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This is solanum 1.0-dev. See LICENSE for licensing details (GPL v2).


Includes changes from charybdis-4.1.3-dev.

This release includes breaking changes from charybdis 4.x. Please pay close attention to bolded warnings in the full release notes below.


  • Add --with-asan to configure to produce an ASan instrumented build

server protocol

  • OPER is now propagated globally, as :operator OPER opername privset


  • Breaking: invite-notify is now enabled by loading the invite-notify extension
  • Prioritise older, more important client capabilities for clients that can only accept one line of CAP LS
  • Add the vendor capability (provided by extensions/cap_realhost)
  • Add the vendor capability (provided by extensions/identify_msg)
  • Server-side aliases preserve protocol framing characters
  • Add the +G user mode for soft callerid (implicitly allow users with a common channel)
  • /invite no longer punches through callerid
  • invite-notify now works
  • Rejectcached users are now sent the reason of the ban that caused their reject in most cases
  • Rejectcache entries expire when their corresponding K-lines do
  • One-argument /stats and zero-argument /motd are no longer ratelimited
  • Channel bans don't see through IP spoofs
  • Global /names now respects userhost-in-names
  • The $j extban is no longer usable inside ban exceptions
  • TLSv1 connections are accepted. They can still be disabled using OpenSSL config if you don't want them. TLSv1 existing is not thought to be a threat to up-to-date clients.


  • Breaking: Kick immunity for override is now its own extension, override_kick_immunity
  • Breaking: /stats A output now follows the same format as other stats letters
  • Breaking: helpops now uses +h instead of +H
  • Breaking: sno_whois and the spy_ extensions have been removed
  • Opers now have their privset (identified by name) on remote servers
  • Oper-only umodes are refreshed after rehash and /grant
  • Extension modules can be reloaded
  • Override no longer spams about being enabled/disabled. It continues to spam on each use.
  • Add /testkline, which has the same syntax as /testline but doesn't check if the mask is ilined
  • /privs is now remote-capable and can respond with more than one line
  • Most commands now respect oper hiding
  • Massnotice (notice/privmsg to .../$#...) now alerts opers
  • Massnotice no longer imposes any restrictions on the target mask
  • /kline and /dline are hardened to invalid inputs
  • K/D-lines are more consistent about checking for encoded ipv4-in-ipv6 addresses
  • Add extensions/drain to reject new connections
  • Add extensions/filter to filter messages, parts and quits with a Hyperscan database
  • Add extensions/sasl_usercloak to interpolate SASL account names into I-line spoofs


  • Breaking: Completely overhaul oper privs. All privset configs will need to be rewritten. See reference.conf for details.
  • Add the kline_spoof_ip I-line flag to make any spoof opaque to K-line matching
  • Add general::hide_tkline_duration to remove durations from user-visible ban reasons
  • Add general::hide_opers, which behaves as if all opers have oper:hidden
  • Add general::post_registration_delay
  • Add general::tls_ciphers_oper_only to hide TLS cipher details in /whois
  • Add channel::opmod_send_statusmsg to send messages allowed by +z to @#channel
  • Add class::max_autoconn, with the behaviour of class::max_number for servers prior to charybdis 4
  • Add secure {} blocks. Networks listed in a secure block gain +Z and can match need_ssl I- and O-lines.
  • Remove general::kline_delay
  • If m_webirc is loaded, connections that try to use a webirc auth block as their I-line will be disconnected on registration


  • Breaking: WEBIRC now processes the "secure" option as specified by IRCv3. Web gateways that do not set this option will need to be updated or their connections will show as insecure.
  • Successfully changing IP with WEBIRC now drops an identd username


  • Channel lists are now kept sorted. A for-loop macro, ITER_COMM_CHANNELS, is introduced to efficiently compare two such lists.



  • src/s_user.c: don't corrupt usermodes on module unload/reload



  • Fix an issue with the PASS command and duplicate server instances.


  • Fix connection hang with blacklist/opm when ident is disabled.
  • Improve SASL CAP notification when the services server disconnects.
  • MbedTLS: Support ChaCha20-Poly1305 in default cipher suites.



  • SCTP is now supported for server connections (and optionally, user connections)


server protocol

  • SJOIN messages were being constructed in a 1024 byte buffer and truncated to 512 bytes when sending. This caused channels with more than 50 users to fail to propagate all of them during a net join.



  • Build system has been converted to libtool + automake for sanity reasons.
  • The compile date is now set at configure time rather than build time, allowing for reproducible builds. (#148, #149)
  • Support for GNUTLS 3.4 has been added.


  • Import the ability to exceed MAXCHANNELS from ircd-seven.
  • Implement IRCv3.2 enhanced capability negotiation (CAP LS 302).
  • Implement support for receiving and sending IRCv3 message tags.
  • Implement IRCv3.2 capabilities: (#141)
    • account-tag
    • echo-message
    • invite-notify
    • sasl
    • server-time
  • SASL: certificate fingerprints are now always sent to the SASL agent, allowing for the certificate to be used as a second authentication factor.


