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0.34.0 security release for matrix-appservice-irc (High severity)

04.05.2022 11:02 — Releases Tadeusz Sośnierz
Last update: 04.05.2022 09:27

We've released updates to matrix-appservice-irc and our forked node-irc that it depends on to patch a High security vulnerability. It's advised to update to 0.34.0 as soon as possible.

The vulnerability allows an attacker to manipulate a Matrix user into executing IRC commands by having them reply to a maliciously crafted message.

Incorrect handling of a CR character allowed for making part of the message be sent to the IRC server verbatim rather than as a message to the channel.

If you are currently a matrix-appservice-irc user, exercise caution when replying to messages from untrusted participants in IRC bridged rooms until your bridge instance has been upgraded.

The vulnerability has been patched in node-irc version 1.2.1 and matrix-appservice-irc 0.34.0. You can get the release on Github.

The bridges running on the Libera Chat, OFTC and other networks bridged by the Foundation have been patched.

The vulnerabilities are tracked as GHSA-37hr-348p-rmf4 and GHSA-52rh-5rpj-c3w6.

Thank you, Val Lorentz for reporting this vulnerability.

Synapse 1.57 released

19.04.2022 16:28 — Releases Brendan Abolivier

Hey everyone! Guess what? Synapse 1.57 has just been released! Let's see what's new in this version!

Application services

Application services are piece of software that have privileged access to some of the homeserver's features. For example, they can create and manage multiple users at the same time, which is especially useful for bridges.

This release of Synapse changes the way Synapse manually manages transaction identifiers when talking to application services (a transaction being a group of events the application service should know about). While this doesn't have much impact on the everyday life of a server administrator (besides fixing a bug and paving the way for future performance improvements), this change means server admins should take extra care when updating Synapse.

More specifically, if you are running a dedicated Synapse worker for handling traffic related to application services, this worker must be stopped when upgrading the main Synapse process to ensure the update is performed safely. See the upgrade notes for more information about this change, and instructions on recovering from an incorrect upgrade.

This release of Synapse also continues work on bringing end-to-end capabilities to application services, which I was already telling you about in the Synapse 1.50 release blog post. More specifically, Synapse now supports sending device list updates to applications services, as part of implementing MSC3202. This is still very experimental and definitely not production ready, but also very exciting!

Improvements to the module system

Modules allow third-party developers to expand Synapse with extra features that wouldn't necessarily fit into the Matrix specification and/or ecosystem. In the past release of Synapse, we have been improving this system to add more functionality to it, and this one is no exception!

Synapse modules can now implement new callbacks to react to account data updates, as well as to react to new 3PID (email address, phone number) associations. On the latter, note that this callback will only be called after a 3PID has been validated on the homeserver, and does not trigger when the validation happens on an identity server (e.g. when publishing a 3PID so that other users can look it up).

The ModuleApi (which is the Python class enabling modules to interact with Synapse) has also been updated to allow module to read and write global account data. This can be done by using the new AccountDataManager class, which can be accessed as api.account_data_manager (where api is an instance of ModuleApi).

The module API has also been updated with a new method, to allow modules to promote an existing user to server administrator (or demote a server administrator to a normal user). This follows up on an improvement introduced in Synapse 1.56 allowing modules to promote users to server administrators when registering them.

Everything else

This release also includes a performance improvement for workers handling /sync requests. While this change makes starting this kind of workers slightly more heavy performance-wise, it aims at improving the load associated with the first /sync requests hitting it right after starting. See this comment for more details.

Synapse 1.57 also now includes bundled aggregations in message search results by default, as MSC3666 has been accepted and has finished its final comment period.

See the full changelog for a complete list of changes in this 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) Beeper, Dirk Klimpel, Famedly and Jorge Florian.

Synapse 1.56 released

05.04.2022 00:00 — Releases Brendan Abolivier

Happy release day everyone! Synapse 1.56 is out! Let's have a look at what's new in this release.

