a read receipt to open someones profile instead of just their avaitar, edited messages now also show as redacted, if only the original message got redacted and don't lose the reply in encrypted rooms, if the edit was sent by a client, that is not Nheko. You also used to get logged out after registration, which should finally be resolved. There were also a bazillion translation updates! Thank you, everyone who contributed to those.

We also finally merged the prettier video player, which also fixes a video playback issue on macOS. Try it out and give us feedback on it!

We are still hunting down some last bugs, but expect the release soon now. In the meantime, I did start summarizing the changes, if you want to see what will be in the next release: https://github.com/Nheko-Reborn/nheko/blob/master/CHANGELOG.md#090----unreleased

That's all and have a great weekend!

Element

Everything related to Element but not strictly bound to a client

Nad announces

Threads

  • Message threading is coming to Element! If you haven’t yet, head to develop.element.io and ensure ‘Enable threading’ is turned on in Labs to test on the web.
  • We’re spinning up development on iOS & Android as we speak.
  • We’ll also be running the first Threads community testing session next Thursday (18th Nov) at 17:00 GMT. Come join us in #element-community-testing:matrix.org!
  • Threads are backed by MSC3440.

Polls

  • We also recently started implementing Polls.
  • On the web/desktop, we’ve implemented poll creation and displaying them in the timeline. Next up is implementing voting.
  • Mobile development started recently too, with Android slightly ahead of iOS.
  • Polls are backed by MSC3381.

Community Testing

  • As well as the community testing on Threads, we’ll also be hosting our next testing session for Android on Wednesday (17th), with the time to be confirmed. If you’d like to be involved, join us in #element-community-testing:matrix.org.

Element Web

  • In the background, if you’ve been paying close attention to our issue tracker, you might have noticed lots of changes to our triage & issue workflows over the past couple of months. We’re continuing to iterate on these, extending the best learnings to iOS & Android too.
  • We recently started a project to improve the info architecture/layout of our apps, starting on the web first. We’re merging our first tweaks and experiments soon, so expect exciting things to be landing on develop!
  • We’re continuing to implement more Space creation & management support on iOS. We’ve added in Space creation screens (implemented in SwiftUI!) and we’re polishing inviting people to Spaces.
  • We’ve also been conducting user research to see what parts of the app are tripping users up, and working on fixes to various issues. Expect tweaks to land soon!
  • Otherwise, we’re also merging & testing release candidates for upcoming releases, merging several branches.

Element Android

  • We’ve been conducting the same user research on Android, watch this space for more tweaks & improvements coming soon!
  • Otherwise, we’re also fixing up some smaller issues specific to Android 12.

Cinny

Cinny is a Matrix client focused on simplicity, elegance and security

ajbura reports

Features

  • Landing page redesign
    • Full UIAA implementation means now you can register an account on any hs that allow
    • Configure default homeserver with options to add more than one.
    • Can use http when looking for homeserver
  • Enhanced invite list UX
  • Added logout in loading screen
  • Hide pinned space notification from home icon
  • Add option to select role on roomCreation
  • Added Invite/disinvite option in profile viewer

Bugs

  • Fix commands activating anywhere in the input
  • Fix duplicate and minus notification count
  • Fix links splitting across line mid-word

Find more about Cinny at https://cinny.in/ Join our channel at: #cinny:matrix.org Github: https://github.com/ajbura/cinny Twitter: https://twitter.com/@cinnyapp

Dept of Non Clients 🎛️

time-to-matrix

The time command, but it sends the output to a Matrix room

Aine announces

It's time! time-to-matrix (ttm) v1.2.0.

A time-like command that will send end of an arbitrary command output and some other info (like exit status) to matrix room. Useful when you need to run something in terminal and get a ping when it's done.

Since the last ttm news in TWIM new options were added:

  • matrix auth with access token - useful for SSO when you don't have actual login/password pair
  • skip time info
  • skip html formatting (doubles allowed log size in message)
  • post full log output to matrix (with auto-shrinker to avoid "message is too big" error)

Source code, releases for all major platform and architectures, and #ttm:etke.cc room

Dept of SDKs and Frameworks 🧰

simplematrixbotlib

simplematrixbotlib is an easy to use bot library for the Matrix ecosystem written in Python and based on matrix-nio.

krazykirby99999 reports

Version 2.2.0 Released!

Version 2.2.0 adds support for authentication via access_tokens. In addition to username/access_token, it is possible to authenticate using username/password and login(SSO) token.

Example usage is shown below:

"""
Example Usage:

random_user
      !echo something

echo_bot
      something
"""

import simplematrixbotlib as botlib

creds = botlib.Creds(
    homeserver="https://example.org",
    username="echo_bot",
    access_token="syt_c2...DTJ",
    )
bot = botlib.Bot(creds)
PREFIX = '!'


@bot.listener.on_message_event
async def echo(room, message):
    match = botlib.MessageMatch(room, message, bot, PREFIX)

    if match.is_not_from_this_bot() and match.prefix() and match.command(
            "echo"):

        await bot.api.send_text_message(room.room_id,
                                        " ".join(arg for arg in match.args()))


bot.run()

Request additional features here.

View source on Github View package on PyPi View docs on readthedocs.io Join Matrix Room

Halcyon

Halcyon is an easy to use matrix library inspired by discord.py

gen3 announces

Hello again! Halcyon is a Matrix bot library created with the intention of being easy to install and use. This release brings minor non-breaking features and some bug fixes:

  • Added
    • change_presence() now allows you to set if you are online, idle, or away. Status message support
    • Roadmap and documentation updates
  • Fixed
    • A fix for retrying on 5xx errors
    • A better catch for bad server syncs
    • Windows support, fixing the NotImplementedError reported by @bhuitt (Thanks!)

More info at on the project at https://github.com/WesR/Halcyon . Come by and chat with us over in https://matrix.to/#/#halcyon:blackline.xyz

Dept of Events and Talks 🗣️

Berlin Meetup

ChristianP announces

Heads up for those in Berlin. You're welcome to join us Tuesday, 16th Nov at 7:00 PM chatting about Matrix development and hosting. We're going to meet in person at c-base. In compliance with the hackerspace's house rules this is a strict 2G event.

We'll talk about everyone's Matrix projects, test the P2P demo via Bluetooth in person and plan the presence of Matrix at the rC3 event happening in the c-base shortly before New Years.

If possible, join our #matrix-berlin:matrix.org room.

Dept of Interesting Projects 🛰️

Mish reports

"Sign in with Matrix" is a web component, which developers can use to build a web login using Matrix account

it is similar to those "Sign in with Google" and "Sign in with Facebook" buttons you see on the internet but now it's Matrix!

i invite you to take a look at the repository: https://github.com/mishushakov/signin-with-matrix and experience a demo: https://mishushakov.github.io/signin-with-matrix/

Dept of Ping 🏓

Here we reveal, rank, and applaud the homeservers with the lowest ping, as measured by pingbot, a maubot that you can host on your own server.

#ping:maunium.net

Join #ping:maunium.net to experience the fun live, and to find out how to add YOUR server to the game.

RankHostnameMedian MS
1envs.net612
2matrix.org750.5
3sumnerevans.com774
4maunium.net775
5matrix.markshorten.co.uk792
6aria-net.org1002
7nevarro.space1097
8schoepski.de1226.5
9trygve.me1286
10kif.rocks1748.5

#ping-no-synapse:maunium.net

Join #ping-no-synapse:maunium.net to experience the fun live, and to find out how to add YOUR server to the game.

RankHostnameMedian MS
1jae.su284
2sspaeth.de296
3devnullsystem.org370.5
4grin.hu482
5dendrite.neilalexander.dev974.5
6matrix.awesomesheep48.me1255.5
7dendrite.s3cr3t.me1500
8dendrite.matrix.org8288

That's all I know 🏁

See you next week, and be sure to stop by #twim:matrix.org with your updates!

Matrix v1.1 release

09.11.2021 21:28 — Releases Travis Ralston
Last update: 09.11.2021 16:06

Hey all,

Once again it's been a little while since we've done a spec release (sorry; we're aiming for quarterly releases from here on out), but this time we have some pretty big news: we've got an all-new spec platform and a new versioning scheme. The new spec platform has been needed for a long time to make better sense of what Matrix is, and as part of getting that out the door we reduced the number of "Matrix versions" to just one.