  • Merge several features from ircd-seven:
    • Implement support for remote DIE/RESTART.
    • Implement support for remote MODLOAD et al commands.
    • Add the GRANT command which allows for temporarily opering a client.
    • Implement the hidden oper-only channel modes framework.
    • Implement a channel mode that disallows kicking IRC operators (+M).
  • Enhance the oper override system, allowing more flexibility and detail in network-wide notices.
  • DNS, ident, and blacklist lookups have been moved to a dedicated daemon known as authd. Some cosmetic changes to blacklist statistics and rejection notices have resulted.
  • An experimental OPM scanner has been added to authd. Plaintext SOCKS4, SOCKS5, and HTTP CONNECT proxies can be checked for.
  • The LOCOPS command has been moved from core to an extension.
  • All core modules in charybdis have descriptions, which are shown in MODLIST.
  • Suffixes should not be used when doing /MODLOAD, /MODUNLOAD, /MODRELOAD, etc.


  • Support for WebSocket has been added, use the listen::wsock option to switch a listener into websocket mode.


  • Add the ability to strip color codes from topics unconditionally.
  • The obsolete hub option from server info has been removed.


  • The documentation has been cleaned up; obsolete files have been purged, and files have been renamed and shuffled around to be more consistent.


  • common.h is gone. Everything useful in it was moved to ircd_defs.h.
  • config.h is gone; the few remaining knobs in it were not for configuration by mere mortals, and mostly existed as a 2.8 relic. Most of the knobs live in defaults.h, but one is well-advised to stay away unless they know exactly what they are doing.
  • A new module API has been introduced, known as AV2. It includes things such as module datecodes (to ensure modules don't fall out of sync with the code), module descriptions, and other fun things.
  • Alias and module commands are now in m_alias and m_modules, respectively, and can be reloaded if need be. For sanity reasons, m_modules is a core module, and cannot be unloaded.
  • irc_dictionary and irc_radixtree related functions are now in librb, and prefixed accordingly. Typedefs have been added for consistency with existing data structures. For example, now you would write rb_dictionary *foo and RB_DICTIONARY_FOREACH.
  • C99 bools are now included and used in the code. Don't use ints as simple true or false flags anymore. In accordance with this change, the YES/NO and TRUE/FALSE macros have been removed.
  • Return types from command handlers have been axed, as they have been useless for years.
  • libratbox has been renamed to librb, as we have diverged from upstream long ago.
  • Almost all 2.8-style hashtable structures have been moved to dictionaries or radix trees, resulting in significant memory savings.
  • The block allocator has been disabled and is no longer used.
  • The ratbox client capabilities have been ported to use the ircd capabilities framework, allowing for modules to provide capabilities.
  • Support for restarting ssld has been added. ssld processes which are still servicing clients will remain in use, but not service new connections, and are garbage collected when they are no longer servicing connections.
  • Support for ratbox-style 'iodebug' hooks has been removed.
  • New channel types may be added by modules, see extensions/chantype_dummy.c for a very simple example.


server protocol

  • Fix propagation of ip_cloaking hostname changes (only when setting or unsetting the umode after connection).
  • Fix a remote-triggerable crash triggered by the CAPAB parsing code.
  • As per the TS6 spec, require QS and ENCAP capabilities.
  • Require EX and IE capabilities (+e and +I cmodes).
  • Check that UIDs start with the server's SID.


  • Allow mode queries on mlocked modes. In particular, allow /mode #channel f to query the forward channel even if +f is mlocked.
  • Strip colours from channel topics in /list.
  • If umode +D or +g are oper-only, don't advertise them in 005.
  • If MONITOR is not enabled, don't advertise it in 005.
  • Add starttls as per ircv3.
  • Abort a whowas listing when it would exceed SendQ, which would previously disconnect the user.
  • Reject nicks with '~' in them, rather than truncating at the '~'.
  • Remove CHARSET=ascii from ISUPPORT
  • Use the normal rules for IP visibility in /whowas.
  • Cmode +c now strips '\x0F' (^O, formatting off), fixing weird rendering in some clients that internally use mIRC formatting such as highlighted messages in HexChat.
  • Indicate join failure because of the chm_sslonly extension (cmode +S) using the same 480 numeric as ircd-ratbox.
  • Do not allow SASL authentication when the configured SASL agent is unavailable.
  • Automatically add unidentified users to the ACCEPT list when a user is set +R, as we do when the user is set +g.
  • Implement IRCv3.2 capabilities:
    • cap-notify
    • chghost
    • userhost-in-names
  • Implement the &, | and $m extban types:
    • $& combines 1 or more child extbans as an AND expression
    • $| combines 1 or more child extbans as an OR expression
    • $m provides normal hostmask matching as an extban for the above
  • Do not allow STARTTLS if a connection is already using TLS.
  • Display an operator's privilege set in WHOIS.
  • The $o extban now matches against privilege set names as well as individual privileges. Privilege set names are preferred over individual privileges.