Additional restrictions around registration

One common abuse scenario we have seen on Matrix over the years is attackers making use of public homeservers with open registration to automatically create multiple accounts in order to evade sanctions. Sometimes, this can lead to these public homeservers being banned across multiple public rooms despite their administrator(s) not being directly at fault.

In order to mitigate this, starting from this release, Synapse will refuse to start by default if it is configured with open registration with no additional verification. This means users wishing to register on these homeservers will need to authenticate themselves, either via email, recaptcha or registration tokens.

Please see the upgrade notes for more information.

So long groups, and thanks for all the fish

Long-time users of Matrix might remember when, way back in 2017, we introduced groups (also known as communities in some clients). Groups would let users define a curated set of users and rooms to represent a given community that others could refer to. We even used to have which was the official group for the Matrix team and community.

If this sounds a bit familiar to you (and remind you of a certain other feature of Matrix), that's no coincidence. Some time ago, we had already identified a good amount of shortcomings with groups, and decided to redesign the feature entirely and release it under the name "spaces". If you're curious about this, then you may wish to read the spaces announcement blogpost we released at the time.

Now that spaces have been out of beta for some time, and have shown to be a very useful feature to the ecosystem, we decided it was time to retire support for groups from Synapse, after more than 4 years of good and loyal service. This release of Synapse deprecates the feature, with a plan to disable it by default in Synapse 1.58 (which is expected to be released next month).

Everything else

As of this version, Synapse will also refuse to start the if the Postgres database it is running against has a non-C locale, in order to prevent accidental database corruption. See the upgrade notes for more information.

This release also includes the ability for modules to register server administrators through the register_user method, as well as a new method to allow modules to store external 3PID associations into Synapse's database.

See the full changelog for a complete list of changes in this 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) Dirk Klimpel, Beeper, Famedly, IronTooch and villepeh.

Synapse 1.55 released

22.03.2022 00:00 — Releases Brendan Abolivier

Hi all, Synapse 1.55 is out! Let's see the main talking points of this new release.

Update: After the initial release of Synapse 1.55, the developers of a third-party tool (Jinja, which is the tool Synapse uses to render email and web templates) released a new version of their project which proved incompatible with Synapse. To address this issue, we have released Synapse 1.55.2.

Deployments of Synapse using the matrixdotorg/synapse Docker image or Debian packages from are not affected as they are already using a compatible version of the tool.

It's worth noting that the work we are doing to integrate Poetry into Synapse (more on that a bit further in this post) will, once completed, prevent this kind of issues from happening.

Removing support for Mjolnir 1.3.1 and older

Administrators of large homeservers and communities will already be familiar with Mjolnir, which is a tool designed to help them moderate a large number of rooms in an efficient way. It includes a bot as well as a Synapse module to better interface with the homeserver.

Due to a change in how we manage some of Synapse's internal utilities, this release of Synapse breaks compatibility with Mjolnir versions 1.3.1 and older. Homeserver administrators using Mjolnir and upgrading to Synapse 1.55 should make sure they're running Mjolnir version 1.3.2 or later.

See the upgrade notes for more information.

Moving synctl

synctl is a tool provided as part of Synapse to run and manage your instance and its workers (if any).

As part of our work to integrate Poetry in Synapse (which in turn will enable a lot of cool things, such as reproducible builds), we have recently moved the way we package this tool. As of this release, homeserver administrators should stop invoking it using its direct path (e.g. /path/to/synctl start), but should instead call it directly, e.g. synctl start.

This means homeserver administrators using synctl must make sure that the tool is in their PATH. This is automatically done when installing and upgrading Synapse using the matrixdotorg/synapse Docker image or Debian packages from When installing from a wheel, sdist, or PyPI, an executable is created in your Python installation's bin directory.

See the upgrade notes for more information.

Everything else

This release also introduces new module callbacks, allowing homeserver administrators to more efficiently review which users are able to deactivate users and shutdown rooms. More information on that in Synapse's documentation.

