[JDEV] XML "feed" for server list

Ralph Meijer jabber.org at ralphm.ik.nu
Tue Jan 14 10:25:08 CST 2003

On Tue, Jan 14, 2003 at 08:47:48AM -0700, Peter Millard wrote:
> Ralph Meijer wrote:
> > If so, I would say it introduces needsless overhead for client
> > development to have to be able to speak HTTP, too, how simple it may
> > be. What I mean is that you establish a xmlstream with jabber.org,
> > and throw an <iq/> at it to get the server list via disco, before any
> > registration or authorisation. The client can then present that list
> > to the user and let him make a choice.
> Most dev environments have HTTP libraries or compnents these days... so
> adding HTTP-GET capabilities is easy. Not to mention, most clients already
> support HTTP-GET for basic file transfers also. It would be a lot hard to
> roll out c2s changes (either pthsock or jadc2s) to all currently deployed
> servers to allow disco packets to flow through the c2s component before I'm
> authenticated. This could also allow DoS attacks by requesting some huge
> number of disco queries w/out ever having to login.

Hmm, ok. But, for this case, only one deployed server would have to be
altered: jabber.org. Furthermore, aren't DoS attacks slowed down by karma?
If not, than repeatedly trying to register an existing account would cause

> I'm +1 on support as many methods as possible to extract this information
> from. SOAP would be interesting as pointed out in another post for allowing
> people to write some kind of automated jabber-registration service, etc.

I agree.

> I think at the minimum, we should have disco (servers.jabber.org) and
> HTTP-GET (http://www.jabber.org/serverlist.xml). Other methods can always be
> added later.

The disco you mention, is that the same one I propose? Then I'm all for it.
I would like having pure jabber solutions.



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