  • Fix a crash with /testline.
  • Complain to opers if a server that isn't a service tries to SU/RSFNC/NICKDELAY/SVSLOGIN.
  • Turn off umode +p (override) when deopering.
  • Make listener error messages (e.g. port already in use) visible by default instead of only on snomask +d and in ioerrorlog.
  • Remove snotes on +r about GET/PUT/POST commands ("HTTP Proxy disconnected").
  • Add DNSBL snotes on snomask +r.


  • Add hide_uncommon_channels extension to hide uncommon channel memberships in WHOIS, like in ircd-seven.
  • Add chm_nonotice extension, cmode +T to reject notices.
  • Add restrict-unauthenticated extension, prevents unauthenticated users from doing anything as channel operator.
  • Add no_kill_services extension, prevents local opers from killing services.
  • Allow matching specific replies of DNSBLs, using the new matches option.
  • Remove blowfish crypt since it has the BSD advertising clause.
  • Fix SHA256 (5) crypt.
  • Make the channel::channel_target_change option actually work (it used to be always on).
  • SSL/TLS listeners now have defer_accept unconditionally enabled on them.
  • The method used for certificate fingerprints (CertFP) is now configurable. SHA1, SHA256 and SHA512 are available options.
  • The minimum user threshold for channels in default /list output is now configurable.


  • Work around timerfd/signalfd brokenness on OpenVZ.
  • Fix a compilation issue in libratbox/src/sigio.c with recent glibc.
  • Extend documentation slightly.
  • Remove a BSD advertising clause that permission was granted to remove.
  • Add support for hooking PRIVMSG/NOTICE.
  • Reenable and fix the GnuTLS support.
  • Add mbedTLS backend for SSL/TLS.
  • Remove EGD support.
  • Try other DNS servers if errors or corrupt replies are encountered.
  • Rename script to genssl.
  • Choose more secure SSL/TLS algorithms.
  • Fix reconnecting with SSL/TLS with some clients such as ChatZilla (see for details.)
  • Improve error messages about the configuration file.
  • Fix a crash when compiled with recent clang on 32-bit systems.
  • Fix various memory leaks in rehash.
  • Fix various code quality issues.
  • Add --with-shared-sqlite to allow distribution packages to link to a shared sqlite library. Using this is not recommended for on-server compilation.
  • ISUPPORT tokens which are actually provided by modules have been moved to their respective modules.


server protocol

  • Allow overriding opers (with the new extension) to op themselves on channels.
  • Allow RSFNC to change a nickname's capitalization only.
  • Add channel ban forwarding $ much like ircd-seven. Local use of this is controlled by the channel::use_forward config option.
  • Add ENCAP TGINFO to propagate IP addresses that exceeded target change limits (these get a lower limit when they reconnect).


  • Consider bogus CTCP ACTION messages (without action text) CTCP (for cmode +C).
  • Send ERR_TOOMANYCHANNELS for each channel join that fails due to channel limits.
  • Add account-notify client capability to notify clients about logins and logouts of users in common channels. See doc/account-notify.txt.
  • Add extended-join client capability to add account name and ircname to JOIN.
  • Add topic TS and channel TS constraints for /LIST (T<, T>, C<, C> parameters as in some other servers).
  • Disallow wildcarded nicknames in "hunted" parameters like /stats and /motd.
  • Disallow mIRC italics in channel names when disable_fake_channels.
  • Add AUTHENTICATE EXTERNAL support, allows SASL authentication using a certificate fingerprint.
  • Allow channel::kick_on_split_riding to protect channels with mlocked keys.
  • The NICKLEN token in 005 now only specifies the maximum usable nick length. The MAXNICKLEN token specifies the maximum nick length any user can have.
  • Disallow $ in usernames as this may cause problems with ban forwarding.
  • Add an error message (numeric 743) if a ban mask is invalid.
  • Extract the underlying IPv4 address from 6to4 and Teredo IPv6 addresses. Show it in a remote /whois and check channel bans, quiets, D:lines and K:lines against it. Note that ban exceptions and auth{} blocks are not checked.
  • Allow normal users to perform /privs on themselves, showing some privileges from the auth{} block.
  • Add away-notify client capability, see doc/away-notify.txt.
  • Add rate limit for high-bandwidth commands, in particular /who .
  • Rate limit /away to help avoid flooding via away-notify.
  • Apply colour stripping (cmode +c) and CTCP checking (cmode +C) to messages to @/+ channel as well.
  • Channel mode +c (and other places that disallow colour codes) now also strip ASCII 4 (a different kind of colour code).