We have also started experimenting with using the native Python asyncio event loop in Synapse which, if successful, would make it easier to use building blocks from the Python ecosystem when adding new features to Synapse.

See the full changelog for a complete list of changes in this 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) Dirk Klimpel, Beeper, and ~creme.

Synapse 1.54 released

08.03.2022 00:00 — Releases Brendan Abolivier

Synapse 1.54 is out! Let's see what goodness is coming your way with this new release.

Improving URL previews

As part of the Matrix specification, Matrix clients have the option to rely on the homeserver to generate URL previews. This means the homeserver (in this case Synapse) needs to have a look at the content at that URL and extract data to send back to the client.

In the past, Synapse has had issues with generating complete URL previews, and some metadata (e.g. image, description) would be missing from the data that Synapse sends to clients. Synapse 1.54 includes improvements to the generation of URL previews, and while testing it we've been able to observe improvements to previews generated for Twitter and Reddit.

New module callbacks

Synapse modules allow third-party developers to write extra features for Synapse, that wouldn't necessarily be generic enough to fit within the Matrix specification. This includes custom behaviours such as smarter event filters, bespoke media storage providers, or spam checkers. Since we rewrote Synapse's module system in Synapse 1.37, we have been improving it by adding new callback functions that module can implement, allowing them to interface better with Synapse.

Synapse 1.54 includes three new module callbacks. One of them, get_displayname_for_registration, allows modules to define the display name for newly registered users. Together with the existing get_username_for_registration introduced in Synapse 1.52, they allow modules a better control over the user registration process.

The two other module callbacks introduced in Synapse 1.54, on_profile_update and on_user_deactivation_status_changed, allow modules to react to profile changes, as well as the deactivation (or reactivation) of users.

Everything else

This release of Synapse also includes more work to make joining large Matrix rooms faster (I was telling you about that in the Synapse 1.53 release announcement). While it's still very experimental and not yet ready for show time, it's still very exciting to see this work happening!

Synapse 1.54 also includes a change to the client-side versions endpoint to advertise Matrix 1.1 and 1.2. See the Matrix 1.2 release announcement to read all about the changes this latest version of the specification brings to the ecosystem.

See the full changelog for a complete list of changes in this 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) Dirk Klimpel, Andrew Ryan, and lukasdenk.

Synapse 1.53 released

22.02.2022 14:53 — Releases Brendan Abolivier

Rejoice everyone, Synapse 1.53 is out! Let's have a look at what's new with this release.

Stabilisation of registration tokens

Registration tokens is a feature introduced in Synapse 1.42.0, which allows homeserver administrators to force their users to use specific tokens when registering. This is similar to Synapse's registration shared secret support, but with added features, such as the possibility to limit how users can be registered with the same token, or to make a token expire. See the admin API documentation for more information on how to manage registration tokens on your homeserver.

Registration tokens were initially proposed to the Matrix specification in MSC3231 by Callum Brown during their Google Summer of Code internship last summer. The MSC has since been accepted, and released in the stable Matrix specification as of Matrix v1.2. As a result, its Synapse implementation has been updated to remove support for unstable identifiers. Administrators of homeservers on which the reverse proxy rules explicitly allow the unstable route for this feature need to update their configuration. Same goes for developers of Matrix clients that support this feature. See the upgrade notes for more information.

Time-based cache expiry now enabled by default

To avoid being overly intensive on resources by making too many queries to the database, Synapse maintains several in-memory caches to store data it needs to use frequently. However, this comes with the inconvenience that, if Synapse needs to store too much data, these caches can become fairly big and occupy too much space in the host's memory.

Historically, Synapse has dealt with this issue by having set sizes for each cache, either hardcoded or set in the configuration, and evicting the oldest items when exceeding this size. Synapse 1.38 introduced the possibility for homeserver administrators to configure Synapse to evict cache entries based on the time they were last accessed on. This mechanism acts on top of the aforementioned eviction policy, and allows automatically evicting entries that haven't been accessed for some time, leaving more room in the caches to store data that needs to be accessed more often.

