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Matrix v1.8 release

23.08.2023 16:25 — Releases Travis Ralston

Hey all,

Matrix 1.8 is out now! The last release, Matrix 1.7, was full of features and laid out a plan for what Matrix 1.8 was expected to become. We spent most of our time focusing on the MSC3995-related MSCs from that original plan, but made an effort to get the other stuff looked at as well.

With this release we see a total of 9 MSCs achieve their formally adopted status. The full changelog at the bottom has all the details, but please read on for what’s new in room version 11, and Matrix 1.9’s roadmap :)

Room version 11

Matrix 1.8 features a new room version! Normally a room version wouldn’t have a particular theme, but for v11 we aimed to clean up the different algorithms and event format details. After 10 prior room versions there were some artifacts of the past sticking around (but not causing problems necessarily) - many of them are cleaned up here.

Specified originally as MSC3820, v11 introduces the following changes:

  • MSC2174 - Move redacts to the content of events.
  • MSC2175 - Remove creator from events (use sender instead).
  • MSC3989 - Remove origin from events.
  • MSC2176, MSC3821 - General updates to redaction algorithm.

Alongside being a cleanup room version, v11 is the initial base we used for our efforts in the IETF world. It provides an easier starting point for new server implementations, particularly when paired with Linearized Matrix (described as both an IETF Internet-Draft and MSC3995).

In future room versions the cleanup effort will continue, alongside additional features for supporting the IETF use cases. Watch this space for updates.

Upcoming in Matrix 1.9

We’re continuing the trend of planning ahead and have the following themes planned for work in Matrix 1.9:

  • Anything required by the MIMI/IETF efforts we’re undertaking. This currently includes:
    • Extensible Events
    • Role-Based Access Control (RBAC; new MSC expected)
    • Next generation of Linearized Matrix (already)
    • MSC4044 and MSC4045
    • Binary-encoded events (maybe, but probable)
    • Canonical DMs (maybe)
    • Sending events as rooms/servers instead of just users (maybe)
    • Further room version cleanup as needed
  • Merging MSC3939.
  • Accepting a combination of MSC2545, MSC1951, MSC3892, and MSC4027. This may involve creating a new MSC to cover the functionality of each, plus the needful for IETF and Extensible Events efforts.
  • Merging MSC3391 (time permitting).

A lot of this stuff might take the shape of opening MSCs or thinking about the problems, but we’re also very optimistic about getting them through FCP before November 2023. Watch this space for updates :)

The full changelog

There’s so many more things than what we covered in this blog post - flip through the changelog below for a full idea of what’s landed.

Client-Server API

Backwards Compatible Changes

  • Require callers to be joined to the room to report its events, as per MSC2249. (#1517)

Spec Clarifications

  • Fix missing type property in the JSON schema definition of the m.reaction event. Contributed by @chebureki. (#1552)
  • Make sure examples types match schema in definitions. (#1563)
  • Allow null in room_types in POST /publicRooms endpoints schemas. (#1564)
  • Fix broken header formatting. Contributed by @midnightveil. (#1578)
  • Render binary request and response bodies. (#1579)
  • Fix description of MAC calculation in SAS verification. (#1590)
  • Update link to SAS emoji definition data. (#1593)
  • Fix various typos throughout the specification. (#1597)

Server-Server API


  • Deprecate matrix SRV lookup steps during server discovery, as per MSC4040. (#1624)

Backwards Compatible Changes

  • Add matrix-fed SRV lookup steps to server discovery, as per MSC4040. (#1624)

Spec Clarifications

  • Document why /state_ids can respond with a 404. (#1521)
  • Fix response definition for POST /_matrix/federation/v1/user/keys/claim. (#1559)
  • Fix examples in server keys definition. (#1560)
  • Make sure examples types match schema in definitions. (#1563)
  • Allow null in room_types in POST /publicRooms endpoints schemas. (#1564)
  • Fix broken header formatting. Contributed by @midnightveil. (#1578)
  • Remove spurious mention of a "default port" with respect to SRV record lookup. (#1615)
  • Switch to ordered list for server name resolution steps. (#1623)

Application Service API

Spec Clarifications

  • Fix type of custom fields in thirdparty lookup queries. (#1584)

Identity Service API

Spec Clarifications

  • Make sure examples types match schema in definitions. (#1563)

Push Gateway API

No significant changes.