Huge thanks to Will Bamberg for building it out for us, anoa for working out the deployment details, and everyone for testing it all. They talk at length about what this specification even is and about the platform itself on Matrix Live S6E19. It's the single greatest improvement to the spec we've seen to date.

The new versioning scheme presents the whole specification as a single document, making it easier to check compatibility between implementations and the spec itself. Previously, a grid would have to be drawn to show whether Server-Server r0.1.4 is compatible with Client-Server r0.6.1 - while obvious at release time, the historical context gets lost quite easily. Now, with a single version number, the entire specification is compatible across a single version number: servers implementing Matrix 1.1 will be compatible with clients implementing v1.1, and vice versa. For the specification itself, this means we no longer have to carefully point and update links between the APIs, as they'll instead be versioned together.

Changing the versioning of the specification does have an impact on the Client-Server API in particular, however. You may have noticed that Client-Server APIs are currently versioned at "r0". By removing rX.Y.Z versioning, all of the endpoints suddenly don't have a version to reference. All endpoints across the specification are now versioned individually to allow for breaking changes at the endpoint level. They no longer require the whole specification to be listed as a breaking change: a v1 endpoint can get additions/changes which are backwards compatible, but if we need to change format (for example) then it'll get bumped up to v2, leaving v1 in its last known state.

For the Client-Server API, a slight complication is that v1 and v2 (alpha) are already versions familiar to those that have been around for a while - to avoid confusing those people, existing Client-Server API endpoints will start at v3. New endpoints introduced after v1.1 will start at v1 instead.

It's been well over a year since the last release, which means there's a whole lot of features and changes to cover. Here we'll try to cover the things most clients/servers will have to worry about, but we do still recommend reading through the changelog included below. Overall, 28 MSCs have been merged through this release, but some have had to be excluded in the interest of getting the spec release out there. Many of them are expected to be in the next anticipated release (which should hopefully be next quarter).

Clients: There's a lot of stuff

In Matrix 1.1, client developers get all sorts of new features to play with. Clients which support end-to-end encryption should explore key backups, cross-signing, SSSS, and breaking changes to verification. Quite a lot of this stuff has existed for a while, but has made it into the specification formally now. As an added bonus, the emoji for SAS verification have been translated (contribute here).

Knocking has also landed in the spec (thanks Sorunome for leading the charge on this!), opening up the ability for rooms to optionally allow people to request invites to join. This can be helpful for semi-private rooms where it can be easier to approve/deny requests compared to finding someone's MXID and manually inviting them. This does require a v7 room to work, however.

Thanks again to Sorunome, Message Spoilers have been officially included in Matrix. People can now safely discuss the ending to the latest movie without being banned for spoilers. Though, as a new feature, there's a chance that the spoiler text still gets included in the message: clients should update as soon as possible to avoid their users accidentally getting banned for spoiling the conclusion to the Spaces saga ;)

There's a few other smaller improvements/additions, and of course the regular "various clarifications and bug fixes" to take a look at. For a sample checklist, check out element-web's issue on the subject.

Servers: Knock knock, it's a new room version

Room version 7 has landed, bringing forth the ability for users to knock on rooms (requesting an invite to join). The changes are largely scoped to using the reserved keywords for join rules and membership, and are described through the auth rules. Thankfully, the changes over v6 are minimally invasive so should be quick to implement.

Additionally, the cross-signing bits have been included in the API responses and EDU definitions. Matthew's blog post from last year (it really has been that long...) describes cross-signing and the history of its implementation.

As per usual, there's also various specification errors corrected to aid understanding. Synapse has an exhaustive issue to detail what servers might need to do.

PS: Room versions 8 and 9 are also out there, but will be included in a future spec release.

The full changelog

We haven't mentioned identity servers, bridges, etc in this post but they have changes too! Below is the whole changelog, the entire year and a bit of it. Thank you to everyone who has submitted MSCs, and congratulations on getting them released. If we forgot yours, please mention it in #matrix-spec:matrix.org so we can apologize and correct.

PS: The MSC process is how changes to Matrix are made, and you (yes, you) can propose those changes too. Check out the Matrix Live episode where Matthew talks about how this process works, and how we avoid blocking clients from implementing their proposals behind the relatively slow spec release cycles.

Client-Server API

Breaking Changes

  • Document curve25519-hkdf-sha256 key agreement method for SAS verification, and deprecate old method as per MSC2630. (#2687)
  • Add m.key.verification.ready and m.key.verification.done to key verification framework as per MSC2366. (#3139)

Deprecations

  • Deprecate starting verifications that don't start with m.key.verification.request as per MSC3122. (#3199)

New Endpoints

  • Add key backup (/room_keys/*) endpoints as per MSC1219. (#2387, #2639)
  • Add POST /keys/device_signing/upload and POST /keys/signatures/upload as per MSC1756. (#2536)
  • Add /knock endpoint as per MSC2403. (#3154)
  • Add /login/sso/redirect/{idpId} as per MSC2858. (#3163)

Removed Endpoints

  • Remove unimplemented m.login.oauth2 and m.login.token user-interactive authentication mechanisms as per MSC2610 and MSC2611. (#2609)

Backwards Compatible Changes

  • Document how clients can advise recipients that it is withholding decryption keys as per MSC2399. (#2399)
  • Add cross-signing properties to the response of POST /keys/query as per MSC1756. (#2536)
  • Document Secure Secret Storage and Sharing as per MSC1946 and MSC2472. (#2597)
  • Add a device_id parameter to login fallback as per MSC2604. (#2709)
  • Added a common set of translations for SAS Emoji. (#2728)
  • Added support for reason on all membership events and related endpoints as per MSC2367. (#2795)
  • Add a 404 M_NOT_FOUND error to push rule endpoints as per MSC2663. (#2796)
  • Make reason and score parameters optional in the content reporting API as per MSC2414. (#2807)
  • Allow guests to get the list of members for a room as per MSC2689. (#2808)
  • Add support for spoilers as per MSC2010 and MSC2557, and color attribute as per MSC2422. (#3098)
  • Add <details> and <summary> to the suggested HTML subset as per MSC2184. (#3100)
  • Add key verification using in-room messages as per MSC2241. (#3139, #3150)
  • Add information about using SSSS for cross-signing and key backup. (#3147)
  • Add key verification method using QR codes as per MSC1544. (#3149)
  • Document how clients can simplify usage of Secure Secret Storage as per MSC2874. (#3151)
  • Add support for knocking, as per MSC2403. (#3154, #3254)
  • Multiple SSO providers are possible through m.login.sso as per MSC2858. (#3163)
  • Add device_id to /account/whoami response as per MSC2033. (#3166)
  • Downgrade identity server discovery failures to FAIL_PROMPT as per MSC2284. (#3169)
  • Re-version all endpoints to be v3 as a starting point instead of r0 as per MSC2844. (#3421)

Spec Clarifications

  • Fix issues with age and unsigned being shown in the wrong places. (#2591)
  • Fix definitions for room version capabilities. (#2592)
  • Fix various typos throughout the specification. (#2594, #2599, #2809, #2878, #2885, #2888, #3116, #3339)
  • Clarify link to OpenID Connect specification. (#2605)
  • Clarify the behaviour of SSO login and UI-Auth. (#2608)
  • Remove spurious room_id from /sync examples. (#2629)
  • Reorganize information in Push Notifications module for clarity. (#2634)
  • Improve consistency and clarity of event schema titles. (#2647)
  • Fix schema issues in m.key.verification.accept and secret storage. (#2653)
  • Reword "UI Authorization" to "User-Interactive Authentication" to be more clear. (#2667)
  • Fix schemas for push rule actions to represent their alternative object form. (#2669)
  • Fix usage of highlight tweak for consistency. (#2670)
  • Clarify the behaviour of state for /sync with lazy-loading. (#2754)
  • Clarify description of m.room.redaction event. (#2814)
  • Mark messages as a required JSON body field in PUT /_matrix/client/r0/sendToDevice/{eventType}/{txnId} calls. (#2928)
  • Correct examples of client_secret request body parameters so that they do not include invalid characters. (#2985)
  • Fix example MXC URI for m.presence. (#3091)
  • Clarify that event bodies are untrusted, as per MSC2801. (#3099)
  • Fix the maximum event size restriction (65535 bytes -> 65536). (#3127)
  • Update Access-Control-Allow-Headers recommendation to fit CORS specification. (#3225)
  • Explicitly state that replacement_room is a room ID in m.room.tombstone events. (#3233)
  • Clarify that all request bodies are required. (#3238, #3332)
  • Add missing titles to some scheams. (#3330)
  • Add User-Interactive Authentication fields to cross-signing APIs as per MSC1756. (#3331)
  • Mention that a canonical alias event should be added when a room is created with an alias. (#3337)
  • Add an 'API conventions' section to the Appendices. (#3350)
  • Clarify the documentation around the pagination tokens used by /sync, /rooms/{room_id}/messages, /initialSync, /rooms/{room_id}/initialSync, and /notifications. (#3353)
  • Remove the inaccurate 'Pagination' section. (#3366)
  • Clarify how redacted_because is meant to work. (#3411)
  • Remove extraneous mimetype from EncryptedFile examples, as per MSC2582. (#3412)
  • Describe how MSC2844 affects the /versions endpoint. (#3420)
  • Fix documentation errors around threepid_creds. (#3471)