Synapse 1.53 enables this behaviour by default. Without specific configuration, Synapse will automatically evict cache entries that haven't been accessed for more than 30 minutes. Server administrators that were already using this feature might need to update their configuration, as this change deprecates the expiry_time configuration setting, which will be removed in a future version of Synapse. See the upgrade notes for more information.

Everything else

You might have heard that we're working on improving the time it takes to join big Matrix rooms with Synapse. If not, then you definitely want to have a look at the demos Matrix live that was published earlier this month and includes more details and a demo of the work we've been doing in this area.

This release of Synapse includes an implementation of MSC3706, which is part of this work. It's still very experimental and definitely not production-ready, but it's a huge stepping stone towards making room joins snappier than ever.

We've also been continuing our work towards enabling end-to-end encryption for application services (see the Synapse 1.50 release blogpost for more context on that). Synapse 1.53 includes support for sending to-device messages to application services. This is also still very experimental, watch this space for future updates.

See the full changelog for a complete list of changes in this 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) Dirk Klimpel, Brad Jones, and Alexander Mnich.

Synapse 1.52 released

08.02.2022 00:00 — Releases Brendan Abolivier

Synapse 1.52 is out! Here's what's new with this week's release.

Twisted security release

The team behind Twisted, which is the main framework Synapse uses under the hood, recently released Twisted 22.1. This version fixes a security vulnerability within the Twisted library.

While preparing the release of Synapse 1.52, we have investigated the impact of this vulnerability on Synapse. We came to the conclusion that it does not affect Synapse. We however advise server administrators to ensure they use an up-to-date version of the library as a matter of good practice.

For instances installed with pip, the library can be updated with pip install --upgrade Twisted treq. For instances installed with the matrixdotorg/synapse Docker image or Debian packages from, updating to Synapse 1.52.0 is sufficient, as these images and packages include up-to-date versions of all dependencies.

It is also worth noting that a release candidate for Twisted 22.2 has been published, with a fix for a potential denial of service vulnerability with SSH. Administrators of Synapse homeservers that have the manhole feature enabled (which is the only feature of Synapse using SSH) are encouraged to ensure access to the manhole is correctly restricted (e.g. by preventing access from external locations).

Federation admin APIs

This release of Synapse introduces a few admin APIs to help server administrators monitor and handle how their Synapse homeserver interacts with other federated homeservers. One of these APIs offers server administrators a way to visualise which rooms are shared between the local homeserver and a given remote one.

Another API allows server administrators to reset federation timeouts. If Synapse fails to connect to a remote homeserver, it will make note of the failure and will not retry the connection after a certain amount of time. This can happen if the remote homeserver goes offline or experiences connectivity issues. Synapse has a few ways of figuring out whether a remote homeserver has come back online, but this new admin API adds a way for administrators to manually tell Synapse a destination should be available.

Everything else

This release also improves Synapse's deactivation behaviour by deleting account data when deactivating a user. "Account data" refers to private arbitrary data that is specific to an account. It is used among other things for secure server-side storage (SSSS) which allows securely backing up end-to-end encryption keys.

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 (in no particular order) Dirk Klimpel, Vaishnav Nair, SequentialRead Software and Nick Barrett from Beeper.

Matrix v1.2 release

02.02.2022 18:57 — Releases Travis Ralston

Hey all,

Welcome to the second installment of our quarterly spec releases. If it feels like it hasn’t been long since our last release, you’re not alone! Our last release was just 3 months ago, introducing the new platform and world we build within.

This improvement in speed might seem too fast, but fret not: implementations are not expected to update as soon as the new spec is published. Rather, it is more realistic to expect that the ecosystem gradually update over the course of the following few months/year. Particularly after the massive release that was v1.1.

So, what’s new in v1.2? With 18 MSCs merged there’s a lot to cover - we’ve picked some notable highlights and recommend the full changelog at the bottom for a complete idea of what’s been going on.