  • Add operspy for /list.
  • Add a server notice to snomask +b if a user exceeds target change limits.
  • Add missing server notice for kills from RSFNC and SVSLOGIN.
  • Add /stats C to show information about dynamically loaded server capabilities.


  • Add support for linking using SSL certificate fingerprints as the link credential rather than the traditional password pair.
  • Add m_roleplay extension, provides various roleplay commands.
  • Add override extension, umode +p oper override for opers with oper:override permission, with accountability notices and timeout. Note that opers cannot op themselves if there are older servers on the network.
  • Add channel::disable_local_channels config option.
  • Add support for IPv6 DNSBLs. A new "type" option specifies the IP version(s) for which each DNSBL should be checked.
  • Make flood control settings configurable by those who know exactly what they are doing.
  • Add serverinfo::nicklen config option to limit the nick length for local users. Different values of this option do not break the server protocol.
  • Add extb_usermode extension, $m:+- extban matching against umodes.
  • Extend extb_oper extension to allow matching against oper privileges.
  • Add m_remove extension, /remove command as in ircd-seven.
  • Add general::away_interval to allow configuring /away rate limiting.
  • Add listener::defer_accept to delay accepting a connection until the client sends data. This depends on kernel support. It may break BOPM checking.


  • In mkpasswd, default to SHA512-based crypt instead of MD5-based crypt.
  • Add --with-custom-branding and --with-custom-version configure options to help forks/patchsets distinguish themselves.
  • Change version control from Mercurial to GIT.
  • Ensure SIGHUP and SIGINT keep working after a SIGINT restart.
  • Add --enable-fhs-paths configure option to allow installing into a more FHS-like hierarchy.
  • Remove broken GnuTLS support. SSL/TLS is now only provided using OpenSSL.


server protocol

  • Add new BAN command, for propagated network-wide bans (K/X:lines and RESVs). These will burst to new servers as they are introduced, and will stay in sync across the whole network (new BAN capab).
  • Add new MLOCK command, to implement ircd-side channel mode locks. This allows services to send out a list of mode letters for a given channel which may not be changed, preventing mode fights between services and client bots (new MLOCK capab).


  • New RPL_QUIETLIST(728) and RPL_ENDOFQUIETLIST(729) numerics are used for the quiet (+q) list, instead of overloading the ban list numerics.
  • Users may no longer change the topic of a -t channel if they cannot send to it.
  • Add help for EXTBAN, describing the syntax of extended bans in general, as well as the most common types.
  • Changed AWAY messages are now propagated to other servers. Previously, AWAY was only propagated when the user was not already away.
  • Channel mode +c (and other places that disallow colour codes) now also strip ASCII 29 (mIRC 7 italics).
  • Add auto-accept for user mode +g (callerid): Messaging a user while set +g will automatically add them to your accept list.
  • Add target change for channels. It applies to unopped, unvoiced and unopered users. This has the effect of stopping spambots which join, message and part many channels at a time.
  • Show RPL_WHOISLOGGEDIN in /whowas as well as in /whois entries. This adds at most an additional 0.5MB of memory usage.


  • Add general::use_propagated_bans to switch the new BAN system on or off.
  • Add general::default_ident_timeout, to control the timeout for identd (auth) connections.
  • Add channel::channel_target_change to switch the new channel target change limits on or off.
  • Fix class::number_per_ident so that it also applies to connections without identd.
  • Change the example sslport option to 6697, which is more standard than 9999.


  • The custom channel mode API has been rewritten, allowing these modules to work correctly when reloaded, or loaded from the config file.
  • The EFNet RBL is now recommended, instead of DroneBL.
  • Remove the unsupported modules directory.
  • Numerous bug fixes and code cleanups.
  • In mkpasswd, default to MD5 crypt instead of insecure DES.


server protocol

  • Apply +z to messages blocked by +b and +q as well. (new EOPMOD capab)
  • Add new topic command ETB, allowing services to set topic+setter+ts always. (new EOPMOD capab)
  • The slash ('/') character is now allowed in spoofs.


  • Add can_kick hook, based on the ircd-seven one.
  • Add cmode +C (no CTCP) from ircd-seven.
  • Flood checking has been reworked.
  • Fix op-moderate (cmode +z) for channel names with '@'.
  • Add CERTFP support, allowing users to connect with an SSL client certificate and propagating the certificate fingerprint to other servers. Services packages can use this to identify users based on client certificates.
  • Maintain the list of recently used targets (for the target change anti-spam system) in most-recently-used order, overwriting the least recently used target with a new one. This should be friendlier to users without giving spambots anything.
  • Do not require target change slots for replying to the last five users to send a private message, notice or invite.
  • Apply target change restrictions to /invite.
  • Apply umode +g/+R restrictions to /invite, with the difference that instead of sending " is messaging you" the invite is let through since that is just as noisy.