Server-Server API

New Endpoints

  • Add /make_knock and /send_knock endpoints as per MSC2403. (#3154)

Backwards Compatible Changes

  • Add cross-signing information to GET /user/keys and GET /user/devices/{userId}, m.device_list_update EDU, and a new m.signing_key_update EDU as per MSC1756. (#2536)
  • Add support for knocking, as per MSC2403. (#3154)

Spec Clarifications

  • Specify that GET /_matrix/federation/v1/make_join/{roomId}/{userId} can return a 404 if the room is unknown. (#2688)
  • Fix various typos throughout the specification. (#2888, #3116, #3128, #3207)
  • Correct the /_matrix/federation/v1/user/devices/{userId} response which actually returns "self_signing_key" instead of "self_signing_keys". (#3312)
  • Explain the reasons why <hostname> TLS certificate is needed rather than <delegated_hostname> for SRV delegation. (#3322)
  • Tweak the example PDU diagram to better demonstrate situations with multiple prev_events. (#3340)

Application Service API

Spec Clarifications

  • Fix various typos throughout the specification. (#2888)

Identity Service API

New Endpoints

  • Add GET /_matrix/identity/versions API as per MSC2320. (#3101)

Removed Endpoints

  • The v1 identity service API has been removed in favour of the v2 API, as per MSC2713. (#3170)

Spec Clarifications

  • Fix various typos throughout the specification. (#2888)
  • Clarify that some identifiers must be case folded prior to processing, as per MSC2265. (#3167, #3176)
  • Describe how MSC2844 affects the /versions endpoint. (#3459)

Push Gateway API

Spec Clarifications

  • Clarify where to get information about the various parameter values for the notify endpoint. (#2763)

This Week in Matrix 2021-11-05

05.11.2021 20:02 — This Week in Matrix Thib
Last update: 05.11.2021 18:48

Matrix Live 🎙

This week we have demos from andybalaam, showcasing high contrast in Element Web/Desktop, Bruno walking us through device dehydration in Hydrogen and Kegan giving us a glimpse of Sync v3! A lot of exciting work going on here!

Dept of Spec 📜

anoa reports

Here's your weekly spec update! The heart of Matrix is the specification - and this is modified by Matrix Spec Change (MSC) proposals. Learn more about how the process works at https://spec.matrix.org/unstable/proposals.

MSC Status

New MSCs:

MSCs with proposed Final Comment Period:

  • No MSCs entered proposed FCP state this week.

MSCs in Final Comment Period:

  • No MSCs are in FCP.

Merged MSCs:

Spec Updates

The spec release mentioned last week is happening on Tuesday - look out for a long blog post explaining all the changes, and check out the new platform (as it stands in its current, unstable state) before it goes live. Exciting stuff!

Random Spec of the Week

The random spec of the week is... MSC3217: Soft kicks!

Other than this sounding like something out of a workout routine, soft kicks are proposed as a hint to clients that the user has been kicked from the room, but that it was not out of moderation, but for a technical reason (the example given disconnection from an IRC network). The client can then present a different UX as opposed to a normal, "hard" kick.

Give it a read and provide feedback if the topic interests you!

Dept of Servers 🏢

Synapse

Synapse is the reference homeserver for Matrix

callahad announces

This week we released Synapse 1.46! This release includes a fix for the performance regression from 1.44 which could cause smaller hosts to lock up when clients reconnected after some time offline.

Synapse 1.46 also includes experimental support for MSC3440: Threading via m.thread relation, a big step toward threaded messaging in Matrix. It's otherwise mainly a bugfix release, as we've spent much of our time reviewing infrastructure and making plans to improve our resilience should we experience hardware failures similar to what took out matrix.org two weeks ago.

We continue working toward a prototype implementation of MSC2775: Lazy loading over federation, starting with setting up automated infrastructure to repeatedly measure the join speeds of assorted large, public rooms. Our goal is to have a rough proof of concept for lazy room joins by the end of the year.

We also released Sydent 2.5.0! In addition to fixing bugs, this release passes mypy --strict, uses Jinja2 for templates, and supports the room_type field from MSC3288 to better differentiate between invitations to rooms and invitations to Spaces.

Threads! Awesome! And lazy loading over the federation looks really promising, I can't wait for it.

Homeserver Deployment 📥️

Helm Chart

Matrix Kubernetes applications packaged into helm charts

Ananace announces

As is routine at this point; My Helm Charts have seen updates, with matrix-synapse bumping to 1.46.0

Keep your infra up to date, folks!

Dept of Bridges 🌉

mx-puppet-*

Sorunome [m] announces

Soru has not found any time to work on the mx-puppet-* project in very long. At this point, it makes sense to look for someone / multiple people to inherit the project to. So, if you are willing to pick it up, or part of it (like a single bridge, only the library, etc.), then please look by #mx-puppet-bridge:sorunome.de. Thanks!

It's always sad when maintainers don't have time for former projects, but you can take over!

mautrix-whatsapp

A Matrix-WhatsApp puppeting bridge

tulir says

mautrix-whatsapp v0.2.0 was released. The main change is switching to the new WhatsApp multidevice API, which means the phone doesn't need to be connected 24/7 anymore. The release also includes a new backfilling system using MSC2716, and making the relaybot mode less special-cased and more like what mautrix-signal does.

Heisenbridge

Heisenbridge is a bouncer-style Matrix IRC bridge.

hifi reports

Release v1.5.0 🥳

  • Allow opening multiple simultaneous connections to the same network
  • New STOP/STAHP ROOM command to end a long paste flood
  • Clear channel send queue if the user gets kicked to prevent continuing flood on rejoin
  • New KB ROOM command to do a proper kick & ban (contributed by GitHub user @blastrock, thanks!)

The most useful feature this week is having the ability to open multiple connections to the same network. This can be used to plumb channels with a secondary connection while using the bridge as yourself with the main one. You can also STAHP long pastes from being actually sent out completely to a channel if you weren't careful enough on Matrix side.

Upgrading from previous version to v1.5.0 will cause a small migration for every channel/pm that is open so it might take a little longer for the first startup to complete. If no multiple network connections are opened it is safe to downgrade but if someone uses the feature it will cause shenanigans for the duplicate networks in the older version.

Inject your fix from GitHub, PyPI or matrix-docker-ansible-deploy!

Thanks!

As always, Heisenbridge being thoughtful towards our IRC peers.

Dept of Clients 📱

Nheko

Desktop client for Matrix using Qt and C++17.

Nico reports

We are preparing for a release! That means, if you are translator, we could use your help to get our translations updated and if you want to have a bug fixed before release, now is the time to report it or complain about it! Please come and see us in #nheko:nheko.im for complaints and questions!

We saw a lot of translation updates by Linerly, Priit and Thulinma already. The click ghosting issue in the room list should be fixed as well as the crash when accepting an invite from your browser. You can now register on matrix.org again, after fighting with some... reality deforming wording in the spec. Notifications on macOS now use the "modern" API for notifications, including grouping notifications by room. (Expect more fancy improvements there in the future!) The warning about mentioning the whole room now vanishes properly, hiding space children from the roomlist now doesn't hide them from the space itself anymore, the loading spinner shouldn't show in a fully loaded room again, the room directory search bar is now focused by default and a few smaller fixes.