Rearchitecting with Spaces

Spaces launched into beta last May, redefining how we can use rooms on Matrix to represent different data structures. Described mostly as MSC1772, Spaces are simply rooms with a specific type in their event. With state events being used to define which other rooms (meaning Spaces too) are part of that Space, the possibilities for tree-like structured data become endless.

There’s still quite a lot of work to do in the Spaces space (hah), though we’re excited to see it all land. For instance, MSC3216 and MSC2962 target power level syncing, MSC3219 aims for flair, and MSC3089 looks at file structures using Spaces. We might even be able to replace the public room directory with a server-wide space, making writing clients a little bit easier.

Public, but not too public, join rules

Restricted rooms are new in this release from MSC3083. In these rooms (and therefore Spaces too!), the join rules can be configured such that a member of another room can join without needing an invite. In a typical setup, this means that a Space could be set as invite-only, but all the rooms and Spaces underneath that Space could allow joins for members of the parent Space. When someone wishes to explore the universe you’ve laid out in your Space they can simply join the interesting rooms without having to ask for invites constantly.

This feature changes how membership events are authorized, so is only available in room versions 8 and 9 (both introduced in this release). Room version 9 fixes a relatively rare bug from version 8, so we’d recommend using v9 if you’re planning an upgrade for this functionality.

Further work in this area involves figuring out how to keep membership lists perfectly in sync between the rooms, which is currently done by external tooling. For example, evicting someone from the parent Space could (optionally) evict the user from all the subsequent rooms and Spaces too.

We also need to figure out how to support both knocking and restricted rooms at the same time (oops). MSC3613 and MSC3386 both tackle this problem in different ways and timescales.

Matrix: A URI

A massive shoutout goes to kitsune and the whole community for working on MSC2312, giving us a URI we can pass around outside of Matrix to bring us back in. The early work on this dates all the way back to 2014, the very beginning of Matrix’s development, and has since been marked Provisional by the IANA.

The full spec is available here - feel free to discuss it at matrix:r/ ;)

The full changelog

MSCs are how the spec changes in the way it does - adding, fixing, and maintaining features for the whole ecosystem to use. The blog post can’t cover them all, but that doesn’t make them any less important! Check out the full changelog below, and the Spec Change Proposals page for more information on how these MSCs got merged (hint: they submitted a proposal, which anyone can do - take a look at the Matrix Live episode where Matthew covers the proposal process).

Client-Server API

Breaking Changes

  • The prev_content field is now returned inside the unsigned property of events, rather than at the top level, as per MSC3442. (#3524)
  • The aliases property from the chunks returned by /publicRooms, as per MSC2432. (#3624)

New Endpoints

  • Add the Space Hierarchy API (GET /_matrix/client/v1/rooms/{roomId}/hierarchy) as per MSC2946. (#3610)
  • Add /_matrix/client/v1/register/m.login.registration_token/validity as per MSC3231. (#3616)

Backwards Compatible Changes

  • Extend /_matrix/client/r0/login to accept a m.login.appservice, as per MSC2778. (#3324)
  • Add support for restricted rooms as per MSC3083, MSC3289, and MSC3375. (#3387)
  • Add is_guest to /account/whoami as per MSC3069. (#3605)
  • Expand guest access to sending any room event and state event as per MSC3419. (#3605)
  • Add Spaces and room types as per MSC1772 and MSC2946. (#3610)
  • Add new m.set_displayname, m.set_avatar_url, and m.3pid_changes capabilities as per MSC3283. (#3614)
  • Add support for fallback keys (optional keys used once one-time keys run out), as per MSC2732. (#3615)
  • Add token-authenticated registration support as per MSC3231. (#3616)