  • Add /rehash throttles to clear throttling.
  • Send all server notices resulting from a remote /rehash to the oper.
  • '\s' for space is now part of the matching, not a substitution at xline time, fixing various issues with it.
  • Display o:line "nickname" in oper-up server notices.
  • Fix sendq exceeded snotes for servers.
  • SCAN UMODES: default list-max to 500, like a global WHO.
  • Ignore directory names in MODRELOAD to avoid crashing if it is a core module and the path is incorrect.
  • Tweaks to spambot checks.


  • Add channel::only_ascii_channels config option to restrict channel names to printable ascii only.
  • Add channel::resv_forcepart, forcibly parts local users on channel RESV, default enabled.


  • New mkpasswd from ircd-ratbox.
  • Check more system calls for errors and handle the errors.
  • Various ssld/libratbox bugfixes from ircd-ratbox. [some MERGED]
  • Fix fd passing on FreeBSD/amd64 and possibly Solaris/sparc. [MERGED]
  • Various documentation improvements. [some MERGED]
  • Fix some crash issues. [MERGED]
  • Add bandb from ircd-ratbox, which stores permanent dlines/klines/xlines/resvs in an sqlite database instead of a flatfile and does the storage in a helper process. Use bin/bantool -i to import your old bans into the database.


  • Remove TS5 support. No TS5 servers are permitted in a network with charybdis 3.1.0 or newer, except jupes.
  • Replace oper flags by privilege sets (privsets). This adds an extra level of indirection between oper flags and operator blocks. /stats O (capital O) shows the configured privsets.
  • Update libratbox and ssld from upstream and use it better.
  • Add auth_user to auth{}. This allows specifying a username:password instead of just a password in PASS, so that a fixed user@host is not necessary for a specific auth{} block.
  • Add need_ssl to auth{} and operator{}. This makes these blocks reject the user if not connected via SSL.
  • Allow modules to provide simple channel modes without parameter.
  • Remove restrictions on CNAME in the resolver.
  • Make the resolver remember nonresponsive nameservers.
  • Move nick collision notices from +s to +k.
  • Add additional information to various server notices about server connections.
  • Show throttle information in /stats t.
  • Show rejectcache and throttle information in /testline.
  • Show oper reason in /testline.
  • Allow opers to see other users' umodes with /mode .
  • SCAN UMODES GLOBAL NO-LIST MASK is no longer an operspy command.
  • Also apply floodcount to messages to remote clients (except services).
  • Remove user@server messages to local users. Sending such messages to remote servers is still possible, for securely messaging pseudoservers whether service{}'ed or not. The special oper-only syntax opers@server remains as well.
  • Allow /list on a named +p channel. A full /list already included +p channels.
  • Add operspy /topic.
  • For remote rehashes, send error messages to the requesting oper as well.
  • Disable autoconnect for a server with excessive TS delta.
  • Disallow invites to juped channels.
  • Warn about certain duplicate and redundant auth blocks.
  • Make PRIVMSG/NOTICE behave as CPRIVMSG/CNOTICE automatically if possible.
  • Allow +z messages from outside if a channel is -n.
  • Allow coloured part reasons in -c channels.
  • Add ircu-like WHOX support. This allows requesting specific information in /who and allows obtaining services login name for all users in a channel. XChat/Conspire use WHOX to update away status more efficiently.
  • Allow opers and shide_exempt users to see hopcounts even if flatten_links is on.
  • Rework ip_cloaking.
  • Add the IP address to userlog, as in ircd-ratbox 3.0.
  • Split cidr_bitlen into cidr_ipv4_bitlen and cidr_ipv6_bitlen.
  • Allow using ziplinks with SSL connections. This is not as efficient as using OpenSSL's built in compression, but also works with older versions of OpenSSL.
  • Fix an off by one error with zipstats processing, which could overwrite a variable with NULL causing a crash on some systems.
  • Document some extensions in charybdis-oper-guide.
  • Add more server protocol documentation.
  • Add m_sendbans extension, SENDBANS command to propagate xlines and resvs manually.
  • Add chm_sslonly extension, cmode +S for SSL/TLS only channels.
  • Add chm_operonly extension, cmode +O for IRCop only channels.
  • Add chm_adminonly extension, cmode +A for server admin only channels.
  • Various code cleanups.


  • Fix a crash on certain recent versions of Ubuntu.
  • Allow 127.x.y.z for DNSBL replies instead of just 127.0.0.x.
  • Various documentation improvements.


  • Fix IPv6 D:lines
  • Fix rejectcache and unknown_count.
  • Fix
  • Fix ident for SSL/TLS connections.
  • Fix SSL/TLS bugs for servers with more than about 100 connections.
  • Small bugfixes.