We also completed the bootstrapping UI now. This means you get prompted for unverified devices, when your device isn't verified or when cross-signing isn't configured for your account yet and you are given ways to remedy that.

We have a few more bug fixes we want to land before the release, so don't expect it tomorrow, but we have the featureset down now. And if you thought the changes listed in this snippet are long, wait for the full release changelog. It will probably take a few days for me to tidy that up and I think this will be our biggest release yet! Happy testing, everyone!

Hydrogen

Hydrogen is a lightweight matrix client with legacy and mobile browser support

Bruno reports

Device dehydration support got released this week in 0.2.20 (see matrix live demo!), allowing you to decrypt messages sent to you while not logged in on any device. Expect another release this evening (0.2.21) with support for multiple lines in the composer and some other bug fixes.

Fractal

Matrix messaging app for GNOME written in Rust.

Alexandre Franke says

To adapt to changes in libadwaita, Marco Melorio removed a deprecated class. In the meantime, enterprisey fixed the build by updating the Matrix Rust SDK dependency and improved Secret Service error handling.

After being away for a few month, Kévin Commaille came back with a blast. No less than three MR already, and I have a feeling he’s only getting started:

As usual, Julian reviewed and merged all the above work, and did some of his own:

We'll refrain from asking when Fractal-Next is due! It's starting to take shape!

Element

Everything related to Element but not strictly bound to a client

Thib reports

  • We’re continuing to flesh out space creation screens on iOS, improving the invite flows post creation for private and public spaces.
  • We’re continuing to iterate on the overall app layout on Web, to fix fundamental usability issues.
    • Expect to see some changes on develop soon, rearranging the top left corner of the app (user avatar, space names, context menu).
    • Expect to see larger experiments landing on develop soon too. We’ll share more info on these when they’re live, and everything will be opt out to not break existing workflows while we’re testing and experimenting.

Element Web/Desktop

Secure and independent communication, connected via Matrix. Come talk with us in #element-web:matrix.org!

kittykat says

  • Released Element Web 1.9.4RC
  • Community testing session ran successfully on RC with a focus on voice messages and VoIP calls. We found significantly fewer issues and regressions than in the previous sessions. It was great to see 9 newcomers - thank you to all of our testers who helped out!
  • Improved our sentry analytics data to provide more useful detail.
  • Redesigned the device management section in the user settings. The new view makes it clearer how to rename devices and lets you verify them.
  • This week in labs (features in labs can be accessed at develop.element.io and nightly desktop builds):
    • Threads now has a more polished UI and users can now link to events in a thread. Notifications for threads messages are being worked on and should land very soon.

Element iOS

Secure and independent communication for iOS, connected via Matrix. Come talk with us in #element-ios:matrix.org!

Thib reports

  • We worked on stabilization in order to fix a couple of bugs and crashes found in last releases.
  • We started to work on poll feature.
  • We started to work on threading feature.

Element Android

Secure and independent communication for Android, connected via Matrix. Come talk with us in #element-android:matrix.org!

Thib says

  • Release 1.3.6 is finally live on the PlayStore! Release 1.3.7 is expected for the beginning of next week.
  • We have started to implement threading of messages.
  • Draft for voice message has been delayed, we want to ensure that it’s working well before releasing it.
  • We are doing lots of internal migrations: Dagger to Hild, MvRx to Mavericks2, Rx to coroutines Flow.
  • And as always, we are trying to keep the app as stable as possible, and as reliable as possible
  • It’s also worth noting that the SDK 1.3.6 has some improvements in the login API, not needed for Element Android, but requested by other users of the SDK.

Dept of SDKs and Frameworks 🧰

Godot-Matrix

houkime reports

Godot-Matrix is a C++ module for connecting to Matrix from the Godot Game Engine. I refurbished it and the changes made it upstream now ^_^, thx vurpo! :
https://www.matrix.org/docs/projects/sdk/godot-matrix/

Changes:

  • Fixed compilation for 3.x Godot branch
  • Support plain http too for local tests with Conduit
  • Respect port numbers (as per Matrix spec)
  • Substantial rewrite of the example so it works

Refurbishment made with love for the participants of FediJam 4, a weeklong gamedev competition with the focus on fediverse and federated multiplayer (via Matrix or any other means ^_^). It starts this Sunday at 18:00 UTC. Chat

Matrix-Rust-SDK-Bot-Framework-Helper

A toolkit for writing commandbots more efficient in rust for matrix.

MTRNord announces

MRSBFH is now available on crates.io.

Unlike other "overlay" style crates it does not follow the sdk versions using its own version number or using features. So please make sure you use the right version of the SDK with it.

Also it now has support for rusttls, the ! at the start of a command now gets correctly checked and is updated to the latest sdk.

You can check it out at https://crates.io/crates/mrsbfh and https://github.com/MTRNord/mrsbfh

Halcyon

Halcyon is an easy to use matrix library inspired by discord.py

gen3 announces

This release brings some new non-breaking features and a small fix:

  • Added
    • on_ready, called once the bot has logged in and online
    • send_typing, allowing the bot to signal it has received your message with the client typing event
    • improved documentation (including how to set the poll interval)
  • Fixed
    • A sync failure when Homeservers sometimes reject or return a non json response

More info at on the project at https://github.com/WesR/Halcyon . Come by and chat with us over in https://matrix.to/#/#halcyon:blackline.xyz

Dept of Ops 🛠

Mother Miounne

The backoffice of etke.cc service

Aine announces

Mother Miounne v2.1.0

New release of the Commander of etke.cc backoffice is coming here! New version brings new neat features and extends arsenal of the antispam tricks:

  • buymeacoffee listings integration - pretty basic, but that's just a first step! So now you can list subscribers, supporters and extras purchases directly in matrix room (spolier: next releases will bring notifications about new subscribers, supporters and purchases)
  • rate limiter for http forms - no one can bother you if you don't want that! So now you can configure specific rate limits per form
  • enhanced email validation (mostly used in the forms module) - you had spam hosts and emails list before, but now you have MX records checks, regular expressions check and some other useful tricks to hold the door stop spammers
  • ... and some small changes, like doc updates and auto-shrink of long messages to fit into matrix payload limits

Check out the source code, releases, docker images and say hello in #miounne:etke.cc

Dept of Bots 🤖

matrix-vacation-responder

Sumner Evans says

I created a Vacation Responder for Matrix. While running, it responds to any DMs that come in to your account with a preset message. It can be configured to only respond once in a given period of time (defaults to 24 hours) so that the person contacting you can queue up questions for you when you return. Other ways to use the bot include responding to DMs to previously active accounts (for example if you move homeservers). Join the discussion about this bot at #matrix-vacation-responder:nevarro.space.

Dept of Events and Talks 🗣️

SeaGL (the Seattle GNU/Linux Conference)

Salt announces

SeaGL (the Seattle GNU/Linux Conference) is being held on Matrix Friday and Saturday, November 5th and 6th, from 9am-5pm Pacific Time. The conference is running on a customized version of element-web and a regional Matrix homeserver, found at https://attend.seagl.org

Founded in 2013, this is the conference's ninth year overall and second virtual event. Last year, the all-volunteer team built their portal on-top of KiwiIRC and Jitsi for attendees, and BigBlueButton for speakers. This year they have been relying heavily on Spaces, Subspaces, and the built-in features that have been rapidly developing within the Matrix protocol.

From their website:

SeaGL (the Seattle GNU/Linux Conference) is a free—as in freedom and tea—grassroots technical summit dedicated to spreading awareness and knowledge about free / libre / open source software, hardware, and culture.

SeaGL strives to be welcoming, enjoyable, and informative for professional technologists, newcomers, enthusiasts, and all other users of free software, regardless of their background knowledge; providing a space to bridge these experiences and strengthen the free software movement through mentorship, collaboration, and community.

FrOSCon

Oleg announces

The recording of the talk at the FrOSCon this year (in 🇩🇪) about Opsdroid with AI/ML (Rasa NLU) 😉

Dept of Guides 🧭

Cadair reports

Following a question from someone about getting started with Matrix bots, I wrote a super quick getting started guide to writing a simple bot with opsdroid. I will probably integrate this into the opsdroid docs, or somewhere more accessible in the future, but for now here it is: https://gist.github.com/Cadair/2c64cb46fdce7499ff1c0bbb116ce29e

Being an innocent child, I asked:

are you aware of projects relying on opsdroid to make a Matrix bot? Other than half of the very famous TWIM bot 😇

Cadair answered

I have written a few (https://github.com/Cadair/skill-motw, https://github.com/Cadair/skill-intersphinx, https://github.com/Cadair/skill-jitsi) I know that Oleg has also written a number, including many which interact with homeassistant.

