Copyright © 2021 Simon Ser <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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With the help of extensions such as
setname, clients are able to keep other users’ metadata
up-to-date with their local state when they share a channel. However, clients
are not able to do so when they don’t share a channel.
monitor extension allows clients to track when another
user goes offline or comes online. This specification extends MONITOR to also
include AWAY, ACCOUNT, CHGHOST and SETNAME notifications.
extended-monitor capability advertises that the server supports sending
such extended notifications for monitored nicks. When enabled by the client:
away-notify is also enabled, the client will get AWAY notifications for
account-notify is also enabled, the client will get ACCOUNT
notifications for monitored nicks.
chghost is also enabled, the client will get CHGHOST notifications for
setname is also enabled, the client will get SETNAME notifications for
This extension allows users to monitor personal information of other users. Since the IRC protocol doesn’t provide any way to atomically change this personal information (nick, host, realname all at the same time), it may be possible for an outside observer to track nick changes:
RPL_MONOFFLINE for nick A,
RPL_MONONLINE for nick B,
and then receives notifications for host and realname changes.
In this scenario, it’s possible for the observer to figure out that nick A and nick B are owned by the same user by comparing the host and realname.
For this reason, privacy conscious clients are advised to disconnect and re-connect to the IRC server as a way to atomically update personal information.