Room Versions

Backwards Compatible Changes

  • Add room version 11 as per MSC3820. (#1604)
  • Move redacts from top level to content on events in room version 11, as per MSC2174. (#1604)
  • Remove creator from events in room version 11, as per MSC2175. (#1604)
  • Remove remaining usage of origin from events in room version 11, as per MSC3989. (#1604)
  • Update the redaction rules in room version 11, as per MSC2176 and MSC3821. (#1604)


Backwards Compatible Changes

Spec Clarifications

  • Clarify spec re canonical JSON to handle negative-zero; also, give an example of negative-zero and a large power of ten. (#1573)

Internal Changes/Tooling

Backwards Compatible Changes

  • Upgrade Swagger data to OpenAPI 3.1. (#1310)
  • Create @matrix-org/spec npm package to ship the SAS Emoji data definitions & translations. (#1620)

Spec Clarifications

  • Update the CI to validate the file extension of changelog entries. (#1542)
  • Disclosure sections now only display their title when collapsed. (#1549)
  • Fix the sidebar in recent versions of Hugo. (#1551)
  • Bump jsonschema to validate JSON Schemas against Draft 2020-12. (#1556)
  • Use Redocly CLI to validate OpenAPI definitions. (#1558)
  • Use tag name as the OpenAPI definition version. (#1561)
  • Make sure version in x-changedInMatrixVersion is a string. (#1562)
  • Clarify usage of ABNF for grammar in the documentation style guide. (#1582)
  • Remove unnecessary oneOfs in JSON schemas. (#1585)
  • Update the version of Hugo used to render the spec to v0.113.0. (#1591)
  • Fix rendered changelog with new version of towncrier. (#1598)
  • Improve the layout of tables on desktop displays. Contributed by Martin Fischer. (#1601)

Matrix v1.7 release

25.05.2023 18:56 — Releases Travis Ralston

Hey all,

Matrix 1.7 has just been released! The last spec release was about 3 months ago, keeping us on track for regular quarterly releases. Unlike Matrix 1.6 though, today’s release is packed with plenty of features, some of which we’d like to call out here. Not all implementations will have support for these features yet though, and that’s okay (expected, even).

Adding support for a spec release can be a significant body of work. Instead of implementations having everything ready for spec release day, the idea is that they gain support over the next few months. If you’re able, please help those projects get v1.7’s features.

Today, we see 15 MSCs achieve their formally adopted status. All of them bring forward some much-needed features to Matrix, and a few highlights are below. Read on to the full changelog for a complete overview, and for a sneak peak at what the Spec Core Team (SCT) is planning to look at for v1.8 👀

Continue reading…

Security releases: matrix-js-sdk 24.0.0 and matrix-react-sdk 3.69.0

28.03.2023 00:00 — Releases Denis Kasak

Today we are issuing security releases of matrix-js-sdk and matrix-react-sdk to patch a pair of High severity vulnerabilities (CVE-2023-28427 / GHSA-mwq8-fjpf-c2gr for matrix-js-sdk and CVE-2023-28103 / GHSA-6g43-88cp-w5gv for matrix-react-sdk).

Affected clients include those which depend on the affected libraries, such as Element Web/Desktop and Cinny. Releases of the affected clients should follow shortly. We advise users of those clients to upgrade at their earliest convenience.

The issues involve prototype pollution via events containing special strings in key locations, which can temporarily disrupt normal functioning of matrix-js-sdk and matrix-react-sdk, potentially impacting the consumer's ability to process data safely.

Although we have only demonstrated a denial-of-service-style impact, we cannot completely rule out the possibility of a more severe impact due to the relatively extensive attack surface. We have therefore classified this as High severity and strongly recommend upgrading as a precautionary measure.

We found these issues during a codebase audit that we had previously announced in an earlier security release of matrix-js-sdk and matrix-react-sdk. The earlier release had already addressed a set of similar vulnerabilities that were assigned CVE-2022-36059 / GHSA-rfv9-x7hh-xc32 and CVE-2022-36060 / GHSA-2x9c-qwgf-94xr, which we had initially decided not to disclose until the completion of the audit. Now that the audit is finished, we are disclosing those previous advisories as well.

Matrix v1.6 release

14.02.2023 17:04 — Releases Travis Ralston

Hey all,

Matrix 1.6 is out there! Like Matrix 1.5 back in November, this release is largely a maintenance update. Matrix 1.1 through 1.4 have been relatively major upgrades, so a little time between features doesn’t feel like a bad idea :)

As with all spec releases, we encourage implementations to gradually update over the next few months rather than have support for everything on release day - please be kind to the projects you use, and help them gain support if able.

Matrix 1.6 sees just 7 MSCs get merged, though this is to be expected from a maintenance release. Check out Matthew’s Matrix 2.0 talk at FOSDEM for an idea of what’s expected over the next few releases.

We’ve covered a couple of the MSCs below, but read on to the full changelog for the full picture.

Continue reading…

Synapse 1.73 released

07.12.2022 00:00 — Releases Mathieu Velten

And here is another update to your beloved Matrix homeserver implementation, Synapse 1.73.