Spec Clarifications

  • Make AesHmacSha2KeyDescription consistent with KeyDescription in marking name as optional. (#3481)
  • Fix various typos throughout the specification. (#3482, #3495, #3509, #3535, #3591, #3601, #3611, #3671, #3680)
  • Explicitly mention RFC5870 in the definition of m.location events (#3492)
  • Add 403 M_FORBIDDEN error code to /profile/{userId} as per MSC3550. (#3530)
  • Clarify the description of the /sync API, including a fix to an ASCII art diagram. (#3543)
  • Clarify that base_url in client well_known may or may not include trailing slash. (#3562)
  • Clarify which signature to check when decrypting m.olm.v1.curve25519-aes-sha2 messages. (#3573)
  • Clarify what "Stripped State" is and what purpose it serves, as per MSC3173. (#3606)
  • Clarify how to interpret missing one-time key counts. (#3636)
  • Correct the schema for the responses for various API endpoints. (#3650)
  • Clarify that group mentions are no longer in the specification. (#3652)
  • Distinguish between "federation" event format as exchanged by the Federation API, and the "client" event formats as used in the client-server and AS APIs. (#3658)
  • Fix the rendering of the responses for various API endpoints. (#3674)

Server-Server API

New Endpoints

  • Add the Space Hierarchy API (GET /_matrix/federation/v1/hierarchy/{roomId}) as per MSC2946. (#3610, #3660)

Backwards Compatible Changes

Spec Clarifications

  • Fix various typos throughout the specification. (#3527)
  • Clarify that GET /_matrix/federation/v1/event_auth/{roomId}/{eventId} does not return the auth chain for the full state of the room. (#3583)
  • Fix the rendering of the responses for various API endpoints. (#3674)

Application Service API

Spec Clarifications

  • Distinguish between "federation" event format as exchanged by the Federation API, and the "client" event formats as used in the client-server and AS APIs. (#3658)
  • Fix the rendering of the responses for various API endpoints. (#3674)
  • Correct the documentation for the response value for GET /_matrix/app/v1/thirdparty/protocol/{protocol}. (#3675)

Identity Service API

Backwards Compatible Changes

  • Add the room_type to stored invites as per MSC3288. (#3610)

Spec Clarifications

  • Fix the rendering of the responses for various API endpoints. (#3674)

Push Gateway API

Spec Clarifications

  • Fix the rendering of the responses for various API endpoints. (#3674)

Room Versions

Backwards Compatible Changes

Spec Clarifications

  • Fully specify room versions to indicate what exactly is carried over from parent versions. (#3432, #3661)
  • Clarifications to sections on event IDs and event formats. (#3501)
  • Remove a number of fields which were incorrectly shown to form part of the unsigned data of a Federation PDU. (#3522)
  • Fix heading order of room version specifications to be consistent. (#3683)
  • Add missing "Signing key validity period" section to room version 6. (#3683)
  • Fix auth rules to allow membership of knock -> leave in v7, v8, and v9. (#3694)


Backwards Compatible Changes

  • Describe "Common Namespaced Identifier Grammar" as per MSC2758. (#3171)
  • Describe the matrix: URI scheme as per MSC2312. (#3608)

Synapse 1.51 released

25.01.2022 00:00 — Releases Brendan Abolivier

Synapse 1.51 is out! Here's what's new with this week's release.

Deprecation of the webclient listener

A long time ago, Synapse used to serve a very basic web Matrix client (named "console") that could be used to connect to the homeserver. Server administrators could chose to make it available to their users by configuring a webclient listener.

This web client was removed in Synapse 0.34 back in 2018, but the webclient listener stayed, instead allowing server admins to serve the web client of their choice (or redirect to it) through the web_client_location configuration file.

Synapse 1.53 will remove the webclient listener, as well as the ability to set web_client_location to a static directory (instead of a HTTP(S) URL). See the upgrade notes for more information.

Aggregations and sync

The concept of server-side aggregation in Matrix is defined in MSC2675 and is the ability for homeservers to extend the information included in an event using other events that relate to it. This allows, for example, clients to quickly retrieve the reactions associated with a given message, or its latest edit.