I can also go and ask for examples in #opsdroid-general:matrix.org if you like?

I didn't know what I had started! We almost became This Week in Opsdroid! Fortunately the Matrix community is very active and helped us keeping sovereignty over the blog. Phew!

There are too many to list here, but I strongly encourage you to blend in with the opsdroid community. Not only are these kind people, they are also very active and develop fancy and useful bots!

Matrix in the News 📰

Pascal brought to our attention a nice guide from the Fedora Magazine on how to have multiple matrix sessions with Element on Fedora.

Dept of Ping 🏓

Here we reveal, rank, and applaud the homeservers with the lowest ping, as measured by pingbot, a maubot that you can host on your own server.

#ping:maunium.net

Join #ping:maunium.net to experience the fun live, and to find out how to add YOUR server to the game.

RankHostnameMedian MS
1boba.best529
2heitkoetter.net765
3maescool.be873
4envs.net886
5aria-net.org926
6matrix.markshorten.co.uk1201
7mailstation.de3555.5
8trygve.me3853.5
9jauriarts.org4394.5
10matrix.liamgooch.com4445

#ping-no-synapse:maunium.net

Join #ping-no-synapse:maunium.net to experience the fun live, and to find out how to add YOUR server to the game.

RankHostnameMedian MS
1ma.0x.no424
2jae.su448
3weasy-is-my.name453
4dendrite.neilalexander.dev1179
5matrix.awesomesheep48.me1318
60x1a8510f2.space1818.5
7dendrite01.fiksel.info2218
8dendrite.matrix.org9999

That's all I know 🏁

See you next week, and be sure to stop by #twim:matrix.org with your updates!

Synapse 1.46.0 released

02.11.2021 00:00 — Releases Dan Callahan

Synapse 1.46.0 is out now and includes support for Ubuntu 21.10: Impish Indri.

This release includes a fix for a performance regression that surfaced in Synapse 1.44.

Progress on Threading

While still disabled by default, we're beginning to land code in Synapse to support threaded discussions in Matrix. In particular, the m.thread event relationship defined in MSC3440 is now implemented behind a configuration flag.

There are still many open questions here, and MSC3440 has not yet been approved to merge into the Matrix spec, but it's a start. Threading is essential to Matrix's continued growth and adoption, and we're excited to provide server-side support to this effort.

Bug Fixes and Refactors

This release is mostly comprised of bug fixes and improvements to static typing. Of note:

  • The export-data admin command now works and is tested in CI. This command helps server administrators respond to GDPR Subject Access Requests.
  • A weeks-long effort to refactor how Synapse validates the auth_events field of incoming PDUs has concluded, resolving a few corner cases which could incorrectly allow events into the room state which should instead be rejected.
  • Further static type hints have been added to Synapse, improving our precise type coverage to 85% of all lines. Currently, 13% of the Python files in synapse/ are skipped during mypy runs. We'd like to cut this in half by the end of the year, as well as increasing overall precise coverage in the codebase.

Sydent 2.5.0

This week also saw the release of Sydent 2.5.0, the reference implementation of a Matrix Identity Server. In addition to fixing bugs, Sydent 2.5.0 passes mypy --strict, uses Jinja2 for templates, and supports the room_type field from MSC3288 to better differentiate between invitations to rooms and invitations to Spaces.

Everything Else

  • The Admin API to create or modify accounts now accepts a user_type field, allowing for accounts to be set as belonging to bots or support staff.
  • Password auth providers can now be implemented using the new pluggable extension module APIs.

Please see the Synapse Release Notes for a complete list of changes in this release.

Synapse is a Free and Open Source Software project, and we'd like to extend our thanks to everyone who contributed to this release, including aaronraimist, AndrewFerr, dklimpel, and Legogris.

This Week in Matrix 2021-10-29

29.10.2021 18:56 — This Week in Matrix Thib

Matrix Live 🎙

This week my guest is Element's Kat who conducted various Community Testing Sessions. If you want to learn more about it, why Kat is conducting them, and how you can help, have a look at it!

Dept of Social Good 🙆

Denise reports

TL;DR: Europe is close to officially regulating big corporations and forcing them to open their silos via the Digital Markets Act. Element joined forces with other companies to make sure that the members of the European Commission about to vote on the regulation knew how important it is.

Matrix was created to break the silos, as an interoperable layer for all communications. We wanted to ensure people had the ability to choose where their data is stored, and had the choice of interface to access them. This was also a good way to enable better competition and innovation in the communication space, forcing the players to compete on value add. But whilst Matrix is already a 39M users open network in itself, it could be even better if the bigger silos decided to open up and participate into it.

In December last year, as part of the Digital Markets Act (DMA), the European Commission proposed to update the competition law for digital markets with rules mandating ‘gatekeeping’ platforms to open up, in order to enable innovation and data sovereignty.

This move is so aligned with Matrix and Element’s mission, that Element joined over twenty other organisations to launch the Coalition for Competitive Digital Markets on Tuesday the 26th. The coalition supports stronger rules for large online platforms in the DMA, calling for amendments to it to make sure that major services offer a public API to interact with their core services and to ban the pre-installation and default setting of core platform apps.

Matrix is a perfect example of how technology can thrive through openness and collaboration. We will bring our experiences of using federated and decentralised technologies to MEPs and Council members, in the hope for a regulatory framework which supports European innovation, competition and interoperability.

For more information and to sign our open letter, check out our website: competitivedigitalmarkets.eu

Dept of Spec 📜

anoa says

Here's your weekly spec update! The heart of Matrix is the specification - and this is modified by Matrix Spec Change (MSC) proposals. Learn more about how the process works at https://spec.matrix.org/unstable/proposals.

MSC Status

New MSCs:

  • There were no new MSCs created this week.

MSCs with proposed Final Comment Period:

  • No MSCs entered proposed FCP state this week.

MSCs in Final Comment Period:

Merged MSCs:

Spec Updates

Matrix 1.1 is just around the corner! The team continues to work hard on getting the infrastructure surrounding the new release process set up, as well as reviewing MSCs, including the ones you can see above!

The current speculative release date is in about a week or two. Keep your eyes peeled!

Random Spec of the Week

The random spec of the week is... MSC3192: Batch state endpoint!

This is one of those MSCs that will likely be sorely needed at some point in time, but currently hasn't gotten a lot of attention. I can think of all sorts of usecases for this (on top of the many that the MSC puts forwards). Go ahead and give it a read!

Dept of Servers 🏢

Synapse

Synapse is the reference homeserver for Matrix

callahad says

Over the weekend, one of the servers backing matrix.org suffered a hardware failure, leading to around half an hour of downtime as we failed over to another system. Remediating and monitoring that has been the focus of much of the Synapse team over the past week.

We also shipped a release candidate for Synapse 1.46, due for formal release next week. Notably, we believe this solves a performance regression which was introduced in Synapse 1.44. If you've been experiencing long hangs or other periods of unresponsiveness, please try upgrading to 1.46.0rc1 and let us know if it resolves your issues.

The Synapse team has also decided to aim for building a rough prototype of MSC2775: Lazy loading over federation by the end of the year, in hopes that this will pave the way to extremely fast joins of large rooms.

We're also continuing to work on static type checking in our projects: As of today, Sydent passes mypy --strict! We hope to write about what we've learned in the near future.

dmr says

Here's an addendum about Sydent. We can see the results of our efforts visually, thanks to mypy's reporting options. Two different metrics show increasing coverage since our typing efforts began in the summer. The grey strip shows the last fortnight's sprint in particular.