  • Improve OLIST extension error messages.
  • Improve some kline error checking.
  • Avoid timing out clients if we are still waiting for a DNSBL lookup.
  • Fix resolver hangs with epoll.
  • Fix compilation without zlib.


  • Fix occasional hung clients with kqueue.
  • Fix a rare ssld crash.
  • Fix a bug that could cause incorrect connect failure reasons to be reported.
  • Make the IRCd work on MacOS X again.


  • Port the IRCd to libratbox, which has improved our portability and allows us to reuse low-level code instead of maintaining our own.
  • Change configuration of maximum number of clients to ircd-ratbox 3 way.
  • Add adminwall from ircd-ratbox, as an extension.
  • Add client and server-to-server SSL, read example.conf for setup.
  • Replace servlink with ssld (also for ziplinks).
  • A new extban, $z, has been added for ssl users (extensions/
  • A new compatibility channel mode, +R, has been added, it sets +q/-q $~a (extensions/ This is similar to the +R seen in ircd-seven.
  • A new compatibility channel mode, +S, has been added, it sets +b/-b $~z (extensions/
  • A new compatibility channel mode, +O, has been added, it sets +iI/-iI $o (extensions/
  • Add remote D:lines. Note that these are not enabled by default.
  • Remove EFnet-style G:lines. Noone appears to use these.
  • Remove idle time checking (auto disconnecting users idle too long).
  • Display a notice to clients when the IRCd is shut down using SIGTERM.
  • Some error messages have been clarified to enhance usability.
  • Close the link to servers that send invalid nicks (e.g. nicklen mismatches). Formerly the users were killed from the network.
  • Enable topicburst by default in connect{}.
  • Fix a potential desync which can happen with oper override.
  • Remove "deopped" flag (TS5 legacy).
  • Use as nameserver if none can be found in /etc/resolv.conf.
  • Only accept 127.0.0.x as a dnsbl listing.
  • Change cloaking module (same as 2.2.1, different from 2.2.0).
  • Make some more server notices about failed remote connect attempts network wide.
  • Make some server notices about flooders and TS delta network wide.
  • Remove redundant " had been connected for
  • Add resv oper privilege to control /resv, /unresv and cmode +L and +P, enabled by default.
  • Add mass_notice oper privilege to control global notices and /wallops, enabled by default.
  • Rework unkline/undline/unxline/unresv so they show the exact item removed and do not rehash bans.
  • Show opers a list of recently (<24hrs) split servers in /map.
  • Add /privs command, shows effective privileges of a client.


  • The I/O code has been reworked, file descriptor metadata is stored in a hashtable and the maximum number of clients can now be set in ircd.conf.
  • Improve error checking and error messages for kline/dline/xline/resv files.
  • Allow kline ipv6:address, unkline and unkline ipv6:address without *@.
  • Add accountability (wallops, log) to OKICK extension.
  • Add opernick to OPME/OMODE/OJOIN log messages.
  • Add use_forward option, allows disabling cmode +fFQ and umode +Q.
  • Add keyword substitution to DNSBL reasons, making it possible to show things like the user's IP address in the reason.
  • Use sendto_one_notice() more.
  • Server notices about kills now include the victim's nick!user@host instead of just nick.
  • Include real hostname in Closing Link message for unknown connections that have sent USER, in particular banned users.
  • Add some documentation about the SASL client protocol.
  • Change spambot, flooder and jupe joiner notices from host to orighost.
  • Remove the last remains of server hostmasking (this made it possible to have multiple servers with similar names appear as a single server).
  • Keep bitmasks of modularized umodes reserved forever to the letter, avoiding problems when reloading umode modules in a different order.
  • Fix -logfile.
  • Update to the new revision (v8) of the TS6 spec, this fixes problems with joins reversing certain mode changes crossing them. This interoperates with older versions.
  • Put "End of Channel Quiet List" at the end of +q lists.
  • Fix invisible count getting desynched from reality if the act of opering up sets -i or +i.
  • Don't leak auth{} spoofed IP addresses in +f notices.
  • Shorten quit/part/kick reasons to avoid quit reasons overflowing the client exiting server notice (from TOPICLEN to 260).
  • Fix some cases where 10 char usernames lose their final character.
  • Move username check after xline and dnsbl checks, so it will not complain to opers about clients who are xlined or blacklisted anyway (both of which silently reject).
  • Remove invite_ops_only config option, forcing it to YES.
  • Allow /invite (but not invex) to override +r, +l, +j in addition to +i.
  • Add several new extensions, such as createoperonly.
  • Merge whois notice extensions into one and move it from snomask +y to +W.


  • Fix bug that could cause all hostmangled users to be exempted when a single ban exception existed on a channel.
  • Tweak \s code a little.
  • Add a minor clarification to the SGML docs.
  • Avoid truncation in ip_cloaking (by removing components on the other side). Note that this may cause channel +bqeI modes set on such very long hosts to no longer match.