Legacy Prometheus metric names removed

When releasing Synapse 1.69 a couple of months ago, we also announced the removal of old Prometheus metrics that have been replaced by more aptly named ones. he list of these metrics can be found here.

Synapse 1.73 implements the final phase of this plan and entirely removes support for those metrics. As a result, the enable_legacy_metrics configuration option, which was introduced in Synapse 1.71, has also been removed.

Server administrators who are still relying on these legacy metric names are encouraged to update their dashboards at their earliest convenience. For more information, please refer to the upgrade notes.

The new stuff


A bunch of performance improvements have been included in this release, specifically around the /messages endpoint.

Improvements to event filtering on the client-server API gave the homeserver a first nice bump as visible on this graph:

Various optimizations around fetching bundled aggregations resulted in yet another nice improvement:

Note that the graph from the first image, and the second graph from the second image are apdexes, which is a measure that shows improvement when it goes up (as opposed to e.g. response times, which improve when they go down).

Extensible Events experimental support

Experimental support for Extensible Events has landed in Synapse.

This is exciting since this global rework of events presentation has been in talks for a while, and having an implementation to experiment with greatly helps bringing the feature closer to completion.

Note that this support is still very much experimental as the related MSCs are still under review and could change at any time, and therefore not recommended for use in production.

Everything else

See the full changelog, for a complete list of changes in the release. Also please have a look at the upgrade notes for this version.

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 (in no particular order) schmop, Ashish Kumar, realtyem, and Brennan Chapman as well as anyone helping us make Synapse better by sharing their feedback and reporting issues.

Synapse 1.72 released

22.11.2022 00:00 — Releases Mathieu Velten

It's not Christmas yet, but it's time for a new release! Say hello to Synapse 1.72.

It seems like this blog didn't self update through AI for the 2 preceding updates so this post will cover 1.70 to 1.72, sorry if this is a bit long but it's been a while :)


Dropping support for PostgreSQL 10

PostgreSQL 10 has reached End Of Life: Synapse will no longer support it beginning with version 1.72 so please upgrade your database if you have not already done so.

Legacy Prometheus metric names disabled and to be removed

In previous versions of Synapse, some Prometheus metrics were emitted under two different names, an older name that was non-compliant with OpenMetrics and Prometheus conventions and a new compliant name.

Synapse 1.71 and later have the old metric names switched off by default.

For now it's still possible to get them by using enable_legacy_metrics: true, however server administrators still using legacy metric names are highly encouraged to migrate, as they will be removed in 1.73.

You can find the full list of renamed metrics here.

Changes to the events received by application services (interest)

Following the implementation of MSC3905, Synapse now only considers local users to be interesting to application services. In other words, the users namespace regex in an app service's registration file is only applied against local users of the homeserver.

Please note, this probably doesn't affect the expected behavior of your application service, since an interesting local user in a room still means all messages in the room (from local or remote users) will still be considered interesting.

You can find a bit more info in the MSC and in the upgrade notes.

The new stuff

Threads, threads, threads!

Several MSCs related to threads got implemented:

  • MSC3856 provide an API to fetch threads and related metadata.
  • MSC3771 and MSC3773 implementing per thread read receipts and per thread notification counts.
  • MSC3874 allows to filter out messages belonging to threads from the main timeline (still considered experimental). Along with MSC3856, this should noticeably improve performance of rooms that use threads heavily.

This should significantly improve user experience related to threads, being through behavior or performance impact.

Linking events together

Relationships are great, even more between events than humans!

MSC3664 allows Matrix clients to be notified in real time of related events, so you can now be made quickly aware of this cat emoji reaction that your cat photo clearly deserved.

Additionally, Synapse 1.72 includes an implementation of MSC3912, allowing users to redact the relations of a message alongside the message itself. This is particularly helpful in cases like edits, where users usually want to see their edits redacted at the same time as the original message. Note that this implementation is currently incomplete and still experimental, though, so watch this space!

Faster joins, continued

We continue our journey to get everything going as transparently as possible when doing fast remote room joins.

If you missed it you can refer to this previous blog post to get a lot more infos, and feel free to grep Synapse changelog and the numerous related issues/PRs for all the gory details.

Everything else

See the full changelogs (1.70, 1.71, 1.72) for a complete list of changes in the releases. Also please have a look at the upgrade notes for this version.

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 (in no particular order) Nico, sando38, realtyem, aceArt GmbH, Tuomas Ojamies, Ashish Kumar, asymmetric, Beeper, Ryan Miguel, Paul Tötterman, Abdullah Osama, Finn, Ivan Shapovalov, Dirk Klimpel, Jonathan de Jong, MichaIng and Aaron Raimist as well as anyone helping us make Synapse better by sharing their feedback and reporting issues.