Homeserver Deployment 📥️

Helm Chart

Matrix Kubernetes applications packaged into helm charts

Ananace says

And as always, this week brings with it updates to my Helm Charts - with element-web being updated to 1.9.3

Dept of Bridges 🌉

MAM support for Bifröst

uhoreg reports

One of the shortfalls facing XMPP users of the Bifröst Matrix bridge is the lack of support for Message Archive Management (MAM), which allows XMPP users to retrieve messages sent when they are offline, when they come online next time. Sunday Nkwuda and Olatunji Ajayi, with help from Pirate Praveen, are planning on writing support for MAM in XMPP.js (the XMPP library that Bifrost uses), and then adding MAM support to Bifröst. Since this requires some dedicated full-time effort, they are fundraising to support this project at https://opencollective.com/mam-plugin-for-xmppjs. Many thanks to the XMPP Standards Foundation for serving as fiscal host for the fundraising.

Heisenbridge

Heisenbridge is a bouncer-style Matrix IRC bridge.

hifi reports

Release v1.4.0 🥳

  • Free form AUTOCMD after joining a channel, per channel
  • Automatic rejoin on invite or kick (invite enabled by default)
  • AVATAR network room command to set avatars for IRC users (admin only)
  • WHOIS room command for PMs, PART for channels
  • Add ROOM command in network room to run channel room commands safely
  • Move PLUMBCFG stuff under ROOM command

A smaller release this time around which consists mostly of QoL stuff to make things a little easier. IdleRPG users can now rejoice and login to your character automatically with channel AUTOCMD when joining on reconnect as what's more important: running a bridge to engage in deep conversations or sit in a channel doing nothing?

Plumb users need to use the new generic ROOM command in network rooms to configure plumbs now that PLUMBCFG has been removed.

Go grab your fix from GitHub, PyPI or matrix-docker-ansible-deploy!

Thanks!

Dept of Clients 📱

Hydrogen

Hydrogen is a lightweight matrix client with legacy and mobile browser support

Bruno reports

Several bug fix releases this week, and hope to get out another release tonight with support for dehydrated devices, which should prevent you from missing any messages while you are logged out of all your devices.

Element Web/Desktop

Secure and independent communication, connected via Matrix. Come talk with us in #element-web:matrix.org!

kittykat announces

Our next community testing session on Web will be at 16:30 - 18:00 BST on Wednesday, 3rd November. We will be focusing on voice messages and calls. Join us in #element-community-testing:matrix.org to find out more and help out.

Thib says

  • Released element Web 1.9.3
  • Added sourcemap support to the sentry telemetry sent with rageshakes, and added support for opt-in automatic sentry reporting when errors occur as a labs flag
  • We’ve been working on making notifications and matrix.to work correctly with threads in Element Web. Our MSC continues to progress, receiving feedback from the Spec Core Team this week, and we’ve started to plan how to test the feature.
  • We’re also exploring more intuitive ways to lay out and customise Spaces on the web.

Element iOS

Secure and independent communication for iOS, connected via Matrix. Come talk with us in #element-ios:matrix.org!

Thib says

  • Fix memory management issues
  • Rewrite text composer
  • Depreciate MatrixKit
  • Implement PostHog analytics
  • Improve media sizing in the share extension
  • Improve the crypto store
  • We’re continuing to flesh out creating & managing Spaces on iOS.

Element Android

Secure and independent communication for Android, connected via Matrix. Come talk with us in #element-android:matrix.org!

Thib reports

  • Element Android 1.3.6 is on its way to the PlayStore but Google is taking looooong time to review. Release candidate 1.3.7 is scheduled to next Wednesday
  • Replacing Rx by coroutines Flow is nearly there, and will be merged on develop after the release 1.3.7.
  • Besides that we have started to work on Threads and on Polls.
  • Some changes have been made on the SDK API to suit SDK users regarding the AuthenticationService. They will be available in SDK 1.3.7 (next Wednesday).
  • And as always, we work to improve the performance of the application and of the SDK, as well as fixing bugs here and there.
  • We added two (opt-in) lab options:
    • Automatic bug report
    • Structured login / open telemetry (offline)
  • On the crypto side, we're making progress on Android Rust SDK, room shields and key backups

kittykat announces

Last week we had a successful and productive community testing session on Android where we found many issues, including 21 defects, which are already being addressed by product, designers and developers.

Cinny

Cinny is a Matrix client focused on simplicity, elegance and security

Lozenge says

Features

  • Add support for SSO login
  • Implement Profile Viewer
  • Add search in People drawer
  • Add option to filter People in People Drawer

Bugs

  • Fix make both user admin on DM create
  • Fix unable to send msg in DM from IRC users
  • Fixed inconsistent search in emojiboard
  • Fix profile picture inconsistency
  • Fix wildcard matching in emoji search
  • Fix message menu placement on large screen
  • Fix autofocus in msg input upon clicking emojis in emojiboard.

Find more about Cinny at https://cinny.in/ Join our channel at: #cinny:matrix.org Github: https://github.com/ajbura/cinny Twitter: https://twitter.com/@cinnyapp

Dept of SDKs and Frameworks 🧰

AIOMatrix

AIOMatrix is a simple Matrix bot library for creating bots.

forden says

Today has been released aiomatrix 0.2.0

Supported features:

  • almost full support of client-server API r0.6.1
  • handlers for any event
  • sending messages
  • editing messages
  • support for multiple accounts
  • extendable filters system

Check out examples in Github repo and join us in #aiomatrix:matrix.org (or in #aiomatrix-ru:matrix.org for russian-speaking folks)

Halcyon

Halcyon is an easy to use matrix library inspired by discord.py

gen3 says

Hello again! Halcyon is a Matrix bot library created with the intention of being easy to install and use. This release brought some new non-breaking features:

  • Added markdown package as a dependency, used in formatted messages
  • Added support for the following message types: TEXT, EMOTE, NOTICE, IMAGE, FILE, AUDIO, VIDEO
  • Added support for downloading and uploading MXCs (matrix media)
  • Fixed a reported import issue when trying to use the CLI (Thanks @Josh)
  • Added more documentation and a new example in usage.md

More info at on the project at https://github.com/WesR/Halcyon Chat with us over in #halcyon:blackline.xyz

Dept of Events and Talks 🗣️

Qt World Summit '21

kitsune says

Tobias Fella and I are going to give an introductory-level talk at Qt World Summit '21 next Wednesday (3-Nov) about data encryption in Qt applications, with me giving my usual general bla-bla high-level overview and then Tobias talking about really specific stuff like Base64 using std::variant and a bunch of Qt classes to make your encryption-using code less of spaghetti and more of good-looking modern C++. The talk will be at 15:30 CET/CDT (once for EMEA/APAC and once for Americas), Platform track. Advance registration is necessary. In fact, the talks are pre-recorded but both of us will be online during the session and shortly after so please come around to make sure The Qt Company gets the message and considers adding Quotient as another module to Qt (ok, that's just a dream for now but who knows...)

Berlin Meetup

jaller94 reports

Heads up for those in Berlin. You're welcome to join us Tuesday, 2nd Nov at 7:00 PM chatting about Matrix development and hosting. We're going to meet in person at c-base. In compliance with the hackerspace's house rules this is a strict 2G event.

If possible, join our #matrix-berlin:matrix.org room.

Dept of Interesting Projects 🛰️

Collabs

mweidner says

I work on Collabs, a library for making decentralized collaborative apps, and we have some demos that run on Matrix! E.g., in a widget-capable client like Element, send the message:

/addwidget https://compoventuals-tests.herokuapp.com/host.html?network=matrix&container=demos/rich-text/dist/rich_text.html

to add a collaborative text editor widget. (Fair warning: loading and saving is flaky, so don't type anything you can't afford to lose.)

All collaboration happens using messages sent to the Matrix room. So, you're not dependent on any external service provider, and the document is end-to-end encrypted if your room is.

We have more demos here, with instructions on how to use them in a widget. You can follow those same instructions to run your own Collabs apps (Getting Started Guide), without needing to host any servers yourself!

If you want to learn more about Collabs and see an app running on Matrix, check out my Strange Loop talk: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Exr0iY_D-vw&t=3s. The library is in an alpha state and not yet ready for production use, but we'll be improving it steadily over the next year.

Dept of Built on Matrix 🏗️

houkime says

In FediJam feedback we were asked to explore federated gaming. So, for my third FediJam I made a dead-simple prototype of a game using Matrix not for chat, but for multiplayer.

Behold, the Federated Triangle of Doom. Game creates a chat. Any message with 'boom' posted into there spawns the Red Triangle of malice. Yes, literally just it.

Behind the scenes, it uses Godot Engine, with godot-python to make it python-capable. To connect via Matrix, it leverages matrix-nio python module.
As a server, any Matrix server without captcha/email for registration will do!
For simple local tests, I included conduit with the Linux release.