  • Search the shortest list (user's/channel's) when looking up channel memberships.
  • Make the SID-collision notice look right under all conditions.
  • Move kills from services from +s to +k snomask.
  • When no_tilde is present on an auth{} block, check the non-tilde version of the user@host against k:lines as well.
  • Put full reason in the SQUIT reason when a server is rejected for insufficient parameters being passed to a command.
  • Don't redirect users to an existing domain,
  • Improve communication of servlink-related error messages.


  • Our official website is now
  • Make RPL_ISUPPORT (005 numeric) modularizable.
  • Also do forwarding if the channel limit (+l) is exceeded.
  • Don't count opers on service{} servers in /lusers.
  • Allow servers to send to @#chan and +#chan.
  • Allow +S clients (services) to send to channels and @/+ channels always.
  • Allow normal match() on IP address also in /masktrace.
  • Add new testmask from ratbox 2.2. Allows matches on nick, ip and gecos in addition to user and host, and is fully analogous to masktrace. The numeric has changed from 724 to 727 and fields in it have changed.
  • Show IP addresses to opers in /whowas.
  • Add extb_extgecos extban option ($x:nick!user@host#gecos), from sorcery modules.
  • Add extb_canjoin extban option ($j:#channel), matches if the user is banned from the other channel.
  • Allow opers to /who based on realhost.
  • Allow opers to /masktrace, /testmask based on realhost.
  • Add general::operspy_dont_care_user_info, limits operspy accountability to channel-related information.
  • Make host mangling more reliable.
  • Prevent ban evasion by enabling/disabling host mangling.
  • Add EUID, sends real host and services account in the same command as other user information.
  • Make it possible to send CHGHOST without ENCAP (fixes problems with old services).
  • Allow service{} servers to manipulate the nick delay table (for "nickserv enforcement", aka SVSHOLD).
  • Send server notices about connections initiated by remote opers network wide.
  • Fix too early truncation of JOIN channel list.
  • Make the newconf system available to modules.
  • Add /stats s to the hurt module to list active hurts.
  • Add general::servicestring, shown in /whois for opered services (+oS).
  • Show real host/IP behind dynamic spoof in /whois to the user themselves and opers.
  • Document option to disable nick delay.
  • Improve logging of server connections.
  • Clean up handling of hostnames in connect blocks.
  • Remove support for resolving, people should be using
  • Unbreak --disable-balloc (useful for debugging with tools like valgrind).
  • Make Solaris 10 I/O ports code compile.
  • Add WEBIRC module to allow showing the real host/IP of CGI:IRC users.
  • Comment out blacklist{} block in example confs, as AHBL requires notification before use.
  • Fix some bugs relating to the resolver.


  • Replace ADNS with a new smaller resolver from ircu and hybrid.
  • Make services shortcuts (/chanserv etc) configurable in ircd.conf.
  • Add extban: extensible +bqeI matching via modules. Syntax is $[:]. By default no modules are loaded.
  • Add DNS blacklist checking.
  • Change operator{} block user@host from host to orighost. This means that services/+h spoofs do not work in operator{} blocks; auth{} spoofs still work. Check your operator{} blocks!
  • Split contrib/ into extensions/ and unsupported/.
  • Change CHGHOST do show the change to all other clients on common channels with quit/join/mode.
  • Add /rehash nickdelay to clear out the nickdelay tables.
  • Glines are now disabled in the example confs.
  • Show more error messages on stderr.
  • Add OMODE command to extensions/ for easier oper mode hacking.
  • Add HURT system to extensions/; this shuns clients matching certain host/ip unless and until they identify to services. Mainly intended for SorceryNet.
  • Show SASL success and failure counts in /stats t.
  • Allow more frequent autoconnects to servers.
  • Messaging services by nickname no longer uses target change slots.
  • Only accept SASL from servers in a service{} block.
  • New auth{} flag need_sasl to reject users who haven't done SASL authentication.
  • Expand blah.blah and blah:blah to !@... instead of ...!@ for bans
  • Don't allow opers to fake locops/operwall to +w.
  • Documentation updates.
  • Many bugfixes.