This release includes a number of notable performance improvements to calculating aggregations when responding to /sync requests. We continue to measure and investigate potential performance improvements in this area, which should end up greatly benefiting /sync response times.


FOSDEM, one of the biggest gatherings around free and open-source software in the world, is happening next week! Just like last year, the conference will happen online and will be hosted on Matrix. And just like last year, it will be packed with super interesting Matrix-related (but not only) talks.

One new addition this year is the presence of a whole devroom dedicated to Matrix. It will be hosted on February 6th, and you can already find its whole schedule of talks right here.

The Synapse team will be giving a couple of talks during the day: Events for the Uninitiated by Shay at 11:10, and Beyond the Matrix: Extend the capabilities of your Synapse homeserver by yours truly at 16:40 (all times CET). Come say hi! 🙂

Everything else

This release includes a couple of spaces-related bug fixes, specifically related to the /_matrix/client/v1/room/{roomId}/hierarchy API. One of them in particular targets a bug in spaces that include more than 50 rooms, and should make it much easier to look for a specific room inside a space.

The synapse_review_recent_signups script, which allows homeserver administrators to review recent signups (e.g. in the event of a spam attack), was also improved with an option to exclude virtual users belonging to an application service from the results. See synapse_review_recent_signups --help for more information.

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 (in no particular order) Dirk Klimpel, br4nnigan, Philippe Daouadi, Daniël Sonck and AndrewFerr.

Synapse 1.50 released

18.01.2022 18:34 — Releases Brendan Abolivier
Last update: 18.01.2022 17:58

Welcome all for the first Synapse release of 2022: Synapse 1.50!

Note that, as per our platform dependency deprecation policy, Synapse no longer supports Python 3.6 and PostgreSQL 9.6 as of this version. As a result, we have also stopped shipping Debian packages for Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver), as it ships with Python 3.6.

As a reminder, please note that Ubuntu 21.04 (Hirsute Hippo) reaches its own end of life on January 20, 2022. Past this date we will stop producing new packages for Ubuntu 21.04.

Encrypted application services

Application services (sometimes called "appservices"), are privileged processes that can interact with a Matrix homeserver in a way a normal user cannot. This is especially useful for bridges, as it allows them to register and puppet multiple users on the homeserver to replicate activity from other platforms.

One of the main shortcomings of application services currently is that they do not support end-to-end encryption. This means that messages sent through a bridge are never encrypted and always visible by the homeserver.

We've recently started work to tackle this issue in the form of MSC3202. A first part of implementing this MSC (allowing application services to masquerade as specific devices) has landed in this release of Synapse; work is still ongoing towards a full implementation, so watch this space!

Improved reliability on device list updates

While working on this release, we identified a long-standing bug that could prevent Synapse from sending device lists update over federation if the server had a high number of active users and/or users with a lot of devices connected to their account.

This bug was introduced back in Synapse 1.0.0, and meant that the homeserver would miss some device list updates when communicating with other homeservers if the amount of updates to send was too high. In practice, this means users on remote homeservers could see outdated device information for other users (including outdated device verification statuses).

Synapse 1.50 includes a fix to this bug. This should contribute towards making the propagation of device list updates more reliable.

Everything else

This release introduces support for MSC3419, which allows guest users to send arbitrary state events into a room. This will be especially useful to the ongoing work on group VoIP calls, which involves having users send new state events into the room to signal their participation in a call.

We've also stabilised identifiers for cross-signing and fallback keys now that MSC1756 and MSC2732 have been merged into the Matrix spec.

On the documentation side of things, the page on setting up and configuring a TURN server has been updated to feature instructions on how to deal with NATs. This is a much welcome addition as configuring TURN is something a lot of Synapse admins struggle with!

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, Donny Johnson and AndrewFerr.

Note: An issue preventing client logins (#11763) was identified immediately following the release of Synapse 1.50.0. We released Synapse 1.50.1 the same day with a fix for this issue.