Source Code (/blog/img/MIT)

Dept of Jobs 💰️

Matthew reports

Element is on the hunt for more VoIP and VR developers to help us build next-gen native Matrix video conferencing and VR/metaverse experiences on top of Matrix! If you believe the future of the metaverse should be free/libre, standards-based, open and equitable, come join the resistance! https://apply.workable.com/elementio/j/25BB112FBD/

Dept of Ping 🏓

RankHostnameMedian MS
1envs.net569
2boba.best610
3neko.dev652.5
4ma.0x.no781.5
5matrix.markshorten.co.uk971
6aria-net.org999.5
7trygve.me1085
8fluse.duckdns.org1235
9one.ems.host1265
10matrix.farted.net1363

#ping-no-synapse:maunium.net

Join #ping-no-synapse:maunium.net to experience the fun live, and to find out how to add YOUR server to the game.

RankHostnameMedian MS
1sspaeth.de387
2jae.su606
3matrix.awesomesheep48.me1717

That's all I know 🏁

See you next week, and be sure to stop by #twim:matrix.org with your updates!

This Week in Matrix 2021-10-22

22.10.2021 00:00 — This Week in Matrix Alexandre Franke

Matrix Live 🎙

Julian Sparber from the Fractal team was here with us this week, to tell us about the Fractal Next initiative: a rewrite of the app that leverages new technology. You can talk to the Fractal community by joining their room at #fractal:gnome.org.

Dept of Status of Matrix 🌡️

Sync v3

kegan shared very exciting news:

I've been working on a brand new /sync mechanism, dubbed sync v3, for the past few months. This is a complete overhaul of how clients live-stream sync data from homeservers, and fixes numerous pain points with /sync including:

  • Syncs taking minutes to complete.
  • Syncs sending back vast quantities of data (e.g read receipts for every room you're in).

Currently, this new API is designed around the idea of having dynamic sliding windows around a sorted room list for a user's account. The room list can be sorted in different ways and only rooms in the window are returned to the client. The room list can also be filtered down based on various criteria (e.g only rooms in these spaces, with events newer than this timestamp, etc) and a subset of current room state can be requested with each returned room.


         All joined rooms on user's account
Q W E R T Y U I O P L K J H G F D S A Z X C V B N M

\                                                 /
 \                                               /

  \      Subset of rooms matched by filters     /
   Q W E R T Y U I O P L K J H G F D S A Z X C V

                       |
   A C D E F G H I J K L O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z     Rooms sorted by_name (or by_recency, etc)

   |_______|
       |

   A C D E F                                         first 5 rooms requested

This list is kept sorted on the server and deltas are communicated to the client as a series of delta operations (e.g INSERT,DELETE,UPDATE). Multiple non-overlapping windows can be requested and the windows can also change their size dynamically.

This work is still currently in the pre-MSC stage as it's a huge undertaking, but an early, runnable, implementation lives at the sync-v3 repo. This works by setting up a proxy sync server which will make /sync requests to a target homeserver, and storing the data in a useful form for sync v3 queries. It then exposes the sync v3 API which can then actually show you real data from your account.

 +---------+                     +--------------+                                 +----------------+

 | sync v3 | <-- sync v3 API --> |   sync v3    | <--- normal /sync requests ---> | Any Homeserver |
 | client  |                     | proxy server |                                 |      Impl      |

 +---------+                     +--------------+                                 +----------------+

The proxy server also hosts a barebones web client which talks sync v3 at http://localhost:8008/client/ - to get started just point the proxy server to any HS and then paste in your access token to the web client. The web client is just a test jig so only has a read-only view of your account and lacks any scrollback, only showing live data. IMPORTANT: generate a new access token before using this client. Do NOT use the token from an existing client (e.g Element web) or else you risk being unable to decrypt E2EE messages.

Intrepid people are encouraged to run a server and see how fast sync on their own account could possibly be in the future. Note that the first sync will be slow as it has to fetch all the user's data via v2 /sync.

I know it’s going to be a while before this finally gets into our hands as users, but I’m looking forward to it!

Dept of Spec 📜

Spec

anoa offered:

Here's your weekly spec update! The heart of Matrix is the specification - and this is modified by Matrix Spec Change (MSC) proposals. Learn more about how the process works at https://matrix.org/docs/spec/proposals.

MSC Status

Merged MSCs:

  • No MSCs were merged this week.

MSCs in Final Comment Period:

FCP is currently paused while everything that isn't currently implemented in the wild is removed for a future MSC.

New MSCs:

  • There were no new MSCs this week.

Spec Updates

This week the Spec Core Team has been marching ahead with getting the matrix-doc repository ready to start building new spec releases. Big props to Rich, Travis, Alexandre and others for charging ahead with it!

Otherwise, the Spec Core Team has been busy reviewing MSCs as can be seen from the above list of MSCs that have entered FCP this week. Particularly exciting is to see MSC2674 (event relationships, aka the stuff that powers message edits and reactions) coming close to merging! It's been a long time coming. Thanks to Bruno and everyone else who's reviewed it so far.

Random Spec of the Week

The random spec of the week is... MSC3214: Allow overriding m.room.power_levels using initial_state.

MSC3214 looks like an MSC that's been somewhat abandoned by everyone involved... But since there are already implementations out in the wild, it may be a simple one to get through!

2021-10-22-y3wpB-stacked_area_chart.png

Dept of P2P 👥

P2P Matrix

Neil Alexander told us:

This week we have spent some time optimising the Pinecone overlay routing protocol. We have added cryptographic signatures to the bootstrap and path setup process for stronger verification and have also reduced the amount of protocol maintenance traffic.

We are also finally starting to document how Pinecone works — you can find these living documents on the Pinecone repository wiki and many new comments have been added throughout the source code too.

We have also released build 88 of the P2P demo today for iOS and Android. These demos are forks of the Element app with an embedded Dendrite homeserver and Pinecone-based federation. Users can communicate with each other locally on the same Wi-Fi network, direct between devices in close proximity using Bluetooth Low Energy and globally by using internet peers!

Dept of Servers 🏢

Synapse

Synapse is a popular homeserver written in Python.

callahad announced:

We released Synapse 1.45 this week!

This is the first release to support oEmbed autodiscovery, leading to richer link previews for many sites. See the release announcement for an example.

We also believe that we've finally fixed stuck messages! A race condition would occasionally prevent your sent events from syncing back down to all of your clients. This caused messages to look like they were stuck at the bottom of the room, waiting to finish sending, even though other users would receive and see them normally.

Please shout loudly in this GitHub issue if you see a stuck message on a server running 1.45 or later. 😉

We've merged a further 9 pull requests to Sydent, making even more modules pass mypy --strict. We're not quite all the way there, but we're close! Most of the "leaf" modules are done, with the bulk of the remaining work to be done is on sydent.http. This is trickier because it's more exposed to the machinery of Twisted, but we'll get there.

We're already much more confident working in Sydent, and hope to apply these lessons to Synapse soon.

(Well, one lesson that won't apply is that type hints are especially valuable in codebases you don't touch as often... but we have no intention of slowing down on Synapse any time soon!)

Yes please, don’t slow down!

Homeserver Deployment 📥️

Kubernetes

Ananace offered:

This week too sees some Helm Chart updates, taking matrix-synapse first to 1.45.0 and then to .1 - as well as improving support for using existing secrets in a new deploy.

Dept of Bridges 🌉

Heisenbridge

hifi announced:

Heisenbridge roundup!

Heisenbridge is a bouncer-style Matrix IRC bridge.

Release v1.3.0 🥳

  • SOCKS proxy support

  • CertFP authentication support

  • WHOIS command and reply formatting

  • Basic CTCP support (optional, default off)

  • Compatibility/workaround for Dendrite and Conduit registration configuration

  • README has been improved

Big ticket items this time around for privacy concerned users are connectivity improvements when using Tor/VPN with built-in SOCKS proxy support and CertFP authentication. Some WHOIS and CTCP has also been thrown in the mix for good measure!