  • Implement SAFELIST.
  • Incorporate ircu's match() algorithm.
  • Improve usermode modularization.
  • Seperate server notices into a seperate snomask, freeing up many usermodes to be used.
  • Add support for SIGNON originating from Hyperion2.
  • Modularize many server notices into seperate modules.
  • Add hooks for can_join and can_create_channel.
  • Add support for SASL authentication.
  • Add introduce_user hook for adding new messages when a user is bursted.
  • Move a large part of the ircd into libcharybdis.
  • Don't complain "unknown user mode" if a user tries to unset a mode they do not have access to.
  • Update our challenge specification to the challenge implementation in ratbox 2.2 for interoperability.
  • Make +f notices network-wide (local host, global host, global user@host, local class), other notices tied to +f remain local.
  • Allow ENCAP REALHOST outside of netburst.
  • Add general::global_snotices option to make server notices be network-wide or not.
  • Add sno_farconnect.c to contrib, provides farconnect support. Could be useful for BOPM.
  • Add sno_routing.c which displays information about netsplits, netjoins and the clients affected by them.
  • Add CHANTRACE and TRACEMASK commands from ratbox 3.0
  • Use IsOperAdmin() instead of IsAdmin() when sending admin-only messages, that way hidden admins get them too.
  • Add m_error to core_module_table, somehow it was missing.
  • Correct a format string bug that occurs when a read error is received.
  • Add some logging in places where we drop servers and only notify server operators.
  • Track hostmask limits based on a client's original host, if available.
  • Move HIDE_SPOOF_IPS into the general {} block in ircd.conf


  • Fix /invite UID leak. (Found by logiclrd@EFnet.)
  • Incorporate ratbox bugfixes for the MONITOR system.
  • Made show_ip() less braindead.
  • Show real errno if we fail to connect to a server.
  • Don't disclose server IP's when a connection fails.
  • Do not show the channels a service is sitting in.
  • Reverted the aline code from hybrid-7.2
  • Make sure TS6 services are recognized properly if connected remotely.
  • Tweak something in services support for cyrix boxes.


  • Fix propagation of an empty SJOIN (permanant channels).
  • Fix an exploit involving a malformed /trace request.
  • Don't display a blank RPL_WHOISCHANNELS in a remote whois request.
  • Allow modules to provide new usermodes.
  • On a nickname collision, change the collided nick to their unique ID, if general::collision_fnc is enabled in the config.
  • Don't allow UID lookups in /monitor + and /monitor s
  • Fix a garbage issue with channel mode +j.
  • Apply proper capability flags to the proper server in me_gcap().
  • Use find_named_person() instead of find_person() in a nick collision.
  • Prevent UID disclosure in cmode setting.
  • Prevent UID disclosure to remote clients in /kick.
  • Do not allow users to query via /whois .
  • Don't allow local users to use UID's in local usermode changes.
  • Propagate +q lists on netjunction.
  • Clear +q lists on a lowerTS SJOIN.
  • Ported a generic k/d/x-line parser from hybrid-7.2 which resulted in duplicate code reduction.
  • Fix linebuf raw code to not truncate lines longer than 512 bytes; improves ziplink reliability on net junction.
  • Use find_named_person() vs find_person() in services alias code.
  • Fix issue where channel forwarding token can be lost on net junction.
  • Fix empty channel desync issues involving +P.
  • Remove unused non-ENCAP CHGHOST support.
  • Use TS6 form for SQUIT wallops.
  • Propagate nickname changes for remote clients in TS6 form if possible, even if sent in TS5 format.
  • Only clear oper_only_umodes for local clients on deoper.


  • Display logged in status on non-local clients too.
  • Documentation updates
  • Fix a bug with forward target authorization.
  • Fix a bug with mode propagation (+Q/+F).
  • Change ERR_NOSUCHNICK to ERR_SERVICESOFFLINE in services aliases.
  • Add remote rehashing.
  • Document service { } blocks (u:lines on ircu).
  • Document identify_service and identify_command in reference.conf.


  • Implement channel mode +L for channel list limit exemptions.
  • Implement channel mode +P primarily as a status mode, permanant channel -- this is usually enforced via services registrations.
  • Change behaviour of /stats p: now displays all staff members instead of local ones only.
  • Make oper_list global, add local_oper_list for local traffic.
  • Strip control codes from parts and quits.
  • Add channel mode +c which strips control codes from messages sent to the channel.
  • Add channel mode +g which enables free use of the /invite command.
  • Add channel mode +z which sends rejected messages to channel ops. Could be useful for Q&A sessions or other similar events.
  • Add channel quietmasks. These are recommended over the use of channel bans used to remove a user's ability to participate in the channel.
  • Add channel join throttling mode, +j. Used to throttle channel join traffic, i.e. join/part flood attacks. Syntax: +j :
  • Improvements to channel_modes(), from shadowircd -- allows for better construction of the mode string.
  • Use the undernet throttle notice instead of bancache message when dealing with rejected clients. (stolen from ircu2.10.12)
  • Add channel forwarding, via channel mode +f, behaves similarly to dancer-ircd version.
  • Update example.conf to reflect AthemeNET changes. Original ratbox config is now reference.conf.
  • Services account names are now tracked globally.
  • Add channel mode +Q which disables the effects of channel forwarding on a temporary basis.
  • Add channel mode +F which allows anybody to disable forwarding target authorisation, voluntarily on their channels.
  • Make wallops behave like normal wallops.
  • Add services aliases: /ns, /cs, /os, /nickserv, /chanserv, /operserv.
  • Add simple hack that enables use of server password for automatic identify.