Lately there has been quite a lot of people who are testing Dendrite or Conduit which has led to recurring support issues around some limitations they currently have with appservices. Heisenbridge now supports using and generating a "compatible" registration file (--generate-compat) for them that shouldn't be needed in the long run. I hope to drop this feature as soon as possible! 🍻

While Heisenbridge somewhat intentionally has very little documentation due to not having a refined UX yet the README has been updated with some frequently asked questions about installing and configuring it to the point you can talk with the appservice bot. A self-contained docker-compose setup has also been added to the repository to help testing it without installing anything on your system.

Go grab your fix from GitHub, PyPI or matrix-docker-ansible-deploy!

Thanks!

Dept of Clients 📱

NeoChat

Carl Schwan offered:

Last Saturday we had an improvised NeoChat mini development sprint in a small hotel room in Berlin in the occasion of the 25th anniversary of KDE. In a good KDE tradition, Carl spent this time on improving NeoChat settings. He ported both the NeoChat general settings and the specific room settings to the new Kirigami.CategorizedSetting component. Tobias fixed a lot of papercuts and now the power level should be fetched correctly, we show the number of joined users instead of joined+invited users in the room information pane, the user search is now case insensitive. Nicolas focused on fixing our Android build by making the spellchecking feature compile on Android.

Aside from the mini-sprint, we also made a few more improvements during the week. Tobias fixed the flicking of the timeline on mobile and Carl made it possible for the user to resize the room information drawer.

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Nheko

Nheko is a desktop client using Qt and C++17. It supports E2EE and intends to be full featured and nice to look at

Nico (@deepbluev7:neko.dev) said:

Thulinma added device management to Nheko. You can now also view your devices, that don't support encryption, delete devices, rename them and see their ip address. Additionally there were a few refactorings and code improvements. Most notably blurhashes should now decode twice as fast. Additionally there were a few small fixes to displaying hidden space rooms (we were checking the wrong power level, so in some cases fewer rooms got shown in a space, if they only had a parent set). That's all, was a busy week with lots of lasers!

Element

Updates from the teams:

Web

  • Finalised our team goals of reducing prioritised defects, shipping threads MVP, better release automation and getting posthog analytics live!
  • Working on clarifying the threads MSC in response to feedback
  • Working on user prompts for analytics
  • Fixed bugs in RTL text and code block rendering
  • Released Element Web 1.9.3RC

Spaces

  • On iOS, we’ve been implementing support for creating Spaces, implementing the screens using SwiftUI.
  • We’re also making good progress on iterating on the info architecture of the app, to make Spaces more intuitive. Expect more things soon!

iOS

  • Publish release 1.6.6 containing matrix.to display behavior improvements on timeline and other improvements made this week.
  • Improve matrix.to redirection in timeline, pushing views instead of replacing current ones
  • Improve settings UI
  • Allow images to be pasted from Safari rather than their URL
  • Implement message forwarding
  • Improve wellKnown parsing
  • Fix bugs and crashes

Android

  • Release candidate 1.3.4 has been prepared Wednesday and tested by the community during a testing session in the afternoon. It adds presence support for DM, and Android Auto support has been restored. You can find out more about the next testing session at #element-community-testing:matrix.org
  • We are preparing a version 1.3.5 which fixes small regressions and a bug in the Room settings.
  • Migration to Hilt (Dependency Injection library) is nearly there, PR is in review.
  • Notifications management has been rework, a bunch of issues has been fixed, this will be for release 1.3.6
  • We have started to work on Threads

Crypto Team:

  • UISI Hunting: Investigations and Auto UISIs reports lab option, UI improvement work started
  • Web: Device Trust view improvement
  • Next gen
    • Corroded-Android: Backup support
    • Messaging Layer Security

Fractal

Not only is Fractal’s Julian featured in this week’s Matrix Live, he also has been very active in the month since our previous report. I won’t list here the very long list of merged merge requests, but the most noteworthy changes he brought are:

Contributions from others include enterprisey fixing the backtrace setup and simplyfying some error management code, Marco Melorio adding a separator in the UI to adapt to a change in libadwaita, Rachit Keerti Das fixing an incorrect link to install from Flathub, and Maximiliano cleaning up our dependencies and application name in code.

Dept of Ops 🛠

time-to-matrix

Aine announced:

a small, weird tool that just works.

Hey, TWIM. Did you ever face a situation where you need to run any command prefixed with time command-name and get a ping in matrix room when it's done? No? Well, doesn't matter, now you can do that with one small command!

That thing called time-to-matrix (binary name: ttm) it works like time command-name and sends results to matrix room. Yes, pretty simple. Now you can use it 😀

Source code, Releases for all major OSes and architectures

Dept of Services 🚀

Element One

Rick reported:

Element One is here! We’re giving TWIM a sneak preview of the new Matrix hosting service from Element in advance of the official launch next week. Element One* is a consumer-focused hosting option which gives you an individual Matrix account on our shiny new one.ems.host homeserver (with a matching Element Web at one.element.io). However, in addition to being a fast, snappy Matrix account, it also comes with unlimited personal bridging to Whatsapp, Signal and Telegram thanks to mautrix-whatsapp/signal/telegram!

Hopefully this is good news for those of you who have chats with friends and family on these other platforms, as you can now chat with them in one place from Element without having to mess around having to run your own bridge - and accounts cost just $5 per month.

Right now this is a (relatively) private / limited beta intended for the TWIM and EMS inner circle, and we'll be announcing more generally in the next few days / weeks. So, if you are interested, please check it out and sign up at https://ems.element.io/element-one :)

*not to be confused with Hydrogen

Dept of Bots 🤖

matrix-review-bot

valere reported:

Hello! What about having your Android & iOS customer reviews posted in a Matrix room as soon they happen?

I just released matrix-review-bot

Get your latest AppStore & Playstore review directly in your fav matrix room.

Mother Miounne

Aine offered:

Mother Miounne v1.1.0 v2.0.0

Good news - Miounne got new release with a lot of small neat changes (and even some features, yes-yes) and binary releases for major platforms and architectures

Good/bad news - e2e integration was removed, because I failed to implement to "well, usable" state 😭

So, go check out releases, changelog and don't forget to pull new docker images.

You asking what's that about? Mother Miounne is "backoffice" of etke.cc service.

I'm too sad to add good jokes and brief descriptions, so just join the #miounne:etke.cc room to find more

Dept of Events and Talks 🗣️

SeaGL

Ben Cotton (he/him/his) told us:

SeaGL (Seattle GNU/Linux Conference) will be held online November 5–6, powered by Matrix. Join our free—as in freedom and tea—grassroots technical summit. No registration required! This year's theme is "on cloud nine", in recognition of our ninth year.

Keynote speakers are:

  • Marie Nordin

  • Christine and Morgan Lemmer-Webber

  • Elana Hashman

  • Cory Doctorow

We have over three dozen other great talks on free and open source software, hardware, and culture. Plus some fun social activities. Volunteers are still needed if you want to lend a wing!

FOSDEM

Matthew reported:

FOSDEM says https://twitter.com/fosdem/status/1451475324684980241

Final Thoughts 💭

Room of the week

timokoesters announced:

Hi everyone! Did you ever feel lost in the Matrix world? The room directory is big, but it's still hard to find something you like. Or are you a room moderator, but there is not much activity in your room because it doesn't have enough users?

This is why I want to share rooms (or spaces) I find interesting.


This week's room is: #weiqi:matrix.org

"The ancient board game known as Go."


If you want to suggest a room for this section, tell me in #roomoftheweek:fachschaften.org

Dept of Ping 🏓

Here we reveal, rank, and applaud the homeservers with the lowest ping, as measured by pingbot, a maubot that you can host on your own server.

#ping:maunium.net

Join #ping:maunium.net to experience the fun live, and to find out how to add YOUR server to the game.

RankHostnameMedian MS
1eightballde.luxe524
2trolla.us592
3envs.net646
4synapse.yarnoush.be893.5
5matrix.markshorten.co.uk1008
6etke.cc1022
7wallace.sh1414
8mchus.pro2476
9matrix.liamgooch.com2843
10jeroenhd.nl3032

#ping-no-synapse:maunium.net

Join #ping-no-synapse:maunium.net to experience the fun live, and to find out how to add YOUR server to the game.

RankHostnameMedian MS
1bwitch.me379
2sspaeth.de455
3grin.hu665.5
4matrix.awesomesheep48.me1079
50x1a8510f2.space1099

That's all I know 🏁

See you next week, and be sure to stop by #twim:matrix.org with your updates!